2489 George Busbee Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: (770) 499-9200
Fax: (770) 499-7173
This national park is located on the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the last significant victory for the South during their defense of Atlanta in 1864. Centered around the namesake mountain, which rises to 1808 feet (551 meters), the park features over 16 miles (26 kilometers) of mapped trails as well as a museum commemorating the historic battle. Picnic sites, battlefield markers and monuments are peppered throughout the forested mountainside, which features great views of Atlanta in clear weather. Maps detailing the trails and battle history are available from the visitors center.
This active sailing club welcomes advanced sailors and novices alike to the beautiful shores of Lake Allatoona just northwest of Atlanta, GA. SWSC offers sailing excursions, club sponsored races, rafting dinners, parties, cookouts, and many other social events. The club is based at Allatoona's Habor Town Marina, which features docks, a boat ramp, and the full complement of marine services. Dinner meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.
Located in the heart of the city, this beautifully landscaped expanse is one of the city's favorite recreational spots. Spanning 25 acres (10.11 hectares), Laurel Park offers something for everyone. Kids will love their own little play area replete with a duck pond. For those into sports, the park offers 13 well-maintained tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court as well as shuffleboard facilities. If you simply wish to relax and take in the outdoors, there's a picnic area as well. Check website for more.
The South's largest water park is located about 20 minutes from downtown in suburban Cobb County, and is open weekends during May, then daily from June through August. In addition to water slides, wading pools, and all types of aquatic rides, the park offers Friday night "Dive-In Movies," where guests watch first-run movies from inner tubes in the wave pool. Admission is calculated by height. This charge includes free admission to Six Flags' American Adventures park next door.
Georgians know how to golf, and this is where many of them learn to perfect the art. Located just north of the city in ritzy Marietta, this facility offers lessons for everyone from the devotee to the true greenhorn. A driving range featuring 50 grass and 20 covered tees, all of which are lighted to provide golf well into the night. Two chipping greens, two putting greens, and two sand bunkers are also available. Whether you're looking to improve your all-around skills or perfect that one aspect that's holding you back, the Marietta Golf Center has the cure you seek.
Located inside the JJ Biello Park, the Cherokee Tennis Center features ten state-of-the art tennis courts. It also offers coaching classes for children and seniors. Enroll for the private classes and learn the strenuous sport from professionals. It also teaches racquet stringing.
Located north of the city center, Olde Rope Mill Park is a picturesque recreational park by the river. The lush park offers numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts from mountain biking to fishing and canoeing. The Taylor Randahl Mountain Bike Trail within the park, is extremely popular, and attracts amateur as well as professional bikers from all over the region. Besides, this the park has beautiful waterside picnic pavilions as well as decks to spend a carefree day outdoors. Check website for more.
This scenic trail provides Atlanta bikers with a great challenge. Over 15 miles (25 kilometers) of single-track trails run along river banks, railroad tracks, and scenic overlooks. Over 200 miles (322 kilometers) of shoreline were created when Georgia Power dammed Allatoona Lake in 1950, and the densely-forested area supports a wide range of wildlife, often visible from the trails. A wide range of topography is offered for advanced riders, including a trek that skirts a 30-foot (nine-meter) wide waterfall where Blankets Creek empties into the lake.
Sports Illustrated named Fox Creek the #1 practice facility in the Southeast. Just a short drive (with a car, not a club) up Interstate 75 from the city, Fox Creek also boasts an executive golf course. Mostly par-3s with a few par-4s, this course is a great place to play if time is a factor or you're a beginner. The practice area offers a large driving range, as well as an immaculately maintained putting green. Fox Creek is the perfect place to hone one's golf skills.
An Arnold Palmer designed course built in 1989, Eagle Creek is a tough, long course that is pleasing to the eye. The par-4 14th is a tough but rewarding scenic hole, followed by the elevated tees and views of the 15th. Eagle Creek also provides a driving range and practice green, along with a full pro-shop and restaurant.
Located just north of Atlanta, this unique park is about as frequented as its clever name implies. The name, Lost Mountain Park, itself is derived from the peculiar way the mountain seems to disappear as visitors approach on foot. Utilized mostly by local fisherman, the park is thickly forested and features two serene lakes. Picnic facilities and hiking trails are provided. Maps are available at the visitors center, where rangers are always willing to point out the best fishing spots.
For a test of your skills without a strain on your wallet, try the executive course at Legacy. The course features nicely varying topography, from numerous sloping doglegs to rolling fairways that hide surprising bunkers and traps. A driving range, putting course, clubhouse and pro shop are also located on site. Reserved tee times are strongly encouraged. Check website for updated information and seasonal timings.