The weather in Johns Creek is pleasant for most of the year, and locals are always looking for fun things to do outside. You’ll find no shortage of parks, natural areas, golf courses, and other tremendous outdoor activities in Johns Creek and the surrounding areas. Below you’ll learn about a few of the top options you can check out in town.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
This 46-acre park offers a variety of beautiful spaces to explore and activities to try. There are several hiking trails inside the park. As you explore, you’ll have a chance to get close to a number of different native plants. You’ll also see several species of birds flying through the area. One of the most notable attractions inside Autrey Mill is the historic mill and the Native American Village. Both sites offer guests a chance to learn about the unique history and culture of the area. Check out the park’s schedule of events to learn about any photography classes or birdwatching workshops that may be coming soon.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a massive park that spans nearly 50 miles along the river. It’s easy to access from metropolitan Atlanta and a popular spot for anyone who enjoys kayaking, picnicking, and canoeing. The park contains a number of boat ramps and fishing piers that make it easy for visitors to get out on the water. If you prefer to hike through the area, you’ll find several hiking trails that provide sweeping views of the river and the surrounding natural areas. Plenty of different forms of wildlife live in the park, and it’s normal to observe deer, beavers, otters, and many species of birds native to the park.
Located near Johns Creek, Ocee Park is made up of multiple walking trails, a fishing pond, and a playground. Park staff regularly stocks the pond with fish, making it a favorite among anglers from around the area. The park also offers several covered picnic areas with grills for your next barbecue. Many local sports leagues take advantage of the baseball and soccer fields in the park as well.
Jones Bridge Park
Like the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Jones Bridge Park also sits along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Guests can take advantage of the boat ramp and fishing pier along with the park’s multiple picnic areas. Many people will head out to Jones Bridge Park to head onto the water for kayaking and canoeing, while others will cast a fishing line from the dock. Some prefer to explore the park on one of the many walking and hiking trails. During the weekends, you’ll find youth baseball and soccer games happening on the park’s many athletic fields. Next time you’re looking for something to do on the weekend, consider getting a group together for a sand volleyball game on one of the public courts or splashing around in one of the park’s swimming areas.
St. Marlo Country Club
St. Marlo Country Club was recently voted one of the best three public golf courses in Atlanta. Designed by Denis Griffiths, the course includes distinctive stonework and multiple breathtaking waterfalls. The course plays at just under 7,000 yards from the back tees, and the par-72 layout will provide an appropriate challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The course is known for its beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, well-maintained fairways, and fast greens. The club also has a swimming pool and multiple tennis courts onsite. You can head over to the clubhouse to grab a meal and a cold drink after you finish your round of golf or your game of tennis.
Rivermont Golf and Country Club
Rivermont Golf and Country Club will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary by hosting the 2023 Georgia State Amateur Championship. The course was honored by Johns Creek Awards in 2019 as the area’s best golf club. The 18-hole championship course was redesigned by well-known course designer Michael Riley in 2006. Members can enjoy the tremendous atmosphere and food inside Rivermont’s clubhouse in addition to their golf privileges. The club prides itself on providing excellent hospitality and unique membership advantages in addition to its award-winning golf facilities.
Red Top Mountain State Park
Red Top Mountain State Park sits on the shores of Lake Allatoona. The park has multiple hiking trails, but Iron Hill Trail is arguably their most popular. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding areas as you explore this trail. You can also enjoy a picnic or barbecue in one of their covered pavilions, or you can launch your boat from one of their ramps to relax on the lake. Since the lake contains several fish species, such as crappie, catfish, and bass, it’s also an incredibly popular fishing spot. You’ll find other spots on the water perfect for swimming, including a sand beach surrounded by trees and nestled into a cove. Visit their website to reserve a spot for your overnight camping trip.
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