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Old 06-16-2010, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Anyone know a trail where someone can go biking casually?
Like the Silver Comet Trail?
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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Anyone know a trail where someone can go biking casually?
Check out the Athens Greenway for biking trails. I know there are some there, but please check with some one you know about safety in that area.

Also, on eastside Athens: Not sure if biking is legal on sidewalks, but there are sidewalks all the way on Cedar Shoals towards Whit Davis, and on Whit Davis towards the parks @ Lexington. Also, there might be biking lanes on these roads.

FYI - ACC Skate Park at SE Clarke Park The SPLOST 2000 funded skate park is designed to accommodate both skate boards and BMX bikes. The Skate Park is 14,000 square feet in size.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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Like the Silver Comet Trail?
I believe papilgee4evaeva already lives in the Athens area.

In north metro Atlanta, there are greenway trails in:
Suwanee (Gwinnett county), Alpharetta (Big Creek?), Silver Comet (Cobb)
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle, NC
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I believe papilgee4evaeva already lives in the Athens area.
Thirteen days or so, and you'll be correct.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I believe papilgee4evaeva already lives in the Athens area.

In north metro Atlanta, there are greenway trails in:
Suwanee (Gwinnett county), Alpharetta (Big Creek?), Silver Comet (Cobb)
Sorry, I should have said "Looking for something like the Silver Comet Trail?"

I realize Athens isn't in Cobb, but I was unclear (in a hurry,actually).
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:12 PM
 
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***Athens shopping information***

[A] Georgia Square Mall: Anchored by Macys, Belk, JC Penney, and Sears. Best Buy, Toys R Us, Starbucks, etc in vicinity. Also has a dollar (or a few dollars) movie theater.

[b] Colonial Beechwood Promenade (Beechwood): Several retail stores (eg. Talbots, Radioshack). Movie theater. Restaurants in the shopping complex, across, and close by.

[C] Following three locations for specialty shops, art, fashion, gifts, antiques, jewelry, and eclectic independent shops:
Downtown Athens
Five Points
Prince Avenue / Normaltown

[D] There is a collection of stores (Walmart, Kohls, Ashley Furniture, Lowes, Home Depot, ...) on 316 at the Clarke/Oconee boundary (Epps Bridge area)

[E] Eastside Athens has: Lowes, Walmart, Carmike Cinemas
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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Athens is a neat town. I am from Illinois, but was in Athens this past weekend to attend a friend's wedding, who moved to Georgia about ten years ago. I don't travel much, but it was cool to spend a few days in a neat little town such as Athens. The wedding was at the State Botanical Garden's day chapel (very nice place by the way).

I would love to someday be in town for a UGA football game, though I was told that the town absolutely shutsdown, and that highway 316 is a complete parking lot on the days leading up to it.

My fiance absolutely loved Waffle House. It's a shame we don't have one anywhere close to us in Illinois. They are all over the Athens/Atlanta area.

What I especially notice each time I do visit the south (I've been to Georgia two other times, as well as the Smoky Mountains) is how much more friendly the people are. I noticed the same while in Athens. It is refreshing.

The overall scenery in Georgia is very pretty. It's nice driving down a highway like 316, or through a town like Athens and seeing nothing but trees. The flat cornfields in Illinois get old and depressing.

Athens is a neat town worth checking out - I don't know if I'll ever have the chance to go back there, but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it if I ever do.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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Athens' newest hotel is a surprising addition (a boutique hotel in Athens!):
Hotel Indigo in Downtown Athens (http://www.athensdowntownhotel.com/home.html - broken link)

I have heard only good things said about this place.

Athens downtown also has a Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and a Holiday Inn Express.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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Athens is a great place to retire. For metro-Atlantans, and anyone wanting to have a slower pace.

At a housing cost of 150K or less, one can find good quality single family houses (eg. several subdivisions in eastside Athens - Whit Davis rd; Winterville; ...). Taxes are low (at least compared to metro Atlanta) -- a 150K house will probably be 1.7K in annual property tax in Clarke county.

With two top notch hospitals (Athens Regional, and St Marys), and doctors offices on Prince Ave and Baxter street areas -- healthcare can be easily handled. Also, here is a link to Athens' VA outpatient facility: Athens VA outpatient facility

Athens, GA has shown up on lists of Best Places to Retire. Other than what Athens itself has to offer, Atlanta of course is only 50-70 miles away.

*** Although I can see the attractiveness of Athens to retirees, I am no expert on the topic. If anyone is knowledgeable about this, please follow up. ***
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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Athens is getting its Trader Joes! Seems to be in the area between Clarke and Oconee counites, close to GA 316.

Trader Joe's enters Athens market - Atlanta Business Chronicle
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