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Old Today, 09:40 AM
 
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I've been to Atlanta a few times. Thinking of making another short trip (~ 4 days?) this spring.

I know it's a BIG city, but I'd like to experience some of the best nature/hiking opportunities in or near the Atlanta metro.

Per research on Yelp, these places look promising. Interested to get Atlantans perspective on which you all like best -- or whether I've missed any of your favorites.

Places to Take a Hike:

o Big Creek Greenway

o Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

o Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

o McDaniel Farm Park

o Old Mill Park

o Silver Comet Trail

o Suwanee Creek Park

o Vines Gardens


Thanks for any advice / suggestions!
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Old Today, 09:50 AM
 
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Are you open to a short drive to the mountains? If so, it opens up a ton of hiking options. If you're just set on in-town, or local hikes, the Paper Mill ruins are one of my favorites:

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking...me-sope-creek/


If you're willing to drive about 25 minutes north of the city, Sawnee Mtn. has some of the best views anywhere:
https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking...-near-atlanta/
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Old Today, 09:53 AM
 
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Herbet Greene Park
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
Lionel Hampton-Beecher Hills Park
Constitution Lakes
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Old Today, 10:00 AM
 
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Chattahoochee River Trails are great because you are right along the river - Palisades East is an interesting trail right in the city limits and ends in a cool bamboo forest. The Vickery Creek paths (also part of the Chattahoochee River Trail network) are easy and pretty and give you an excuse to visit historic Roswell with good restaurants/bars/shops... if that is your sort of thing.

The Big Creek Greenway and Silver Comet are both paved trails which for make great biking, but aren't my favorites for walking/hiking.

Kennesaw Mountain is another place to add to your list.
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Old Today, 10:13 AM
 
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Some of my favorites that haven't been mentioned:

Arabia Mountain, in Lithonia



Sweetwater Creek, in Lithia Springs



Pine Mountain, in Cartersville

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Old Today, 10:16 AM
 
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Chattahoochee National Recreation Area - Palisades East, as others have mentioned - and Kennesaw Mountain.
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Chattahoochee River Trails are great because you are right along the river - Palisades East is an interesting trail right in the city limits and ends in a cool bamboo forest. The Vickery Creek paths (also part of the Chattahoochee River Trail network) are easy and pretty and give you an excuse to visit historic Roswell with good restaurants/bars/shops... if that is your sort of thing.

The Big Creek Greenway and Silver Comet are both paved trails which for make great biking, but aren't my favorites for walking/hiking.

Kennesaw Mountain is another place to add to your list.
With Chattahoochee, I commonly see deer at the Island Ford unit.
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Old Today, 10:32 AM
 
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Kennesaw Mountain was nice. I went there once. There was another place...not sure if it was in Atlanta or in Roswell but the entrance (at least the one I know about) was almost hidden. It was on a very tiny road where basically only one car could fit. You'd park and the "mountain (not sure if it's considered a mountain but to me it was)" is right there. There is also a park nearby.
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Old Today, 10:48 AM
 
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Vickery Creek
Roswell Riverwalk
Kennesaw Mountain
Soap Creek
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Old Today, 11:08 AM
 
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Thank you for all these great suggestions!!
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