Top 6 Outdoor Activities in Atlanta
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The Great Outdoors in the Heart of Georgia

Atlanta is a great city for outdoor activities! Whether you're looking to hike in the park, explore some new areas, or take in the fresh air, Atlanta has something for everyone. 

In this blog post, we've highlighted some of Red Roof's favorite outdoor activities and provided information on where you can go to enjoy them. So, pack your sunscreen and get ready to have some fun!

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One of our favorite outdoor activities in Atlanta is hiking. With over 50 miles of trails, there are plenty of hiking options of all levels near the city. Here are some of the best hiking spots in the city.

If you're looking for breathtaking nature views just outside of Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River Trails are perfect for you. The trails here are well marked and there's a detailed map at each marker. The East Palisades Trail is 3.3 miles long and offers gorgeous views of the river. There's even a small bamboo forest. Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill takes you by a historic paper mill and spillway waterfall. This trail is about 3.4 miles long. The best part about the trails here is they're all pet-friendly. So, don't forget to bring your furry friend along for the adventure.

Whether you're looking for a short hike or a longer trek, there's a trail at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park that's perfect for you. The main visitor center is located at the bottom of the mountain, and the trails start from there. There are several different trails to choose from, so make sure you pick the right one for you. If you're looking for a long hike, we recommend the Cheatham Hill Trail. This trail is just 5.8 miles long, and it's a great option if you're short on time. The summit of Cheatham Hill offers beautiful views of the battlefield below. We recommend the 4 Gun Trail if you're looking for a shorter hike. This trail is 3.5 miles long, and it's one of the most popular trails in the park.

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Exploring Places/Attraction Sites

If you're planning a trip to Atlanta and want to explore some of the area's top outdoor attraction sites, you're in luck. This guide will provide you with all the information you need before embarking on your journey.

Let's start with the Atlanta Zoo. This zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals worldwide, making it an excellent place for animal lovers. The zoo's most popular exhibits include the Giraffe Encounter, the World of Reptiles, and the Painted Dog Bush Camp.

If you're looking for an adventurous park, we recommend Stone Mountain Park. This park is home to the largest exposed granite dome in North America. It has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy, including hiking, zip-lining, and even a laser show!

Another great outdoor attraction site is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This 30-acre garden features over a hundred different plants and flowers, a Children's Garden, seasonal exhibits and more.

Be sure to add these attraction sites to your itinerary, and have a great time exploring this fantastic city!

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Here's all you need to know about biking in Atlanta, from the best biking trails to the best times of year to ride. 

The Beltline Eastside Trail is an excellent option if you're looking for a challenge. This 3-mile trail takes you through some of Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods, including Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. If you're looking for a more leisurely ride, the Freedom Park Pathway is a great option. This 8-mile trail takes you through Atlanta's beautiful Freedom Park.

When it comes to the best time of year to bike in Atlanta, spring and fall are generally the best months. However, if you're looking for a challenge, biking in the summer can be a great option.

Playing Tennis or Golf

If you're looking for a great place to play tennis or golf in Atlanta, look no further! This guide will give you all the information you need to know about the best places to play in and around the city.

For tennis lovers, Atlanta has a lot of great options. One of the most popular spots is Piedmont Park, which offers a dozen tennis courts open to the public from 7 am to 11 pm. There's also a pro shop on-site where you can buy all the gear you need. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, head to the Atlanta Athletic Club, which has tennis courts, a golf course, and a pool. Or, if you're looking for a challenge, check out the Bobby Jones Golf Course.

For golf lovers, Atlanta has plenty to offer as well. One of the most popular spots is Stone Mountain Golf Club, which has two 18-hole courses and breathtaking views of Stone Mountain. There's also a pro shop on-site, as well as a restaurant and bar. If you're looking for something a little closer to downtown, try the Cherokee Town and Country Club, which has an 18-hole course and a 9-hole executive course. Or, for a true challenge, try the East Lake Golf Club, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Atlanta. No matter your skill level, there's a place for you to play tennis or golf in Atlanta.

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Atlanta is home to many great swimming and kayaking spots - from lakes and rivers to pools and water parks. Here are some of the best places to go swimming and kayaking in Atlanta.

Lake Lanier: This large lake northeast of Atlanta is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and other water activities. There are several beaches and marinas where you can launch your kayak, and the lake is also great for fishing and camping.

Chattahoochee River: The Chattahoochee River runs through Atlanta and is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and tubing. There are several public access points along the river, and it's also great for fishing.

Pools and Water Parks: If you're looking for a more traditional swimming experience, Atlanta has several public pools that are perfect for a cooling dip. Atlanta is home to two large water parks - Six Flags White Water and Hurricane Harbor. Both parks feature thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and other attractions for the whole family.

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Here is a list of some of the top running or walking sites in Atlanta, along with some tips on making the most of your experience.

Piedmont Park is one of Atlanta's most popular running or walking spots. The park has over 190 acres of space to explore, including a lake, meadows, and wooded areas. If you're looking for a more challenging run or walk, head over to the Atlanta Beltline. This 22-mile trail offers excellent views of the city and plenty of hills to keep you challenged.

For a more urban experience, try running or walking through Centennial Olympic Park. This park is located in downtown Atlanta and is home to several major tourist attractions. There are also plenty of paved paths to choose from, making it an excellent option for those who don't want to deal with Atlanta's notorious traffic. No matter your fitness level, there's a running or walking route in Atlanta that's perfect for you.

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