If you’re spending some time in Alpharetta, Georgia, you should spend some time in the great outdoors getting some fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. Whether you’re a jogger, hiker, or just enjoy strolling among the trees and listening to the birds, there are some lovely places to choose from.
Big Creek Greenway
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Why stay indoors and exercise on a treadmill when you could visit the Big Creek Greenway? This is a linear park with 8 miles of wide, level concrete pathway that is perfect for hiking, jogging, in-line skating, and bicycling. A Zagster bike-share station is available if you didn’t bring your own wheels. There’s also a bike-repair station and a picnic table for refueling. You can also take a more leisurely walk on the unsaved pedestrian trails that wind through the woods, or ride on a mountain bike trail. The greenway has several access points, including the Alpharetta YMCA, North Point Mall, and Marconi Drive.
Rock Mill Park
Rock Mill Park, at 3100 Kimball Bridge Road, has an access point to the Big Creek Greenway. It’s a small city park with picnic pavilions, restrooms, and a small amphitheater. It also has a bike repair station. Aside from a few small walking paths and open spaces, the park’s best feature is the large parking lot and proximity to the greenway, so it’s quite popular for that purpose.
Since Alpharetta offers so many great parks and public facilities, travelers who book a hotel room nearby will have plenty of places to relax and unwind, have a morning jog, or enjoy a picnic.
Wills Park Recreation Center
Wills Park has just completed renovating its new aquatic center (as of Spring 2018) and it looks amazing, with a lap pool, family pool, and shallow splash pool for young children. You’ll also find tennis courts, a disc golf course, and baseball fields. Three playground areas keep the young ones happy while they climb, slide, and swing. You can also bring your four-legged friends to the Waggy World Dog Park where they can run and play off-leash. Wills Park is located at 11925 Wills Road.
Webb Bridge Park
Webb Bridge Park is best known for its huge playground, but it has more to offer. It has tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and woodsy, well-maintained walking trails. Restrooms and picnic areas are available as well. Leashed dogs are welcome, and it offers plenty of shade so it’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two. The park address is 4780 Webb Bridge Road.
Cogburn Road Park
Located at 12825 Cogburn Road, this is a great example of an old-fashioned community park. It features playgrounds for both smaller kids and older ones, and wide open spaces where you can throw a Frisbee, practice kicking a soccer ball around, or fly a kite. It’s clean and nicely landscaped. Leashed dogs are welcome, and there’s even a doggie drinking fountain to keep your pup hydrated on hot summer days.
Nobody travels to a town just to see the community parks, but they’re great to find while you’re there. Start your day with a walk or jog, enjoy a meal al fresco at a picnic table, throw some Frisbee with a friend, or just sit, relax, and people-watch.