Atlanta State Parks
Georgia is full of state parks that provide activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding trails, ATV trails, camping and the like. The Atlanta area is home to several state parks including Sweetwater Creek State Park, Panola Mountain State Park, and Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Panola Mountain State Park
Just south of Atlanta is Panola Mountain State Park. This state park offers birding, boat rentals, archery, playground areas, hiking, running, and fishing. In addition, the park has a paved trail especially for biking, jogging, and pet walking. Rangers lead hikes through Panola Mountain State Park to teach about the rare plants and animals found there.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta is Sweetwater Creek State Park. Hiking trails bring you past the ruins of a textile mill destroyed during the Civil War. The trail is host to many travelers each year. In fact, rangers provide a tour through the park on selected dates and times. Sweetwater Creek State Park features history exhibits, wildlife displays, trail maps, and a gift shop. In addition it contains the George Sparks Reservoir which is popular with the locals for fishing, picnics, and feeding the ducks.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Located in Newman, Georgia Chattahoochee Bend State Park has fifty one campsites, one Adirondack camping area, and two picnic shelters. This state park is popular with campers and anglers with a boat ramp that provides quick access to the water. Wooded trails are also open for hiking.