Athens has lots of public parks, several of which are connected by the North Oconee River Greenway, which features several scenic miles of walking and biking paths. All are suitable for kids and families, and many feature athletic facilities or public pools. Amenities vary by park, and are indicated by symbols in the print Guide. Picnic shelters must be rented ahead of time at most parks.

Athens’ only public golf course is the UGA Golf Course, at 2600 Riverbend Road; Lane Creek Golf Club is in nearby Bishop.

Athens-Clarke County

Ben Burton Park
616 Mitchell Bridge Road • 706-613-3801
Hours: sunrise–sunset
The 32-acre intown wildlife preserve features a hardwood forest, trails and plenty of picnic spots. A boat launch provides easy access to the Middle Oconee River.

Bishop Park
705 Sunset Dr. • 706-613-3589
Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset
Normaltown-adjacent park equipped with fields and courts for a variety of sports. Programs include tennis, gymnastics, swimming and more. The Athens Farmers Market runs Saturdays, April to December.

Boulevard Woods
298 Barber St. • 706-613-3801
Hours: sunrise–sunset
A small paved loop with a bench looks out to the wooded back portion of this pocket park.

Dudley Park
100 Dudley Park Dr. • 706-613-3801
Hours: sunrise–sunset
A short walk east of downtown, with open fields and connections to multiple trails, including the North Oconee River Greenway. 

East Athens Community Center
400 McKinley Dr. • 706-613-3593
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun, 2–6 p.m.
The center features indoor and outdoor activities for everyone from kids to seniors, as well as a branch of the public library.

Firefly Trail
Multiple entrances: East Broad Street, Dudley Park, Poplar Street, Inglewood Avenue, Old Winterville
Road • 706-613-3801
The first mile of this ambitiously designed walking and biking trail is now open along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor. 

Greenway and Riverside Parks
Hours: sunrise–sunset
Enjoy over seven miles of concrete for non-motorized use. Connections include Dudley Park, Firefly Trail, Sandy Creek Nature Center and Sandy Creek Park.

Holland Youth Sports Complex
250 Vincent Dr. • 706-613-3991
Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset
A 62-acre complex with baseball and softball games, soccer tournaments and more.

Memorial Park
293 Gran Ellen Dr. • 706-613-3580
Hours: sunrise–sunset
A popular park nestled in the heart of Five Points that’s home to Bear Hollow Zoo (open 9 a.m.–5 p.m.), a dog park, duck-filled pond and public pool, as well as Athens Creative Theater.

North Oconee River Park
300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. • 706-613-3615
Hours: sunrise–sunset
This section of the Greenway stretches out along the North Oconee River, with several overlooks connected to a narrow strip of green.

Reese & Pope Park
375 Reese St. • 706-613-3801
Hours: sunrise–sunset
This neighborhood park is an ideal spot for a game of basketball or a picnic. 

Rocksprings Community Center & Park
291 Henderson Ext. • 706-613-3603
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
The multipurpose park offers something for everybody with a pirate-ship playground, pool and splash pad.

Sandy Creek Nature Center
205 Old Commerce Road • 706-613-3615
Hours: Tue–Sat, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
See snakes and other live critters up close. Hike over four miles of trails through woodlands and wetlands. Discover a 19th Century log house and the ruins of a century-old brick factory.

Sandy Creek Park
400 Bob Holman Road • 706-613-3631
Hours: Tue–Sun., 7 a.m.–sunset
The county’s largest park surrounds lovely Lake Chapman with a beach, dog park and trails. There’s plenty to do, including disc golf, picnicking, boating and fishing. Expect to pay a small entrance fee.

Satterfield Park
3028 Cherokee Road • 706-613-3871
Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset
A community park with athletic fields and courts where little baseball players can dream big.

Southeast Clarke Park
4440 Lexington Road • 706-613-3871
Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset
It’s home to World of Wonder, the largest play area in the park system, with a three-story slide and rock wall and passive play area, plus the Skate Park of Athens, with a series of concrete ramps, bowls and rails. There’s also a dog park, tennis courts, soccer and softball fields, and trails.

Lay Park
297 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3596
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun, 2–6 p.m.
Athens’ only downtown park is accessible to everybody looking to get active, both indoors and out.

Trail Creek Park
200 Trail Creek St. • 706-613-3991
Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset
A sprawling park just minutes from downtown with a fitness zone, a popular splash pad for kids and mountain bike trails.

UGA Parks

Legion Pool
830 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-542-8235 •
Hours: late May through July, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.; first week in August, 3–7 p.m.
A historic pool with lap lanes and a bath house, Legion is enjoyed each summer by the university community and by those who join the Friends of Campus Life. 

Oconee Forest Park
College Station Road at Alumni Drive • 706-542-4287 •
Hours: dawn–dusk
The 60-acre park sits behind the UGA intramural fields, preserving a 100-year-old forest and its wildlife around Lake Herrick.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-542-1244 •
Hours: 8 a.m–8 p.m.
Admire beautiful and diverse themed gardens, or explore the nature trails. The grounds include a visitors center with a conservatory and café and frequently serve as a concert or wedding venue. The Day Chapel in the woods is available for rental. No dogs.

Oconee County

Bogart Sports Complex
S. Burson Ave., Bogart • 706-769-3965
Hours: dawn–11 p.m.
Lighted ballfields and multipurpose fields, as well as a small walking trail.

Heritage Park
2543 Macon Hwy., Watkinsville • 706-769-3965
Hours: sunrise–sunset
This 364-acre park bordering the Apalachee River has miles of hiking, biking and horse-riding trails, as well as an open-air arena for special events.

Herman C. Michael Park
1051 Elder Road, Bishop • 706-769-3966
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
A large nearby park with lighted fields and a free disc golf course.

Oconee Veterans Park
3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville • 706-769-3965
Hours: Mon–Fri, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun, 1–9 p.m.
The community center features walking trails, tennis courts and multipurpose fields outside and a gym and track inside.

City of Winterville

Pittard Park and Pavilion
Parkview and Church streets • 706-742-8600 •
Hours: 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
In the heart of Winterville, this park features a pavilion, playgrounds and metal art by Beverly Babb. The park hosts the Marigold Festival every spring.

State of Georgia

Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad St., Winder • 770-867-3489 •
Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
The park surrounds a lake for swimming, fishing and boating. It features a 1792 log fort and campsites, including yurts and cabins.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park
650 Watson Mill Road, Comer • 706-783-5349 •
Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
This picturesque park a short drive from Athens contains the longest covered bridge in the state, as well as log cabins and campsites, horse-riding trails and a river perfect for wading.