Here are more places to visit for outdoor recreation.
Wills Park in Alpharetta is home to “The Wacky World Playground,” where children can run, climb and slide. Nearby is “Yellow Playground,” with swings and slides for smaller children.
In Sandy Springs, six picturesque playable art sculptures are a main attraction at Abernathy Greenway Linear Park. Play pieces include tall, red swings called “The Big Imagine”; climbable structures such as “Spider Walk”; and “Wonderwall” a colorful, whimsical craftwork for kids to traverse.
Nearby at Morgan Falls Overlook Park is a scenic children’s play space overlooking Bull Sluice Lake. The park also has walking trails, three sizable picnic pavilions and a fishing area.
Insider Tip: Take a left turn from the parking lot to find a dog park for big and small pets, as well as a ramp to put boats in the lake. Northsiders often set up chairs next to trees along the riverbank to fish.
Rock the boat
Boaters have numerous places to put in along the Chattahoochee River. In Roswell, they can enter the water at Azalea Park near Shoot the Hooch outfitters, which rents kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddleboards.
A few miles east leads to another launch area at Don White Memorial Park, which also has fishing docks.
The Johnson Ferry North and South Units of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a quiet space where boats enter the water, and instructors certified by the American Canoe Association teach kayaking classes.
Run happy, bike strong
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area entrances at Powers Island and Cochran Shoals parks are popular spots for runners who want to escape the sounds of city and enjoy springtime surroundings.
In December 2016, regular runners on Roswell Riverwalk along Riverside Road and Azalea Drive got a 1-mile extension, in which the trail veers off Azalea along the river and leads to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
The next phase of Riverwalk to be constructed will extend to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area at Johnson Ferry Road in Cobb County.
Another draw is Big Creek Greenway, an 8-mile concrete path with several trailheads, which extendsfrom Marconi Drive in Alpharetta to Roswell at Big Creek Park off Old Alabama Road.
Plan your visit
Big Creek Greenway. bigcreekgreenway.com
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. nps.gov/chat
Old Mill Park, 95 Mill Ave., Roswell
Sope Creek Park. atlantatrails.com
Sandy Springs Parks. sandyspringsga.org
Roswell Parks. roswellgov.com