One of the most amazing things about Atlanta is how there are some very large parks tucked into developed and busting areas. We all know about the mainstream parks like Piedmont Park and the Beltline, but there are so many hidden gems that you need to know about ASAP!
1. Mason Mill Park
Mason Mill park is one of many beautiful parks on the south Peachtree creek and it feeds into Medlock Park so you can actually walk quite a ways on the trail. The coolest part about Mason Mill is all the artsy graffiti, so you can get some dope instagram pics if you check out this park! In addition to that, there are lots of cute bunnies hopping around and it’s so peaceful hanging out just watching the creek.
2. Island Ford Park
Island Ford is one of those parks that you could drive by without knowing, but it’s one that you’ve totally been missing out on. The park has lots of trails if you want to hike at different levels of difficulty, so there is something for everyone. Also, in the summer they rent out kayaks and little boats so this is a great summer spot to add to your list!
3. Murphy Candler Park
Located in Brookhaven, this wonderful park has been around forever, but the baseball fields have recently been revitalized to make this park into a center of activity. However, the main attraction is the beautiful lake and all the animals that call it home. Every spring, tons of Canadian geese make their long trip from the North just to come to this park. The trail around the lake is breathtaking and a great place to go on a jog or a leisurely walk.
4. Old Vickery Mill
Old Vickery Mill is a hidden gem in old town Roswell that is adored by locals. There’s a beautiful waterfall and covered bridge, but there’s also miles of trails that are great for hiking! This is a great spot that you can visit during every season of the year but if you go on the weekends, go early so you can snag a great parking spot!
5. Hanh Woods
Nestled in the Emory area, this is a park that you could drive by a hundred times without ever knowing it existed. This park feeds into Lullwater park, which is on Emory’s campus, so you can walk for a few miles and really get a workout. There’s a beautiful tiny waterfall and lots of creekside paths to walk on, so it’s a perfect park to spend a few hours at during this wonderful spring weather.