& Trip Ideas

Outdoor Escapes

The great outdoors are all around Atlanta, and they're never more than a short trip away. With more than 343 parks and 125 miles of multi-use trails covering the city, there's something outside for everyone — whether you're looking for a great hike or a leisurely stroll.

Stop One

Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Ave. W NW, Atlanta

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this is one of the most popular parks in the city due to numerous activities held every year, including festivals, ice skating and charity events. The park has a mix of man-made and natural beauty, combining water fountains with abundant greenspace. It's conveniently located next to the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Philips Arena — making it perfect for any trip into the city.

Near Peachtree Center stations and Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center

Stop Two

Morningside Nature Preserve

1941 Wellbourne Drive, Atlanta

The preserve is located on the banks of South Fork Peachtree Creek, offering visitors 30 acres of trail for hiking and walking. The main trail crosses the creek and circles around the nearby hills, opening up to a clearing with a view of the entire preserve.

Near Midtown MARTA station

Stop Three

Piedmont Park

1342 Worchester Drive NE, Atlanta

Piedmont Park covers more than 189 acres of land, making it one of the largest parks in Atlanta. Located in Midtown, the park hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, including MLK Day 5K Drum Run, Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival and Music Midtown. The park is filled with great outdoor attractions and features a lake, a dog park, large fields, playgrounds and tennis courts.

Near Midtown station

Stop Four

Central Park

400 Merritts Ave NE, Atlanta

The largest public park in Old Fourth Ward, Central Park has something for everyone, including walking paths, basketball and tennis courts, and an indoor recreational center.

Near North Avenue station

Stop Five

Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain is just a short trip away from the city and overlooks the Atlanta skyline. There are multiple scenic trails to explore as well as speciality attractions, including the Stone Mountain Laser Show Spectacular.

Near Kensington station via Route 121

Stop Six

Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta

The 30-acre botanical garden is located in Midtown just down the street from Piedmont Park. There are a number of themed gardens, canopy walks and a fine-dining restaurant in the Garden. Visit some of the signature plant collections, including the Desert House, the Tropical Rotunda and the Orchid Display House.

Near Midtown station

Stop Seven

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Trail

2852 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta

The preserve offers 120 acres of green space filled with hiking trails, a waterfall, wildlife forests and fresh springs. Explore the Cascade Springs Trail and visit earthworks built by Civil War soldiers near Utoy Creek.

Near the West End Station

Stop Eight

BeltLine Eastside Trail

From Piedmont Park south to Irwin Street in Inman Park

The BeltLine is an ongoing project to create a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along 22 miles of repurposed railroad. Pedestrian friendly and sustainable, the BeltLine is a great way to explore Atlanta's communities while enjoying the great outdoors. The Eastside Trail was the first completed path on the BeltLine and offers a tour of Atlanta's more urban areas.

Near King Memorial MARTA station

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