Econo Lodge At Six Flags
200 Lee Industrial Blvd.
Austell, GA 30168
Phone: (770) 941-2255
Fax: (770) 732-9678
Years ago, the Silver Comet Rail Line took passengers back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Now, however, the abandoned line has carried passengers only on foot or on bicycle. This paved trail runs for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Cobb County and continues into Paulding and Polk Counties. When completed, the trail will extend the entire length of the Atlanta-Birmingham line. Pets are allowed if leashed. You can access this scenic trail at multiple locations; just call for directions.
Oneness with nature is what you will experience at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. Spread across 120 acres (48.56 hectares), this natural preserve is one of the oldest in Atlanta. Trails within the park offers visitors a serene hiking path. You can also choose to spend some quiet time by the natural springs that form a small waterfall. If the walk gets too tiring, perch yourself on one of the picnic tables located within the park, gorge on your picnic basket and get re-energized. A visit to Cascade Springs Nature Preserve is sure to be a tranquil one.
This 2549-acre (1031.54-hectare) park is particularly noted for its populations of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Hiking trails are laid throughout, and pass such interesting spots as the George Sparks Reservoir and the ruins of a cotton factory destroyed during the Civil War. Canoe and fishing boat rentals are available, as well as a bait shack, restrooms, and historical information. Take home some souvenirs from the gift shop, located at the visitors center.
This pleasant 18-hole, par 72 course is popular with mid-level players, and sits on the site of a Civil War battle. One of the area's most frequented public courses, weekends can get pretty busy, so reserved tee times are strongly recommended. The golf course is open daily from 7a.
Atlanta is a genteel town steeped in tradition, and few local traditions can rival that of the Polo Club of Atlanta. While membership is expensive and somewhat exclusive, most Atlantans (and visitors) are satisfied to simply enjoy the refined spectacle of competitive matches, hosted every Sunday from June through October. Dress is casual and picnics are welcomed. Because of extreme summer heat, no matches are scheduled during the month of August.
Centered around a large, convoluted lake, the course at Dogwood presents a barrage of water hazards sufficient to test the mettle of any serious golfer. The tight, par-72 bentgrass course negotiates a twisting path of doglegs and double-backs along its 6501-yard (5944-meter) length. Green fees, including cart, is USD45 on weekdays. A driving range, small pro shop and rental clubs are also available. Dogwood is located about 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, and is open to the public.
This 26-acre 10.5-hectare) facility is designed with kids in mind. Located just a few miles from downtown, the center provides a hands-on natural learning experience for kids from pre-school age on up. Among the learning facilities are a tree house classroom, a 650-gallon freshwater aquarium, and an interactive ecological playground called Naturescape. Nature tours, educational programs, and a wide range of special events are offered throughout the year. Admission is free.
Located near West Wesley Road in Buckhead, Cross Creek is in a great spot for squeezing in a quick afternoon round. It is a par-3, 18-hole course that is also a perfect place for the beginner to sharpen his or her skills. The course is well maintained and nicely managed, and a pro shop with on-site golf pros is there if needed.
This Midtown specialty shop caters to the growing number of devotees of the extreme sports of rock climbing and rappelling. The facility is home to the largest climbing gym in the Southeast, which features an expansive "bouldering" area and a rotating climbing wall. The challenging obstacle course provides safe trial runs in negotiating overhangs, buttresses and cracks for novices and experienced climbers alike. Reservations are suggested for the daily beginners' instruction sessions, and equipment rental is available.
The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center located in the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, is a very famous swimming facility in Atlanta. This facility hosts the best of aquatic events all year round. Built in 1996 for the Olympic games, the competition pool is a great place to indulge in competitive laps. The aquatic center has comfortable stadium seating, a diving pool, spa and water slides. The swimming facility is mostly used by the university's swimming teams. The arena also has facilities for swimming camps and water polo practice.
Sports Illustrated named Fox Creek the #1 practice facility in the Southeast. Just a short drive (with a car, not a club) up Interstate 75 from the city, Fox Creek also boasts an executive golf course. Mostly par-3s with a few par-4s, this course is a great place to play if time is a factor or you're a beginner. The practice area offers a large driving range, as well as an immaculately maintained putting green. Fox Creek is the perfect place to hone one's golf skills.
For a test of your skills without a strain on your wallet, try the executive course at Legacy. The course features nicely varying topography, from numerous sloping doglegs to rolling fairways that hide surprising bunkers and traps. A driving range, putting course, clubhouse and pro shop are also located on site. Reserved tee times are strongly encouraged. Check website for updated information and seasonal timings.