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Athens has lots of public parks, some 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. The Athens-Clarke County government now has a new “Park Finder” app to help match users with locations that fit their amenity selections. Please visit accgov.com/parks, for a complete list of all parks and recreation areas.

Athens-Clarke County

accgov.com/parks

Ben Burton Park

615 Mitchell Bridge Road • 706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

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

Bishop Park

705 Sunset Drive • 706-613-3589

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

This large Normaltown park is equipped with fields and courts for a variety of sports, a paved walking path and a pool. Programs include tennis, gymnastics, swimming and more. Home to the Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays from March to December.

Boulevard Woods

298 Barber St. • 706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

This cute pocket park in the Boulevard neighborhood has a paved walking loop, a small playground and an amphitheater.

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 underway, and the public is invited to stay in touch with Leisure Services about updates.

East Athens Community Center

400 McKinley Drive • 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 serve everyone from kids to seniors and include 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 • fireflytrail.com

Hours: sunrise–sunset

The first mile of this painstakingly designed walking and biking trail is open along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor. Phase 2 of expansion (consisting of the bridge over Trail Creek/Murmur Trestle) is currently underway.

Greenway and Riverside Parks

706-613-3620

Hours: sunrise–sunset

These linear parks have over eight 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. (Please note that Cook’s Trail near Sandy Creek Nature Center is prone to flooding, so checking the park website is advised.) For a complete list of trails and points of interest, please visit www.accgov.com/greenway.

Holland Youth Sports Complex

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

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

The 62-acre sports complex is 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 Drive • 706-613-3580

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

This popular 72-acre park in the heart of Five Points is home to Bear Hollow Zoo (open 10 a.m.–3 p.m.), a dog park, a duck-filled pond and a public pool, as well as Athens Creative Theater.

Reese & Pope Park

375 Reese St. • 706-613-3801

Hours: sunrise–sunset

This is a small neighborhood park with basketball courts and a playground.

Rocksprings Community Center & Park

291 Henderson Ext. • 706-613-3602

Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This multipurpose park has 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. The Nature Playscape is the Center’s latest addition, inviting visitors to explore and be as adventurous in nature as possible. Please note that dogs, bikes, skates, skateboards and scooters are not allowed in the playscape.

Sandy Creek Park

400 Bob Holman Road • 706-613-3631

Hours: Tue–Sun., 7 a.m.–9 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. The park is open mostly from sunrise to sunset but changes depending on the time of the year.

Satterfield Park

2950 Cherokee Road • 706-613-3991

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

A community park with athletic fields and courts, Satterfield is 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, this is 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 are also tennis courts, a dog park, trails and soccer and softball fields.

Tennis Center

4460 Lexington Road • 706-613-3991

Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun, 1–6 p.m.

This recreation center accommodates year-round usage for open play, leagues, instructional programs, clinics and tournaments and includes 12 lighted, hard-surface courts with viewing and staging areas. There’s also a covered pavilion, restrooms and office and meeting facilities. The center is staffed seven days a week according to hours of operation, but courts open every day at 8 a.m. (Hours may be affected by the weather.)

Walker Park

200 Trail Creek St. • 706-613-3991

Hours: 8 a.m.–sunset

A sprawling park just minutes from downtown, Walker Park has 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/legion pool

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 bathhouse, Legion is enjoyed each summer by the university community and by those who join the Friends of Campus Life. Closed for the 2021 season.

Oconee Forest Park

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

Hours: dawn–dusk

This 60-acre park with hiking trails 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 and explore nature trails, but no dogs. The grounds include a visitors center with a conservatory and café and a new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum (with an elevator from the parking area down to the visitors center). The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden is a hands-on, kid-centric wonderland. Some garden facilities, such as the lovely Day Chapel in the woods, are available for rental.

Oconee County

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Bogart Sports Complex

200 S. Burson Ave., Bogart • 706-769-3965

Hours: dawn–11 p.m.

This 33-acre park behind the Bogart Library has lighted ballfields, multipurpose fields, playground and a half-mile trail.

Harris Shoals Park

Harris Shoals Drive, Watkinsville • 706-769-5161

Hours: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

This is a small park with picnic tables, walking trails, shoals and a baseball field.

Heritage Park

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

Hours: sunrise–sunset

The 364-acre park bordering the Apalachee River boasts 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.

This large park has 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.–6 p.m.; Sun, 1–6 p.m.

This park contains 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.jigsy.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 Winterville 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. Five-dollar parking with annual passes is available for purchase. Some social distancing restrictions may still apply when visiting.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

650 Watson Mill Road, Comer • 706-783-5349 • gastate parks.org/watsonmillbridge

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, campsites, horse-riding trails and a river perfect for wading. Five-dollar parking with annual passes is available for purchase. Some social distancing restrictions may still apply when visiting.