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Your guide to 16 great Georgia state parks

When you feel the pull of the outdoors, don’t overlook the obvious choice: Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites cover incredibly diverse terrain, from North America’s largest blackwater swamp to one of the world’s great mountain ranges. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore, especially when the leaves start to turn.
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Hidden park: Lake Claire Community Land Trust

Meet an emu named Big Lou, visit a pond popular with turtles, and commune with free-range chickens in this park inside a residential neighborhood near Candler Park, hidden just steps away from busy DeKalb Avenue. Climb up to the lookout point for some great views.
Fourth Ward

Six Atlanta community parks to discover

Discover the greener side of Atlanta by exploring these six community parks.

Report: Atlanta ranks No. 42 for city parks

Atlanta sometimes is called “the city in the trees,” and certainly as you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson this time of year, a green canopy appears to cover the city. But deplane and explore at ground level and you’ll soon realize things aren’t quite so verdant. For the third year in a row we have earned a low score on a national assessment of city parks. But—in large part due to the Atlanta BeltLine—Atlanta’s gaining green space and serving more residents.

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Grab your camera!

30-33. Experience four essential festivals

You can tour historic homes in Atlanta’s first “suburb,” take in bands, and see local art, but the real highlight 
is Saturday’s parade, complete with 
an attorney drill team, the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, and the Trash Queen.

1. Play (or play hooky) in Woodruff Park

In the shadow of beaux arts skyscrapers, Woodruff Park is the city’s historic heart. If you haven’t strolled through it for years, you’ll be surprised by its vitality.

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