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Athens has lots of public parks, a few of which are connected by the North Oconee River Greenway, which features several scenic miles of walking and biking paths. Amenities vary, and are indicated by symbols on this page. 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. Due to COVID-19, park hours, services and guidelines may have changed. Please call ahead for more details before your visit.

Athens-Clarke County

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Ben Burton Park

615 Mitchell Bridge Road • 706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

The 32-acre wildlife preserve features a hardwood forest, trails and picnic spots. A boat launch and shoals provide access to the Middle Oconee River.

Bishop Park

705 Sunset Dr. • 706-613-3589

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

Large Normaltown park equipped with fields and courts for a variety of sports. Programs include tennis, gymnastics, swimming and more. Home to the Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays from April to December.

Boulevard Woods

298 Barber St. • 706-613-3801

Hours: sunrise–sunset

Cute pocket park in the Boulevard neighborhood with a paved walking loop and a small playground.

Dudley Park

100 Dudley Park Road • 706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

32-acre park near downtown, by the river, with open fields and connections to the Firefly Trail and North Oconee River Greenway. Improvements are also underway and the public is invited to stay in touch with Leisure Services about updates.

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.

Indoor and outdoor activities for everyone from kids to seniors, plus a branch of the public library and multipurpose rooms.

Firefly Trail

Multiple entrances: East Broad Street, Dudley Park, Poplar Street, Inglewood Avenue, Old Winterville Road • 706-613-3801 • fireflytrail.com

Hours: sunrise–sunset

The first mile of this painstakingly designed walking and biking trail is open along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor. Future construction plans include the Firefly Bridge Over Walker Park that will incorporate the historic “Murmur Trestle.” Construction is also taking place in Winterville and has been installed on the Maxeys Model Mile.

Greenway and Riverside Parks

706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

Over seven miles of concrete for non-motorized use. Improvements are also underway and the public is invited to stay in touch with Leisure Services about updates. Connections include Dudley Park, Firefly Trail, Sandy Creek Nature Center and Sandy Creek Park. For a list of riverside parks, see accgov.com/6919/Riverside-Parks.

Holland Youth Sports Complex

250 Vincent Dr. • 706-613-3991 (before 4 p.m.); 706-613-3604 (after 4 p.m.)

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

62-acre sports complex. Home to Athens United soccer, Downtown Falcons football and Athens Little League baseball and softball action.

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.

Memorial Park

293 Gran Ellen Dr. • 706-613-3580

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

Popular park 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.

Reese & Pope Park

375 Reese St. • 706-613-3801

Hours: sunrise–sunset

Neighborhood park with basketball courts and a playground.

Rocksprings Community Center & Park

291 Henderson Ext. • 706-613-3603

Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Multipurpose park with something for everyone, including 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. Construction on the Nature Playscape construction is underway, thus the area behind the Education and Visitor Center will be closed for approximately 120 days as construction continues. Short-term closures of the Greenway adjoining the construction zone may also take place, so be aware of warning signs or barricades.

Sandy Creek Park

400 Bob Holman Road • 706-613-3631

Hours: Tue–Sun., 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

The county’s largest park surrounds picturesque Lake Chapman with a beach, dog park and trails. Enjoy disc golf, picnicking, boating and fishing. Due to COVID-19 all playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts and the Visitor’s Center are restricted areas, accompanied by limited reservable facilities and no boat rentals until further notice. Bring your credit/debit card to pay for entrance fees, no cash.

Satterfield Park

2950 Cherokee Road • 706-613-3991

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

Community park with athletic fields and courts. Home to East Athens Little League play.

Southeast Clarke Park

4440 Lexington Road • 706-613-3991

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

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.

Walker Park

200 Trail Creek St. • 706-613-3991

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

Sprawling park just minutes from downtown with a fitness zone, a popular splash pad for kids, soccer fields and mountain bike trails.

UGA Parks

Legion Pool

830 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-542-8235 • tate.uga.edu/
legionpool

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. Closed for the 2020 season.

Oconee Forest Park

College Station Road at Alumni Drive • 706-542-4287 • warnell.forestry.uga.edu/oconee-forest-park

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 • botgarden.uga.edu

Hours: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Admire beautiful and diverse gardens, or explore nature trails. The grounds include a visitors center with a conservatory and café and frequently serve as a concert or wedding venue. The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden is a kid-centric wonderland. The lovely Day Chapel in the woods is available for rental. No dogs.

Oconee County

oconeecounty.com/398/Parks-Facilities

Bogart Sports Complex

S. Burson Ave., Bogart • 706-769-3965

Hours: dawn–11 p.m.

Lighted ballfields and multipurpose fields.

Harris Shoals Park

Harris Shoals Drive, Watkinsville • 706-769-5161

Hours: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Small park with picnic tables, walking trails, shoals and a baseball field.

Heritage Park

2543 Macon Hwy., Watkinsville • 706-769-3965

Hours: sunrise–sunset

364-acre park bordering the Apalachee River with miles of hiking, biking and horse-riding trails, as well as an open-air arena that hosts special events.

Herman C. Michael Park

1051 Elder Road, Bishop • 706-769-3965

Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Large park with lighted fields and a free disc golf course.

Oconee Veterans Park

3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville • 706-769-3965

Hours: Mon–Thurs, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sun, 1–6 p.m.

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 • cityofwinterville.com/pittard-park

Hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

This park has a pavilion, playgrounds and metal art by Beverly Babb. It hosts the Marigold Festival every spring.

State of Georgia

Fort Yargo State Park

210 S. Broad St., Winder • 770-867-3489 • gastateparks.org/fortyargo

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 • gastateparks.org/watsonmillbridge

Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

This park contains the longest covered bridge in the state, as well as log cabins and campsites, horse-riding trails and a river perfect for wading.