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The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A 313-acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia to foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of plants and nature. Features miles of hiking trails bordering the Middle Oconee River, a 3-story tropical conservatory, and gardens showcasing native and international flora. Read about the history and growth of the Botanical Garden.

Oconee Forest Park
A 60-acre natural area on the UGA campus providing recreation, teaching, and research opportunities for the community while preserving its 100-year-old forest.

Founders Memorial Garden
Created as a living tribute to the twelve Georgia women who in 1891 formed the first garden club in the nation, this 2.5 acre garden on the grounds of the University of Georgia campus features a perennial garden, a formal boxwood parterre, a camellia walk and arbor, and a shaded garden with azaleas, rhododendrons, ground covers, and stone paths.

The Trial Gardens
The UGA Horticulture Trial Gardens evaluate the newest varieties of annuals from all over the world and put perennials to the test to find those that stand up to southeastern heat and humidity. The garden is open to the public year-round and offers detailed information on the plants trialed.

Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden
Highlights medicinal plants of cultural significance in Latin America and focuses attention on the critical need for conservation of this biodiversity.

ACC facilities

Flagpole Magazine's guide to parks in Athens.

Bear Hollow Zoo
Bear Hollow's exhibits of native Georgia wildlife such as black bears, bobcats, deer, eagles, owls, and river otters teach visitors about wildlife and our community's reliance on natural systems of the environment.

Ben Burton Park
A 32-acre wildlife preserve comprised of floodplain and forest habitats. It features a hardwood forest, a 1.2 mile mineral surface loop trail, scenic shoals on the Middle Oconee River, open fields, picnic tables and grills.

Bishop Park
A 33-acre park offering athletic fields, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a gym, a playground, tennis courts, a walking trail and a picnic area.

Cook’s Trail
A 4.1 mile path that follows the floodplain of Sandy Creek from Lake Chapman in Sandy Creek Park to Sandy Creek Nature Center where it connects to the North Oconee River Greenway. The trail crosses over boardwalks and bridges through a wetland and beaver dam swamp.

Dudley Park
A 12-acre park nestled in the confluence of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River nearby downtown Athens and the University of Georgia. This natural resource park features hardwoods, open fields, and picnic tables.

Holland Youth Sports Complex
The 62-acre facility features six baseball fields and four soccer fields.

Lay Park
Offers a fitness room, game room, gymnasium, basketball court, tennis court, swimming pool, computer lab, library, and more.

Memorial Park
Covers 72 acres in the historic Five Points district and features a three-acre lake, swimming pool, playground, picnic shelters, and an enclosed dog park. Additionally, Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, the Birchmore Trail, and Athens Creative Theatre are located at the park.

North Oconee River Greenway
A 3.75 mile long paved bicycling and walking path open sunrise to sunset.

North Oconee River Park
20-acre greenspace providing an urban oasis for both humans and animals

Reese & Pope Park
Provides a picnic area, playground, and basketball court.

Rocksprings Community Center and Park
This 6 acre park features a recreation building, playground, outdoor pool, and basketball courts.

Sandy Creek Nature Center
225 acres of woodlands, fields, and wetlands serve as a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education facility. Provides more than 5 miles of nature trails. The Education & Visitor Center features interactive learning centers which promote understanding of our natural environment.

Sandy Creek Park
The largest of the county's parks with 782 acres featuring Lake Chapman surrounded by rolling fields and woods. Offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including playgrounds, sports areas, swimming, hiking, camping, horse trails, dog runs, disc golf and picnic areas.

Satterfield Park
Features five athletic fields, three tennis courts, and a playground.

Southeast Clarke Park
This 124-acre park has an array of amenities including baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a walking path and nature trails. The park is also home to the World of Wonder Playground, Wiggly Field Dog Park, and Skatepark of Athens.

Trail Creek Park
A facility featuring athletic fields, nature trails, a mountain bike trail, a playground, picnic areas, and an outdoor fitness zone.

Boulevard Woods Community Park
A volunteer-driven effort to design and build a distinctive community park in the Boulevard area on an empty lot on Barber Street.


ACC Leisure Services Program Guide
A schedule of events held at facilities of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department including Lyndon House Arts Center, the Morton Theatre, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and area parks.