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Scenic, outdoorsy spots in Atlanta?

I'll be visiting Atlanta in the spring for about a week.  What are some scenic, outdoorsy spots where I could maybe go on a hike or job while taking in the view? 

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top answer by
Rocky from Atlanta

Not sure where you are staying but the Beltline Trail ( ) is brand new and connects many parts of the city together in a trail used for bikes, joggers or walkers.  The trail is more for "Urban Hiking".  Stone Mountain is another place, however that is technically a park that requires admission but you can climb the back side of the mountain and see the entire city. 

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  1. Beltline Trail (attraction)
  2. Stone Mountain (city)
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answered first by
Ross from Fort Collins

Take highway 400 up towards Dahlonega Ga. There are a lot of waterfalls, hikes, parks and oh ya it's the southern start of the application trail! You will have way to much to do and cheers!

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Hi Greg - here's a list of our favorite hiking and running trails in Atlanta, with maps, driving directions and photos:

Can't miss? Arabia Mountain TrailheadSweetwater Creek State Park, and the Chattahoochee River.

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  2. Sweetwater Creek State Park (attraction)
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answered by
Daisy from Atlanta

Midtown Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s central park has as fine mix of tar and turf for runners. The Atlanta Track Club has provided several water fountains in the park, making it easy to stay hydrated in the heat and humidity well known to Atlanta. If you prefer city streets, then take a turn around the perimeter of the park. It’s a nice 5K with sidewalks all the way.

It you have a car head to the Silver Comet Trail 

Jog Virginia Highland Neighborhood too!

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  2. Silver Comet Trail (attraction)
  3. Virginia Highland (neighborhood)
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answered by
Rockie from Atlanta

Piedmont Park, Grant Park, the Beltline Trail, Lullwater Park Trail--all good for walking and jogging in ATL.  If you want to take a bit of a drive, Stone Mountain and the East Palisades Beach are good for jogging.  For hiking, try Sweetwater Creek State Park and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

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  1. Piedmont Park (attraction)
  2. Grant Park (neighborhood)
  3. Beltline Trail (attraction)
  4. Lullwater Park Trail (attraction)
  5. Stone Mountain (city)
  6. Sweetwater Creek State Park (attraction)
  7. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (attraction)
  8. East Palisades Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Rob from Chicago

I would suggest Stone Mountain or Piedmont Park. If you like outdoors stuff you could even kayak the Chattahoochee River

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  2. Piedmont Park (attraction)
  3. Chattahoochee River (attraction)
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You should check out Stone Mountain Park

The hike is one mile each way, and the view from the top is lovely.

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answered by
Mirror from Nokomis, Florida

Piedmont Park is a great place for this we go a lot during the year they have many events during the year.

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answered by
Holly from Powder Springs, Georgia

Silver Comet Trail - used to be railroad now just bikers and joggers 65 mile length with many trailheads.

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