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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park (Featured)

Best Place to Get Back to Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Sweetwater Creek State Park (Featured)

Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Tie: Atlanta with Nature Botanical Garden & Chattahoochee Nature Center

Best Place to Get Back to Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Constitution Lake Park (Featured)

Best Park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park (Featured)

Best Park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park (Featured)

Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (Featured)

Best Park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park (Featured)

Best park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park (Featured)

Best zen nature spot within 17 miles of Downtown Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Sweetwater Creek State Park (Featured)
A quick drive west on I-20 from the connector delivers you to a serene environment that feels far, far away from the chaos of Atlanta’s urban center. At SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK you can find your bliss in myriad ways: Rent a canoe and go out on the 215-acre reservoir and contemplate the interconnectednessmore...

A quick drive west on I-20 from the connector delivers you to a serene environment that feels far, far away from the chaos of Atlanta’s urban center. At SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK you can find your bliss in myriad ways: Rent a canoe and go out on the 215-acre reservoir and contemplate the interconnectedness of us all or take a hike and praise the creator of your choice (or none at all, if that’s your thing). The best hike combines the White Trail with the Red Trail, leaving the visitor center and heading counterclockwise for a 4.5-mile loop jaunt. Starting with a warning not to disturb rattlesnakes about a mile in before winding through a forest past a turtle pond and climaxing with a roughly 2-mile ramble on the red trail, hugging the whitewater swells of Sweetwater Creek beside you. The sounds alone will provide salvation. Bathe in the water for a rebirth, with plenty of deer checking you out in the brilliant afternoon light. Whatever your chosen journey, Sweetwater Creek will deliver the zen you seek. 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871. www.gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek.

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Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Featured)

Best place for a seance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Westview Cemetery Inc.

Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Sweetwater Creek State Park (Featured)

Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Constitution Lake Park (Featured)

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Featured)

Best riverwalk BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Island Ford
If you want a quiet hike or run in one of the Chattahoochee River's more scenic and less crowded areas (with plenty of nooks where you can take a dip, depending on the water quality) head to Island Ford. The approximately 300-acre North Fulton enclave, which serves as the recreation area's headquarters,more...
If you want a quiet hike or run in one of the Chattahoochee River's more scenic and less crowded areas (with plenty of nooks where you can take a dip, depending on the water quality) head to Island Ford. The approximately 300-acre North Fulton enclave, which serves as the recreation area's headquarters, boasts a trail through the forest and along the river with clear views of gently flowing water, shoals, kayaking, and geese galore. Unlike other sections of the river, Island Ford is relatively free from development. If you have any questions, stop by the well-maintained visitor station that was once the 1930s summer home - made with timber from the Okefenokee Swamp and Stone Mountain rock - of former Georgia Supreme Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. www.nps.gov/chat. less...

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
TIE: Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park

Local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Featured)

Best urban wilderness refuge BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve (Featured)
You don't need to go to the North Georgia mountains to get into the wild. Just take a trip down Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. Located deep in the heart of this affluent African-American community sits the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, a dense, 120-acre woodland with steep inclines, a babblingmore...
You don't need to go to the North Georgia mountains to get into the wild. Just take a trip down Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. Located deep in the heart of this affluent African-American community sits the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, a dense, 120-acre woodland with steep inclines, a babbling creek and waterfall, deer and more than 150 native plant species. Moss-covered pathways lead to an outdoor education center. Established in 1979 with city, state and federal funds, the former Creek Indian settlement includes an old spring house where tourists once bathed and the remains of a quarry that produced materials to build nearby homes. The preserve could use some TLC, i.e., trail markers, historical plaques and some replacement boards on a bridge near the waterfall. But you have to admire the rugged, semi-forgotten feel of the site, which was also once the scene of the Battle of Utoy Creek, in which Gen. Sherman's Union forces suffered heavy casualties. 2852 Cascade Road. 404-546-6744. atlantaga.gov. less...

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Featured)

Runner-up: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


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Rich Pick: Best place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Sweetwater Creek State Park (Featured)
The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek —more...
The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek — especially post-rainfall — makes for an excellent kayaking run. For a more peaceful Sweetwater experience, there's usually ducks to feed along the reservoir, not to mention multiple docks for fishing. And while not technically a part of nature, the New Manchester Manufacturing Co., a textile mill burned during the Civil War, connects the site to the area's conflicted history and provides an imposing spot to take photos, have a picnic, or use as a landmark during treks. 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871. www.gastateparks.org/info/sweetwater. less...
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