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Parks & nature in Athens

Botanical Garden
“A short drive but worlds away from town! A conservatory, formal and native gardens, a trail system, and a fabulous Children’s garden make this a place where there’s something for everyone! ”
56 locals recommend
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“A favorite of our family’s! The Nature Center is a wonderful (and free!) indoor option for kids and the trails and greenway provide nice slots to walk, run, or bike. (Use caution when on greenway when alone or at night.). ”
26 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Well kept hiking trails, indoor observatory, gardens, and HUGE and NEW playground/ play area for children of all ages! ”
23 locals recommend
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“Disk golf, hiking trails, fishing, and swimming. Two dollars entry fee, 3 dollars for Diskgolf. ”
20 locals recommend
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“Memorial Park is a great place to go and walk. At the park, you can enjoy walking trails, the pond and plenty of wildlife. ”
11 locals recommend
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“Bishop Park is the second oldest park in Athens and is a 33-acre park housing ball fields, paved trails & tennis courts, plus picnic pavilions & playgrounds. On Saturday mornings, the Athens Farmers Market is set up in the large tennis pavilion with food trucks, local produce and meats, specialty goods, and much more! Get there early to get a biscuit from the Farm Cart!”
14 locals recommend
Trail
“Cute and small family zoo completely in the shade, pond, walking trails, and playground!”
20 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“This is a true Athens landmark don’t forget to stop and see it while you’re downtown.”
11 locals recommend
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“Quaint little pond in the midst of Athens. Check out the free Bear Hollow Zoo right next door to see some critters! ”
8 locals recommend
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“This spot in just a short walk away from the Airbnb and a great place to throw around a frisbee or a football! Take a blanket and relax, go for a stroll or check out the famous REM railroad trestle! Pro Tip: Mama's Boy too busy to get a table? Call in a to-go order and bring it to Dudley Park right next door for a picnic! ”
11 locals recommend
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“Good 2-3 mile trail. Large open green spaces for picnic or running dogs. The North Oconee river flows on one side and there is a creek that enters it right at the beginning which is good for wading.”
6 locals recommend
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“Cross over Broad Street through the iconic Arch and you'll be stepping back in time over two centuries, to the birthplace of public higher education in America. The University of Georgia was chartered in 1789 and the Historic North Campus was modeled after Yale. Magnificent Greek Revival buildings date back to the start of classes in the first decade of the 19th century.”
9 locals recommend
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“This park has well maintain mountain bike trails and a splash pad for hot summer days. Located on the green way it is a great water stop on a long summer run. ”
4 locals recommend
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“Big playground, massive dog park, skate park, baseball fields - they've got it all and lots of it is basically brand new. We bring our dogs here a couple of days a week. It's wonderful.”
1 local recommends
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“The Greenway is a linear park system that provides wildlife corridors, open spaces and a family friendly multi use path for the public's enjoyment.”
5 locals recommend
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“Beautiful, mostly wooded park on the shoals, with picnic shelters, classic wood-built playgrounds, and a ball field. Tucked away, it usually stays very quiet.”
3 locals recommend