Spring fever and spring break go hand-in-hand this time of year. If you can’t get out of town, get out of the house and enjoy the plethora of amenities offered by the city and county parks in our area.
Badger Creek Park
464 Blalock Road, Woodstock. Opened in fall 2012, the park includes 14 soccer fields of various sizes and is home to Cherokee Impact (www.csaimpact.com). Amenities include athletic fields and restrooms.
10795 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. Located on 25 acres along Bells Ferry Road, the park includes baseball/softball diamonds, a playground, picnic areas, restrooms and walking trails along Downing Creek.
Blankets Creek Bike Trails
Reason Way, Canton. Opened in 2000, these bike trails are among the most popular mountain trails in the U.S. They represent a partnership between Cherokee County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Allatoona Lake) and SORBA Woodstock. There are more than 15 miles of volunteer-maintained trails for beginners to advanced riders. Trails are closed during inclement weather. Amenities at the trailhead include parking, pavilions and restrooms.
Buffington Park and Gym
4600 Cumming Highway, Canton. Located on Cumming Highway, the park includes a baseball/softball diamond, outdoor basketball court, gymnasium, batting cages and a pavilion.
Cherokee County Aquatic Center
1200 Wellstar Way, Canton. Located off Sixes Road (Exit 11 on I-575), this is a state-of-the-art, full-service aquatics facility with two indoor pools and one outdoor leisure pool. The aquatic center offers instructional, fitness, therapeutic, competitive and recreational swimming opportunities. The Oasis, the outdoor leisure pool, includes a water playground, two water slides, play features, beach entry, pavilions, Funbrella, family restrooms, locker rooms and the Oasis Café.
Cherokee Mills Park
6900 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Located on Bells Ferry Road near Little River, this park offers access to Allatoona Lake. Three boat ramps and a boat dock make this a popular place to launch watercrafts. A day-use fee applies for the boat ramp, or you can purchase a season pass at the Recreation Center. The boat ramp is open seasonally, based upon lake levels. Daily fee $5, annual pass $40, military active duty and veterans half off, seniors 62 and older are free.
Cherokee Veterans Park
7345 Cumming Highway, Canton. Located on 149 acres in northeast Cherokee County, this is one of the largest in the county’s park system. Amenities include athletic fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, playground, skate park, walking trails, a large open meadow and restrooms.
704 Bartow St., Waleska. This 12-acre park includes tennis courts, a wooded walking trail, a playground and a seasonal splash pad.
Dwight Terry Park
13395 E. Cherokee Drive, Ball Ground. Located in northeast Cherokee County, this 30-acre park includes baseball/softball diamonds, a playground, restrooms and a half-mile paved walking track. It is home to the Junior Grizzlies youth baseball program.
Fields Landing Park
600 Fields Landing Drive, Canton. Situated on the north side of Allatoona Lake, this park has spectacular views of the lake, along with a boat ramp, fishing dock, playground, restrooms, several picnic areas and pavilions. The boat ramp is open seasonally, based on lake levels. A day-use fee applies for the boat ramp, or purchase a season pass at the Recreation Center. Daily fee $5, annual pass $40, military active duty and veterans half off, seniors 62 and older are free.
Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails
1411 Garland Mountain Way, Waleska. The 12½ miles of marked horse and hiking trails wind their way through 544 wooded acres in northwest Cherokee County. The trailhead has trailer parking, a pavilion and restrooms. The trails are maintained in partnership with the Friends of Garland Mountain.
Hickory Trails Park
3860 Hickory Road, Canton. Located in the Hickory Flat community, the park offers a three-quarter-mile walking trail on 24 pastoral and wooded acres. The trailhead is served by a gravel parking lot, restrooms and two pavilions (available first-come, first-served basis).
6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Originally opened in April 1990, this 60-acre park remains one of the most active and heavily used parks in Cherokee County. In addition to youth baseball and adult softball leagues, it hosts multiple softball/baseball tournaments every year. The walking track, playground and pavilions also are heavily used. To reserve a pavilion, call 770-924-7768. For information about tennis programs or to reserve a court, contact the Cherokee Tennis Center at 770-592-4582 or www.cherokeetenniscenter.com.
J.J. Biello Park
155 Brooke Blvd., Woodstock. Spread over 470 acres along Rubes Creek and Little River, the park includes tennis, youth softball, youth football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as a large pavilion and playground.
Kenney Askew Memorial Park
1080 Univeter Road, Canton. One of the oldest parks in the Cherokee County system, it recently was expanded to include the new Richard Mauldin Sports Complex. Five new fields were opened in fall 2015. These fields are home to Canton Baseball. The park is also home to the Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club. Amenities include: athletic field (available for rent), six baseball/softball diamonds, four tennis courts, playground, pavilion and restrooms.
200 E. Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. Nestled in 57 acres of wooded land south of Allatoona Lake, within a few minutes of the Towne Lake and Sixes communities, this park has a walking trail that winds along an unnamed tributary of the Little River, a playground, pavilions (first-come, first-served) and restrooms.
1485 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. The 33-acre park includes two natural grass baseball/softball diamonds, two fenced off-leash dog areas — one for large dogs and another for small dogs — a fully accessible and inclusive playground, a paved walking path throughout the park, a large open meadow, a picnic pavilion, a concession/restroom building and an artificial turf adaptive use baseball/softball diamond. Dubbed Freedom Field, the adaptive use field is designed for the inclusive use by athletes of all abilities. It is the first of its kind in the county and home of the Cherokee County Miracle League program.
Recreation Center, South Annex
7545 Main St., Woodstock. Located within the South Government Annex, just north of downtown Woodstock, the Recreation Center is home to the Recreation and Parks offices and most of the indoor programming offered by CRPA. Rooms in the center are available for rent. Call 770-924-7768 for more information. Amenities include: a gymnasium, community room, aerobics room, stage, playground, outdoor in-line hockey rink and restrooms.
150 River Glen Drive, Woodstock. Riverchase is a small neighborhood park in southeast Cherokee. It includes a playground and pavilion that is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
7000 Vaughn Road, Canton. Located on Vaughn Road in southeast Cherokee County, Sequoyah Park offers an athletic field, baseball/softball diamonds, playground, walking trail and disc golf course.
Union Hill Community Center
1780 A. J. Land Road, Canton. Located in the community of Union Hill, this historic building has been a school and a church. Renovated in 2011, it now serves as a community center, with a banquet hall, warming kitchen, playground and restrooms. Available for weddings and parties. Call 770- 924-7768 to book.
150 Ball Field Road, Waleska. Fully renovated and expanded in 2014, the park is located across the street from Reinhardt University. It has three youth baseball/softball diamonds, restrooms and a playground.
100 Worley Road, Canton. Located in the Clayton community, north of Canton, the park has an athletic field, three baseball/softball diamonds and a pavilion, all available for rent. Also available is a playground, restrooms and a walking track.
Woodstock City Parks
Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater
Home of the Woodstock Summer Concert Series, it features multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn to accommodate an audience of more than 7,500. The bandshell includes public restrooms that also serve the Park at City Center year-round.
The Park at City Center
The amenities of this downtown park include a gazebo, benches, fountain and the Woodstock War Memorial. The park is host to numerous community events, including: the Woodstock Summer Concert Series, Fourth of July FreedomFest, KidsFest (in October) and the Christmas Jubilee.
Located on Neese Road, just south of Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, the park features a large playground, restrooms, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, quarter-mile walking trail, a fishing pond and two park pavilions.
Dobbs Road Park
Located off Main Street, just east of Chattahoochee Technical College, the park features a quarter-mile walking trail, park benches and a community garden.
North of Highway 92 on Springfield Drive in Woodstock, it is heavily shaded and features picnic tables, benches and a small playground.
Olde Rope Mill Park
Located at the end of Rope Mill Road in Woodstock, the park features multiple mountain bike and multi-use trails, park benches, picnic tables, a park pavilion with grill and a scenic overlook/fishing platform. The park is home to the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trail that has 14 miles of connecting trails that twist through nearly 100 acres of public park land. A pedestrian/bike bridge connects the south side of Little River to the north side, where you can see the remnants of an 1800s rope mill.
Located at 150 Dupree Road and open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, this dog park’s amenities include separate large- and small-breed off-leash areas, shade structures, water fountains, benches and restroom facilities. Trailhead connections to Noonday Creek and Town Lake Pass trails are located here.