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10 Parks, Secret Gardens and Green Spaces in Atlanta

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August is on its way out, meaning we may have just a few more weeks of oppressive heat before the weather gives way to autumn's awesomeness. With bearable temperatures on the horizon, you'll soon be able to leave your air-conditioned cocoon, go outside and actually enjoy the experience. Atlanta's got tons of outdoor spaces that are pretty sweet — Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, the Beltline, etc. — but if you want to slink away somewhere quiet, there's plenty of lesser-known places, too. After the jump, check out 10 off-the-beaten-path outdoor spaces in Atlanta. One even has a resident emu.


· Kirkwood Urban Forest Community Garden
· Lake Claire Community Land Trust
· Ansley Park Beautification Foundation
· Roof Garden at Clough Commons
· Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center
· Springvale Park
· Japanese Zen Garden at the Hyatt Grand
· Mountain Way Common
· A Guide to Lullwater Park
· Serene PATH400 Park to Host Ribbon-Cutting Next Month [Curbed Atlanta]

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1. Kirkwood Urban Forest Community Garden

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1807 Dixie Street Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

Formerly an illegal dump, this seven-acre slice of paradise is a forest filled with trails, a creek and even a community garden.

2. Lake Claire Community Land Trust

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280 Arizona Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

Just one-and-1/2 acres, this elevated piece of land next to the MARTA tracks used to be filled with kudzu. Now there's a playground complete with resident emu, Big Lou.

3. The Parks of Ansley Park

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91 Barksdale Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

With five separate parks nestled amongst the winding streets of Ansley Park, there's plenty of space to relax in the shade of big oaks, surrounded by beautiful old homes.

4. Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC)

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266 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
(404) 385-6439
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Located on the roof of Georgia Tech's Student Center, this garden provides views across campus above the bustle of the quad.

5. Cator Woolford Gardens

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1815 S Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Located at the Frazer Center, this 39-acre old-growth forest is one of the few remaining historic estates in the metro area and a popular spot for weddings.

6. Springvale Park

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Waverly Way NE
Atlanta, GA

Stretching through the heart of Inman Park, Springvale was the brainchild of Joel Hurt and designed by the famous landscape architects the Olmsteads.

7. Japanese Garden at Grand Hyatt

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3300 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-1234
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Epitomizing feng shui, complete with a 32-foot waterfall, the park was designed by a Kyoto-based architect, making it super-legit.

8. Cocktails in the Garden

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1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
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While the Atlanta Botanical Gardens aren't all that secret, not everyone knows about their Cocktails in the Garden series. Because plants are a lot more interesting when there is alcohol.

9. Mountain Way Common

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Located beneath Georgia Highway 400 in a secluded residential valley, the park is undergoing some major upgrades in preparation for its linking to PATH400.

10. Lullwater Preserve

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1463 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Owned by Emory University, this 154-acre preserve features a massive suspension bridge over a lake, plus trails and plenty of opportunity to see wildlife.

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1. Kirkwood Urban Forest Community Garden

1807 Dixie Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30317

Formerly an illegal dump, this seven-acre slice of paradise is a forest filled with trails, a creek and even a community garden.

1807 Dixie Street Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

2. Lake Claire Community Land Trust

280 Arizona Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Just one-and-1/2 acres, this elevated piece of land next to the MARTA tracks used to be filled with kudzu. Now there's a playground complete with resident emu, Big Lou.

280 Arizona Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. The Parks of Ansley Park

91 Barksdale Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

With five separate parks nestled amongst the winding streets of Ansley Park, there's plenty of space to relax in the shade of big oaks, surrounded by beautiful old homes.

91 Barksdale Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC)

266 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Located on the roof of Georgia Tech's Student Center, this garden provides views across campus above the bustle of the quad.

266 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

5. Cator Woolford Gardens

1815 S Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Located at the Frazer Center, this 39-acre old-growth forest is one of the few remaining historic estates in the metro area and a popular spot for weddings.

1815 S Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Springvale Park

Waverly Way NE, Atlanta, GA

Stretching through the heart of Inman Park, Springvale was the brainchild of Joel Hurt and designed by the famous landscape architects the Olmsteads.

Waverly Way NE
Atlanta, GA

7. Japanese Garden at Grand Hyatt

3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Epitomizing feng shui, complete with a 32-foot waterfall, the park was designed by a Kyoto-based architect, making it super-legit.

3300 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

8. Cocktails in the Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

While the Atlanta Botanical Gardens aren't all that secret, not everyone knows about their Cocktails in the Garden series. Because plants are a lot more interesting when there is alcohol.

1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Mountain Way Common

Atlanta, GA

Located beneath Georgia Highway 400 in a secluded residential valley, the park is undergoing some major upgrades in preparation for its linking to PATH400.

10. Lullwater Preserve

1463 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

Owned by Emory University, this 154-acre preserve features a massive suspension bridge over a lake, plus trails and plenty of opportunity to see wildlife.

1463 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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