VOTING CLOSED: Best place to go hiking in metro Atlanta

Whether you're diehard climbers or the kind of family that needs a little encouragement to get off the couch for a few hours, there are lots of hikes your kids will love near Atlanta.

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Options for indoor exercise have dwindled during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop moving. The leaves are changing and the temperatures are falling — the perfect combination for taking a hike.

Hitting one of metro Atlanta’s myriad trails is a great way to stay socially distanced while getting fresh air and exercise. We’re lucky to have dozens of places to commune with nature within the metro area or just outside it.

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This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you go when you have the urge for walking in the sunshine or under a canopy of trees.

It’s impossible to include — or even know about — every place in the area, so if you don’t see your favorite, submit a write-in nominee by emailing your pick to by 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 28. If enough people suggest your favorite, we’ll add it to our poll.

The winner will be announced November 2.

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