Quality Inn & Suites Decatur - Atlanta East
5300 Snapfinger Park Drive
Decatur, GA 30035
Phone: (678) 418-0004
Fax: (678) 418-7131
Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve encompasses 2550 acres (1031.94 hectares) of pristine forest, and features many dramatic rock outcroppings amid the rolling hills. The park's mountaintop terrain bears a fragile ecosystem, including several protected species of flora. Brochures are available to help visitors identify these rare, endangered plants. Charted hikes include treks past the park's lakes, through the forests, and to the top of the mountain. Take Interstate 20 east to Evans Mill Road (exit 38) and turn right. Turn right again at Klondike Road and drive two miles to the park.
Located a mere 18 miles (30 kilometers) from downtown and Buckhead, this municipal course is as popular for its affordable rates as for its championship caliber design elements. Laid out by famed designer Dick Wilson, the 18-hole, par 72 course was fully refurbished with bentgrass, and blends beautifully into the rolling Georgia countryside. Call ahead for further information and admission details.
Located just outside of old Decatur, Little Mountain offers an affordable round of golf on a challenging course. The course is well-maintained for a public facility, and also features a driving range, practice green and a well-stocked pro-shop. There is also a snack bar at the turn to fuel your swing for the back nine. Green fees for the par-72, 5759-yard (5266-meter) course include cart.
Just 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, this 617-acre (250-hectare) park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the natural splendor on any of the park's trails, or stop by on the weekend for a guided hike to the top of the Panola Mountain. Hikers will enjoy the many species of flora and fauna that abound here, as well as the rock formations along the face of the 940-foot (286-meter) mountain itself. An interpretive center is located at the head of the trails, where regular nature hikes are organized by park rangers. See their website for maps, calendar of park events, and reservation details.
Atlanta's natural pride and joy is the sprawling beauty of Stone Mountain Park, where all are welcome to partake of a round at its beautiful 36-hole course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, much of the course hugs the shores of the park's lake. There's a pro shop on the premises, with lessons and rental clubs available. The course also features practice areas, a driving range and two putting greens. Weekend and holiday rounds require about a week's advance reservation.
Just east of Atlanta, this 3200-acre (1300-hectare) park centers on the world's largest exposed granite mountain. Sky lift gondolas whisk visitors 825 feet (251 meters) to the top, where commanding views of the Georgia countryside await them. The north face's 90x100-foot (27x30-meter) bas-relief memorial to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is the world's largest. An antebellum plantation, an antique auto museum and a petting zoo are all located within the park, as are camping, dining and lodging accommodations. During the summer, there are evening laser light shows on the mountain.
Sugar Creek Golf & Tennis Center has long been known for its fast greens and well-kept fairways. Recent work has changed a couple of holes and made the course even tougher. It hosts several tournaments and corporate events. Visit website for more information.
This urban recreation center brings outdoor fun to the southeast side neighborhood of Little Five Points. In addition to a swimming pool (open during summer months only), the park features tennis courts, basketball courts, softball and soccer fields, a children's playground and a large picnic pavilion. The 48-acre (20-hectare) expanse has extensive paved pathways for biking and in-line skating, plus public restrooms and a specially designated pet area. Take the Flat Shoals Road exit off Interstate 20 and head north. Turn right on 2nd Avenue, then right again on Tilson Road to reach here.
This large open space near the Fireside Pavilion at the Stone Mountain Park is perfect for hosting outdoor group activities and fun events. The space is particularly popular for organizing team-building events in conjunction with the pavilion. The lush greenery and rugged mountains offer a beautiful backdrop for your event. Call for more information.
This golf club has a rich history and a distinct reputation on the golf circuit. Over 40 regional and national champions have emerged from this prestigious course. Bobby Jones and Charlie Yates went on to win the British Amateur championships as well. It has played host to over 17 major championships, such as the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, 101st United States Amateur Championship, and the PGA TOUR Championship. It has an 18-hole golf course and a clubhouse designed by architect Harry Leslie Walker. There's also a special enclosure reserved only for members. For more details and directions to the course, you can visit the website.
This farm is not far from downtown Atlanta, and offers a sweet retreat from city life. Trail rides, picnics, and many other activities are offered on this 100-acre (40-hectare) estate, which features both farmland and woodlands. Perhaps the most popular events are the moonlight hayrides, offered nightly throughout the year in fair weather. Business retreats, office picnics, and private events can all be organised, and 15 acres (six hectares) can be for camping.
Atlanta may be hours from the sea, but Gwinnett County provides a solution for its residents and guestsone of which is located at Mountain Park. Each of these state-of-the-art facilities offers a variety of swim lessons and classes, plus daily open swims. Season passes are available. Call for information on locations, schedules, costs and hours of operation, which vary by site.