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Best park

The gazebo and bridge at Lake Clara Meer in Piedmont Park, your pick for best park in and around Atlanta. Photo: Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

The gazebo and bridge at Lake Clara Meer in Piedmont Park, your pick for best park in and around Atlanta. Photo: Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Piedmont Park
You say, “Piedmont Park, not even close. Great dog parks, nice lake, and great open space for activities. Will be even better when The Beltline opens” and “Thousands can walk to it from their homes, thousands more can reach it by public transportation. And there is a wealth of complementary attractions nearby–botanical garden, restaurants, pubs, the High. It is unsurpassed in Atlanta.”

2. Stone Mountain Park
3. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
4. Grant Park
5. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
6. Candler Park

A view of the east side of Bradley Peak on Arabia Mountain. The area around the mountain, designated a National Heritage Area in 2006, is our pick for best park in and around Atlanta. Staff photo.

A view of the east side of Bradley Peak on Arabia Mountain. The area around the mountain, designated a National Heritage Area in 2006, is our pick for best park in and around Atlanta. Staff photo.

OUR PICKS
1. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
We say, “A serene and unusual oasis of natural beauty in DeKalb County, highlighted by the metamorphic rock mountain (or monadnock) that gives the place its name, a tranquil lake, streams and scenic hiking and biking trails. It’s the perfect getaway that isn’t far away at all. The mountain and its surroundings were designated a National Heritage Area in 2006.”

2. Piedmont Park
3. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
4. Henderson Park in Tucker
5. Leita Thompson Memorial Park

100 comments Add your comment

Em

May 9th, 2011
8:55 pm

Piedmont, hands down. It’s Atlanta’s equivalent to Central Park.

Mary B

May 9th, 2011
10:21 pm

This is hard! Piedmont is awesome, Henderson has great trails and a nice lake and although it isn’t on the list the park at Emory Univ. with the dean’s house is wonderful, private fields, lake, ducks, trails

Edward

May 10th, 2011
12:59 am

Piedmont Park, of course.

Suwanee

May 10th, 2011
7:34 am

I vote Town Center Park in Suwanee! Great place for families to hangout.

Danno

May 10th, 2011
7:35 am

I vote for any park that I never go to.

Bill

May 10th, 2011
7:39 am

Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails.

diamond-e

May 10th, 2011
7:47 am

Chris

May 10th, 2011
7:50 am

Heard the National Recreation and Park Association is revitalizing Selena S. Butler Park in Midtown. Lots of history in that area, and it should be a great place to take the family come November. But for now…either Piedmont or Candler.

Grady baby

May 10th, 2011
7:51 am

Stone Mountain Park hands down, thirty(30) years ago Piedmont Park would have been a close second.

Mike

May 10th, 2011
7:58 am

Piedmont Park

joshdylan

May 10th, 2011
8:35 am

Mason Mill Park will be one ot the best when the redevelopment is completed. The best thing about living in the Toco Hill area. Pinkneyville Recreation Center in Gwinnett is really the ‘Best’, jmo.

We need green space, that much I know.

joshdylan

May 10th, 2011
8:36 am

The park on the Emory Campus is called Lullwater, IIRC.

Raul

May 10th, 2011
8:56 am

PIEDMONT PARK OF COURSE!!!!!STN MOUNTAIN NUMERO DOS!!!

ugh

May 10th, 2011
9:08 am

chattahoochee national rec area…..nothing better than dropping in your canoe and getting away from people.

lr

May 10th, 2011
9:11 am

All the Chattahoochee River Parks are great!

WTF?

May 10th, 2011
9:14 am

Kennesaw Mountain

MatthewG

May 10th, 2011
9:17 am

For a true nature experience it has to be Kennesaw Mountain

DL

May 10th, 2011
9:24 am

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County). Great hiking trails, multiple parking areas two smaller sister mountains, plus heavy treed areas to making walking/hiking in the summer very pleasant. Best part is that it’s located in the city limits of Marietta with all the fine restaurants nearby and shops nearby.

kevin

May 10th, 2011
9:24 am

Piedmont Park is great. Grant Park is also very nice. However, one park that often gets overlooked is Capitol View’s Perkerson Park. Rolling hills, gorgeous oak trees, families grilling out, baseball fields, tennis courts, frisbee golf.

Kennesaw is not in Atlanta.

Pablo Juan

May 10th, 2011
9:25 am

Obviously Piedmont Park. It’s place is cemented even further by the recent expansion and addition of play fountains and bocce ball courts.

intown

May 10th, 2011
9:29 am

Piedmont Park, not even close. Great dog parks, nice lake, and great open space for activities. Will be even better when The Beltline opens.

JoeV

May 10th, 2011
12:15 pm

Piedmont, of course. But a close second is Suwanee Town Center Park.

Goonie

May 10th, 2011
12:25 pm

BCPowder

May 10th, 2011
12:28 pm

Kennesaw Mtn….

Stone Mountain isn’t IN Atlanta either…

Kurt

May 10th, 2011
12:35 pm

Piedmont. Thousands can walk to it from their homes, thousands more can reach it by public transportation. And there is a wealth of complementary attractions nearby–botanical garden, restaurants, pubs, the High. It is unsurpassed in Atlanta.

Thoreau

May 10th, 2011
12:35 pm

Brownwood Park: the hidden gem of southeast Atlanta

Ain't That the Truth, Ruth

May 10th, 2011
12:41 pm

Collier Park. Great place for high school kids to sneak a beer and make some good memories.

JJJ

May 10th, 2011
12:43 pm

Grant Park. You really have to spend some time there to appreciate it.

Sleeping With The Enemas

May 10th, 2011
12:44 pm

Arabia Mountain.The place is huge, quiet and pristine.

Steve

May 10th, 2011
12:54 pm

Sleeping: Shhhhhhhhh! We’re not supposed to tell people about Arabia! It’s a best-kept secret. ;)

That aside, Chattahoochee Nat’l Rec Area – East Palisades is my favorite, followed by the Island Ford section in Dunwoody.

Julie

May 10th, 2011
12:57 pm

Murphy Candler Park. Great lake, wooded hiking trail, playground, picnic areas, pool, softball and soccer fields, and football stadium with concession stand. It’s the perfect park!

Elliot Garcia

May 10th, 2011
12:58 pm

Fowler Park in Forsyth County….plenty of green space….picnic pavilions….first public skatepark in Georgia….

Jaul

May 10th, 2011
12:59 pm

Metro Atlanta? No question about it…Piedmont Park.

john

May 10th, 2011
1:01 pm

The Car Park at the Varsity!!

kt

May 10th, 2011
1:07 pm

I like Inman park.

Mitchell

May 10th, 2011
1:13 pm

Goonie

May 10th, 2011
12:25 pm

Ballpark

Ha, yeah. Turner Field.

Except in October. It’s not for the faint of heart once October comes.

Dynomite

May 10th, 2011
1:17 pm

Chatoochee River Parks- It’s very relaxing and there great to hit up during your lunch hour. live in douglasville now-Hunter Park was great until they emptied the pond and made baseball fields!! I like Deer Lick Park as well in Douglasville.

J-J

May 10th, 2011
1:24 pm

piedmont park for sure, do not like stone mountain too much went down in stone moutain in the past years. will never take my grandchildren and did not take my children

Cubby

May 10th, 2011
1:31 pm

Some where with no strollers.

szq

May 10th, 2011
1:34 pm

Piedmont hands down. Freedom Park for the trails and view of the city. COP as the hub to many events

IT'S "METRO" ATLANTA

May 10th, 2011
1:42 pm

@BCPOWDER, IT’S CALLED “METRO” ATLANTA FOR A REASON, SO KENNESAW IS IN ATLANTA, BUT STONE MOUNTAIN ISN’T? WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS GENIUS IDEA? THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA WHICH CONSIST OF AT LEAST 10 SURROUNDING COUNTIES. CHECK YOUR MAP! SMH!!

Southern Gal

May 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

Big Creek Greenway – starts in Roswell (home to an awesome number of parks and miles of walking trails) and goes through Alpharetta and Forsyth County. For that matter, Roswell has a skate park and a disc golf course, too. Add to that the trails along the Chattahoochee and it’s hard to pick just one.

A.D.

May 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

Cauble Park in Acworth

diamond-e

May 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

wonder why they call it in-man park

Chris

May 10th, 2011
2:30 pm

Piedmont Park. duh

Chris

May 10th, 2011
2:34 pm

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is my favorite

th

May 10th, 2011
2:46 pm

Henderson Park in Tucker has great walking trails around a small lake. My dogs love to walk there. Make sure you wear good shoes because the terrain can be rough going up/down the hills, especially after it rains. There is a nice spring waterfall on the trail as well. Very pretty!!

Green

May 10th, 2011
2:54 pm

Piedmont– especially with the recent expansion. But the Old Fourth Ward park is in the mix too. It’s new but check it out!

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the gooch

May 10th, 2011
3:14 pm

Its called Inman Park because they can’t call it Inmate Park. Which would be a good way to warn people.