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Things To Do Outside In Woodstock, GA – Atlanta’s Neighbor

Olde Rope Mill Par Pathway.

Located just 30 minutes northwest of the Atlanta perimeter on I-75/575, Woodstock is an unexpected destination offering visitors authentic and organic experiences including interesting dining experiences, unique shopping options and loads of outdoor adventure that make it an ideal basecamp for exploring North Georgia.

From fishing and watersports to hiking and biking, there’s plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in Woodstock this spring.

OLDE MILL ROPE PARK – Hike, Bike, Paddle

Olde Mill Rope Park area is a great spot for families to stay, play and explore for the whole weekend. Just an eight-minute drive from downtown Woodstock and only two minutes from the Outlet Shoppes, Olde Rope Mill Park is home to the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails as well as various other paths making up more than 20 miles of forested hiking and cycling trails.

For those looking to get out on the water, visitors can access the put-in ramp inside the park and head to Lake Allatoona, located approximately 15 minutes from the park, via the Little River. Along the way, enjoy gorgeous views, access to waterfall inlets and calm waters. Need equipment? No problem! Murph’s Surf, a bike sales and kayak/paddleboard outfitter offers more than nine locations where you can reserve your kayak or paddleboard. A popular offering is a three-hour trip to the Little River Marina and back.  

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Allatoona Lake, situated on the Etowah River is a tributary of the Coosa River and serves as a respite from the rush of city living. | Photo Credit: Visit Woodstock GA

LAKE ALLATOONA – Water Sports, Camping

Ten minutes from Woodstock are the southeast shores of Lake Allatoona, a 12,000-acre water-sports and fishing paradise encompassing 270 miles of shoreline. While Allatoona Lake is one of the country’s most frequently visited Army Corps of Engineers lakes (nearly seven million yearly visitors), after the summer peak boating and camping season it’s more peaceful and serene. Hike to a hidden battlefield or climb a ridge to an 1860s ironworks with a fascinating history.

With its setting on Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park is a biking and hiker’s haven with its own unique recreation and programming. More than 15 miles of trails wind through the forested park, providing opportunities for exercise and nature photography. The gravel-topped, four-mile Iron Hill Trail is open to both hikers and bikers, offering pretty views of the lake’s shoreline.

Over 20 miles of public trails loop through the city of Woodstock, offering visitors ample opportunities for outdoor activity. | Photo Credit: Visit Woodstock GA


A great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise is exploring the Greenprints Trail System, a 20-mile trail system made up of a series of multi-use trails along shaded creeks in and around Woodstock. There are 14 scenic trails in the Woodstock area, including kid-friendly; easy; scenic river and forest hikes and more. Additionally, the Noonday Creek Trail runs from the center of downtown Woodstock, allowing families to park in town and ride along the 1.43 miles at their leisure. The whole family will enjoy exploring by scooter, bike or on foot. The trail offers easy access to The Downtown Playground and Reformation Brewery’s Backyard—an added bonus for everyone!

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UP UP & AWAY – Hot Air Balloon

For something outside the box, check out Balloon Atlanta for a memorable experience that is sure to impress the whole family. Get a bird’s eye view of Atlanta and the surrounding area that everyone will be talking about for years to come—even the teens!


We like the Holiday Inn Express but there are a number of other great lodging accommodations as well.


Come for the arts and stay to experience so much more! Woodstock offers a variety of lodging options, spectacular dining experiences, shopping and more. Don’t miss dinner and rooftop views at Rootstock, known for offering farm fresh gourmet food, an impressive wine list, whiskey tastings and live music. If you only have time to grab a local brew stop in at Jekyll Brewing.

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