Atlanta is famous for its plentiful greenery, and there are so many gorgeous parks that call the city home.
If you’re looking for that perfect place for a picnic, or a hike to get the heart pumping. Atlanta has a great selection of parks and nature reserves that’ll help you forget you’re in the hustling city.
There’s enchanting waterfalls, insane views of the iconic skyline, and so much more on this list of the prettiest parks to visit in Atlanta:
1. Piedmont Park
Located about 1 mile from Downtown Atlanta, between the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods is the gorgeous Piedmont Park. Home to Georgia’s Botanical Gardens, you could make a day of it at Piedmont. The views of the skyline are unbeatable, making it the perfect place to watch the sunset.
2. Lullwater Park
Nestled within Emory University’s North Decatur campus is Lullwater Preserve. The tranquil vibes will relax you into forgetting that you’re in Atlanta. Enjoy its gorgeous waterfalls and castle ruins, and get lost in that famous Georgian nature. Expect a lot of dog-lovers and fitness fanatics, as this place has great running and walking trails.
3. AtlantaBotanical Garden
Although the Atlanta Botanical Garden is in Piedmont Park, this Atlantan gem deserves it’s own place on the list. You can spend an entire day exploring this picturesque attractions, with plenty to do for the whole family! Right now, there’s an incredible art installation by Green Man artist Patrick Shearn that’s taken over part of the gardens.
4. Chattahoochee Forest
The Chattahoochee River is one of Atlanta’s most beloved attractions. With romantic restaurants and incredible hiking trails, you could totally have a vacation (or staycation) in the forest that follows the stream. Take in that beautiful Georgian nature, with every corner utterly picture perfect.
5. Sweet Water Creek Park
The 2,549 acre Georgia state park in east Douglas County, is named after the picturesque creek that runs through it. You can hike, walk, run, mountain bike through some of the best nature the peach state has on offer. There’s even a gift shop with souvenirs and yummy ice creams.
6. Vickery Creek
Another great contender for Atlanta’s most romantic hiking trails. With waterfalls, bridges and nature unique to Georgia, it’s no wonder this place is a local hotspot for a lovely stroll. The natural wonderland is also home to a beautiful mill that’s Instagram ready.
7. Centennial Olympic Park
This year, the Centennial Olympic Park is celebrating it’s 25th year anniversary. It’s been 25 years since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and this park is a great memento of the games. Check out the Olympic Ring fountain, or get a birds eye view from the SkyView wheel.
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