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Best Intown Parks

Our list of the best intown Atlanta parks.

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Below are our recommendations for Intown Parks in Atlanta. These selections came from our past winners of Best of Atlanta, recommendations from readers who voted in the past 2 years of Best of and from our critic's personal choices. Please leave comments below about your ideas to add to this list.

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Headquarters of Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile loop of trails, greenspace, and parks that circles the city. | more...

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Atlanta's most fragrant attraction blooms with more than 3,000 ornamental plants spread over 30 acres adjacent to Piedmont Park, including a rare 15-acre urban forest. There is a 600-foot Canopy Walk situated 40 feet high, and regular exhibitions and concerts in the gardens. | more...

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A 55-acre greenspace with outdoor pool, tennis courts, playground, picnic area, and recently restored soccer field sits in the middle of the neighborhood with the same name. The renovated nine-hole golf course now includes a restored, naturalized creek. | more...

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Established in 1979 with city, state and federal funds, the 120-acre woodland and former Creek Indian settlement features steep inclines, a babbling creek, a waterfall, and is home to deer and more than 150 native plant species. It includes an old spring house where tourists once bathed and the rema... | more...

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The best thing to come out of the 1996 Olympics is this stately public plaza with dancing fountains, cool light towers, and a variety of spring and summer music series. A redesign of the park is in the works as part of the city's larger re-envisioning of Downtown. | more...

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It’s easy to forget that Constitution Lakes lies inside the Perimeter, considering how much wildlife thrives amid this 200-acre park located deep in Southeast Atlanta. The wetlands boardwalk offers a peaceful journey into a primitive Georgia landscape, where cedar waxwings, green herons, kingfishers... | more...

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Out past the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, heading south on Moreland Avenue is an Atlanta cultural gem: the mythical DOLL’S HEAD TRAIL. Created by ATL’s Joel Slaton, the trail is an outsider art exhibit with enough weirdness and compelling art made from refuse to leave you contemplating its existence ... | more...

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Located at the heart of Emory's campus, this park is free to the public during daylight hours. On warm days, the park is full of runners, families, and students trying to get out of the library. Be sure to check out the exterior of the Lullwater House, and go on less-traveled trails to see the Rapun... | more...

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Wikipedia: Fernbank Forest is a 65-acre mature mixed forest that is part of Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia. It has some relatively old trees compared to much of the forests in the Piedmont. | more...

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Spanning a whopping 210 acres, this is one of the largest city parks in Atlanta. Dog walkers can admire the park's permanent art installations along the walking trails. Bicyclists can follow its network of multi-use paths to some of the city's coolest neighborhoods — or link up with the Atlanta Belt... | more...

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The city's most popular off-leash dog park recently underwent renovations and has new landscaping. The park features a nearly 3-acre dog run, separate enclosures for large and small dogs, benches, and restrooms. The park is located just beneath the Park Drive bridge. | more...

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The 200-plus-acre park with tennis, walking trails, and a pond has been Atlanta's place to go on a Sunday afternoon since it was first purchased by the city in 1904. Piedmont Park added 13 acres in 2013 and unveiled a collection of new entrances. The add-on near the intersection of Piedmont Road and... | more...



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Website: Arthur Langford, Jr. Park is located just a few blocks from the future Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail in the heart of the Joyland neighborhood. The park is named after the late Arthur Langford, Jr., who served as a member of the Atlanta City Council and the Georgia Senate, and was the fat... | more...

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The paved and popular 2.25-mile path is part of the larger 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit known as the Atlanta Beltline that is changing the city for the better. The Eastside Trail provides a direct route from Midtown to Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward in minutes, a feat unheard of by car in ... | more...

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With the opening of the Northside Trail in April 2010, the neighborhoods around Collier Hills are now linked by a continuous mile-long trail. The updated trail traverses the Howard Property, “Cathedral Woods,” and Bobby Jones Golf Course, from Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park through Tanyard Cr... | more...

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Enjoy the rustic charm of this former railroad corridor winding behind old warehouses, historic neighborhoods, and under bridges while you can. More than $40 million is expected to be spent turning this overgrown gem between Washington Park and Adair Park into a glimmering multi-use path. | more...

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The 200-acre park winds along Peachtree Creek in one of Atlanta's loveliest neighborhoods. It includes a running trail, fields, playgrounds, 23 tennis courts (at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center), and the Bobby Jones Golf Course. | more...

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The 7-acre park features tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, a playground, and a $2 million recreation center that houses both a gym and a computer center with free classes for Atlanta residents. | more...

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One of the city's largest greenspaces, Brookhaven Park is popular with dog lovers. It's central to the neighborhood and within walking distance of a number of important locations, including Oglethorpe University, the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station, and Town Brookhaven, the neighborhood's behemo... | more...

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The site of the former Grant School, now Cabbagetown Park, marked the last option for developing a substantial swath of greenspace within the Cabbagetown neighborhood. After years of wrangling over details, price, and land use with the Atlanta Public School system throughout the late 1990s, the neig... | more...

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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 th... | more...

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This scenic neighborhood park features multiple play structures, shade trees, paths & picnic areas. | more...

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The 131-acre greenspace that gave the surrounding neighborhood its name is arguably the city's most mellow and picturesque. On weekends, it's a stomping ground for family reunions and one of Atlanta's most popular farmers markets. | more...

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The 106-acre park contains a 40-acre, nine-hole golf course that remains a bit of a hidden gem in southwest Atlanta, despite its prime location less than 5 miles from Downtown. The park also features picnic grills, a swimming pool, and clubhouse. | more...

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John Howell Park is a 3-acre parcel of land located 2.5 miles northeast of the central business district of the City of Atlanta. John Howell was a grassroots civic activist, well-known and well-loved for his extraordinary support of human rights, civil liberties, neighborhood preservation, and the a... | more...

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The Lionel Hampton-Beecher Nature Preserve is yet another flourishing intown wildlife sanctuary featuring a variety of rugged dirt and paved trails frequented by hikers and mountain bikers alike. The whole area is a haven for wildlife. Deer, box turtles, pileated woodpeckers, and hawks roam the wood... | more...

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Formerly called the Wildwood Forest, it's a 31-acre woodland plot that was saved after citizens fought to protect the rare and pristine oasis in the city. The nearly mile-long trail is a pleasant trek for hikers and cyclists — and the suspension bridge spanning the South Fork of Peachtree Creek is w... | more...

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Winding for approximately 1 mile through Tanyard Creek Park, the Northside Trail treats visitors to one of the most picturesque stretches of the Atlanta BeltLine. Offering a secluded feel that lets city life fade away, it serves as a connector for two previously existing trails. The Northside Trail ... | more...

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The result of a public-private partnership between the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, and Fernbank Inc. that includes six segments — Oak Grove, Shadyside, Virgilee, Dellwood, Springdale, and Deepdene. It was the brainchild of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. in 1890. | more...

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Perkerson Park is a lovely fixture of Southwest Atlanta’s Capital View neighborhood. At nearly 50 acres, it’s the largest greenspace in the area, complete with playground facilities, baseball fields, a tennis court, and an active disc golf course. What’s remarkable, though, is the patch of old-growt... | more...

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Phoenix Park II is within the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta. It has been developed by the neighborhood over the past few years as part of an ongoing park vision plan. This 7-acre property has standard public park amenities, including several sports courts & fields. | more...

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Park, tennis courts, basketball in the heart of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. | more...

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South Bend Park is a part of the Southtowne Path Trail which is a 2.7 mile trail in South Atlanta. Scenic river path. | more...

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South River Trail is a system of quiet, paved biking, running, and walking trails interspersed with paths into the woods. It’s a great intown wildlife spot and a true alternative to the Beltline. Ride your bike freely here throughout a varying terrain of trees and paved trails that can take you all ... | more...

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The Stone Mountain Trail begins near Georgia Tech and runs thru Freedom Park continuously to Stone Mountain Park. The trail is 19 miles long with paths and bike lanes making this one of the most scenic ways to see Atlanta. | more...

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The city has an ambitious vision for Bellwood Quarry. The 350-acre former mining site is now the Westside Reservoir Park. It is the city’s largest greenspace at almost double the size of Piedmont Park. In addition to a 45-acre reservoir, the park, is adjacent to the Beltline and Proctor Creek. Futur... | more...

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Nestled amongst the modern office towers and historic buildings of the Fairlie-Poplar district, Woodruff Park is a 6-acre park in the geographic center of Atlanta. Its location at the crossroads of commerce, government, and education makes it a natural gathering space for a diverse cross-section of ... | more...
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