About John M
Lives in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Since Feb 2015
25-34 year old male
Born in the South. Living and teaching in Chiapas, Mexico.
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, State Parks
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas
Kayaking & Canoeing, Lessons & Workshops, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours
A guide to great outdoor spots in Atlanta would begin and end with a visit to Stone Mountain Park. The park offers an abundance of outdoor activities, but the hike up Stone Mountain, a Georgia landmark and the world's largest granite outcropping, is the major attraction. The hike up the mountain is not strenuous and takes roughly an hour. The view of Atlanta from the top of Stone Mountain is magnificent.
Take a walk through the history of Atlanta and the South in Oakland Cemetery. The Cemetery's lush gardens and rich history make up one of Atlanta's largest green spaces.
A guided, walking tour is a great way to get outside and learn about the history of Atlanta. I know natives of the city who have come away from these tours with a new perspective of their hometown.
This 30-acre botanical garden in the middle of Atlanta is a beautiful destination regardless of the season, as there are wonderful exhibitions year-round. Explore the flora of the region and take a hike through the 15-acre hardwood forest, one of the last remaining mature, hardwood forests in the city.
An oasis in the middle of the city, Piedmont Park offers several opportunities for a nature lover's respite. 'Atlanta's Central Park' is a great place for a picnic, hike, or run.
The oldest park in the city. With several historic neighborhoods nearby, Grant Park offers a great opportunity to see a side of old Atlanta.
Perhaps the best zoo in the South, Zoo Atlanta is a great destination for children and adults alike.
The Silver Comet Trail is just 15 miles northwest of Atlanta and is 61 mile-long paved trail with no motorized vehicles. The trail is a great example of the rail-to-trail initiative happening around the country: turning old and abandoned railroad lines into green spaces for non-motorized recreation.
Just 15 miles north of the city is this beautiful nature center on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Chattahoochee is a Cherokee word meaning 'painted rock.' The Chattahoochee Nature Center boasts several hiking and boardwalk trails. The center is also home to several species of birds of prey, including a captive bald eagle.
This is the best and most beautiful way to see the Hooch. Whether you are walking, jogging, fishing, hiking, boating, or just enjoying the river flow by, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a great place to spend the day or just a few hours away from the hustle of the city.
Built in 1949, The Starlight Six is an almost completely unspoiled old drive-in. A really great way to spend the evening outdoors in the middle of the city.
Walking through the Sweet Auburn Historic District in downtown Atlanta is a great way to get outdoors in the heart of the city and be able to experience historic Atlanta.