Deepdene Park, Olmsted Linear Park, Atlanta
PHOTO CREDIT: Olmsted Linear Park Alliance
Deepdene Park is the largest and easternmost stretch of the Olmsted Linear Parks on Ponce De Leon Avenue, situated between the city of Atlanta and Druid Hills. It’s a shining example of the kind of park you’ve driven by countless times but never noticed. From the street, there’s no way of knowing that it opens up to reveal a 22-acre tract of heavily-wooded terrain, complete with winding paths featuring steep slopes, running trails, a meadow, and a bubbling brook. Keep an eye out for crawdads and tiny newts going about their business in the creek bed while traversing the stone paths across the water. In the early 1900s, the park’s creator Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. said, “We want a ground to which people may easily go after the day’s work is done.” More than a century later, Olmsted’s vision for a simple yet profound escape still offers a bucolic intown setting for anyone in the city to explore and enjoy.