image showing a couple hiking as an example of Ways to Get Outside, Parks to Explore in Metro Atlanta

The dog days of summer will be here soon, so what better way to see Georgia’s breathtaking naturescapes than by exploring its many parks and scenic mountain trails? From green spaces and puppy playgrounds to mountain hikes and waterfalls, SR Homes communities are convenient, if not a short drive, to plenty of popular destinations, outdoor activities and parks to explore in metro Atlanta.

Forsyth County

Steadily ranked as one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, Forsyth County is recognized for its master-planned recreation systems, award-winning parks and nationally renowned school systems. Located just 40 miles north of the Georgia State Capitol, the City of Cumming offers both historical charm and a plethora of outdoor events and attractions for locals to enjoy.

Events at the Cumming Fairgrounds include the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival, The Taste, rodeos, antique car shows and the newly added Fridays at the Fairgrounds food truck events. Additional outdoor options are also coming soon to the under-construction Cumming City Center to feature retail and dining options, as well as an amphitheater, water fountain, a steam engine display as a nod to the city’s historic roots, pocket parks and an extensive trail and boardwalk system.

Forsyth County also maintains more than two dozen parks including Sawnee Mountain Preserve, which boasts more than 800 acres of scenic passive space with 11+ miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and the popular Indian Seats, a natural rock formation at the peak of the trail system. Other attractions include Fowler Park, access to the Big Creek Greenway, Central Park and Poole’s Mill Park. Additionally, the county borders the eminent Lake Sidney Lanier, a well-liked destination for fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing and camping.

Oconee County

Located just 70 miles east of Atlanta and known as the “Historic Heartland,” Oconee County is bursting with scenic flair canvased by historic antebellum homes, rolling farmland, antique shops, art galleries and biking trails. With its first-class amenities in healthcare and top-ranked public-school systems, it is no surprise homebuyers are migrating to this northeastern area of Georgia.

Residents appreciate a number of opportunities to get outside including the upcoming DON’T Touch a Truck in March, a socially distanced twist on the annual Touch a Truck event, and MLB Pitch, Hit & Run in April. Oconee County also features 600+ acres of park land with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, walking paths and more at Heritage Park, Herman C. Michael Park and Oconee Veterans Park, to name a few.

Take advantage of the warmer weather and the many outdoor events and parks to explore around SR Homes communities! For information regarding new SR homes throughout the metro Atlanta area, visit

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