- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
You’ve been there, you love it, but do you really know how to expertly navigate Piedmont Park?
With its more than 180 acres of open space, walking trails, tennis courts and playgrounds, Atlanta’s most central park is a lot to take in.
Though it’s now known as a frequented park in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont has lived many lives −first as farmland then fairgrounds and now the go-to Atlanta park for outdoor happenings in every season.
For the Piedmont Park map, hours and directions, click here.
So, with all the space, grandeur and things to do at Piedmont Park, it’s hard to narrow down the best way to spend your day at Piedmont.
You’re in luck. We’ve created a list of five best things to do while you're there:
• Take your dog along
You can legally let FiFi or Fido run free in a special off-leash area of Piedmont Dog Park. He or she will have almost three acres to play in, with separate enclosures for large and small dogs. Benches and boulders are available for owners who need a break.
The Green Market season starts in early March inside the 12th Street gate, offering fresh local food, handmade goodies, chef demonstrations, live music and more.
The market is held Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through mid-December, and you can sign up here to find out more about the weekly vendors, chefs and music.
• Attend a festival
Piedmont Park is the site of many annual Atlanta festivals, which become plentiful in warm months. Food, music, crafts and more fill the park during festivals, which include the following:
Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 13-15, 2018
Atlanta Jazz Festival, Memorial Day weekend (late May)
Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Aug. 18-19, 2018
Festival Peachtree Latino, August
Music Midtown, September
Atlanta Pride Festival, October
• Go for a run or walk
The park has plenty of places to run or walk, including the following popular trails:
- Active Oval: Circle the ballfields at a moderate grade, and you'll log a little over a half a mile.
- Lake Loop: Circle Lake Clara Meer at a constant grade for a .96-mile run or walk.
- Lake and Active Oval: This trail circles both the lake and ballfields at a moderate grade for a total of 1.15 miles.
- Park Loop: This circuit combines the Lake and Active Oval circuit with a loop around The Meadow. You'll log 1.68 miles on this trail, which has the greatest change in elevation.
• Enjoy a drink or a bite to eat
Grab a juice at Nectar by the park's pool, or try a special brew at Blue Donkey Coffee, located near the bocce courts. You can also head to Park Tavern at the park's southeast corner to enjoy sushi, a burger or drinks on the patio to get a great people-watching view of the park.
• How (and when) to get to Piedmont Park
The park, which runs along 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, is open every day from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
On MARTA: Use the Red or Gold rail line and get off at the Midtown station.
Walk east on 10th Street, and you'll reach the park in a few blocks.
By foot: Pedestrians and cyclists can access park entrances including Park Drive Bridge, 10th Street and Charles Allen, and Piedmont Avenue and 12th or 14th Street.
By car: Follow these directions and park in the SAGE Parking Facility, where parking is $2 an hour.