Looking for the best family parks near Cobb and Paulding? Here are a few unique options we love. Some have well-equipped playgrounds while others trade the typical tire swing for a waterfall and creek trails. Grab your crew and soak up some local vitamin D with a heavy dose of natural beauty while you #explorewhereyoulive.
High Shoals Falls | Dallas
When I recently posted pics of my kids playing in a waterfall in Dallas, my social media blew up asking where this hidden gem is located. Not to be confused with High Shoals Falls near Helen, Ga., this High Shoals Falls is a secret treasure right here in Paulding County. After a short wooded walk from a small parking area (next to an old cemetery – yes, that’s the right spot), you’ll come to a picturesque waterfall and rock-studded creek.
With plenty of dappled sunlight filtering through the trees, it’s the perfect place to get away from the suburban hustle for a picnic. There are several picnic tables — or just grab a spot on the rocks and dangle your feet in the water while you eat.
Easily accessible, fairly short wooded trails lead up to the top of the waterfall that all of my kids, ages 5 to 11, enjoyed exploring. A small rock outcropping forming a shallow “cave” was another hit with the kids. A creek, waterfall and cave all together? Kid Heaven. Just remember to pack a towel and water shoes because hopping rocks and splashing through the pond is irresistible.
Location: 2184 High Shoals Rd, Dallas, GA 30132
Cauble Park | Acworth
Acworth Beach: Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But there really is a sandy beach right in Acworth! Located alongside manmade Lake Acworth and adjacent to Lake Allatoona, this inviting stretch of shoreline is a stone’s throw from downtown historic Acworth. (Check out Miss L’s Sandwich Shop for a charming pre-park lunch or Gabriel’s Restaurant and Bakery, located in a renovated flour mill, for dinner).
Even better, the beach is connected to Cauble Park, which boasts a pavilion-style picnic area, sweet playground, large picturesque gazebo (available for event rental), and expansive green space with an unobstructed lakeside vista. Pack a picnic blanket, soccer ball and shovels (to dig in the sand), and you’ve got the perfect family outing.
Pine Mountain | Cartersville
Chattahoochee Nature Center | East Cobb
Okay, so this one isn’t really a “park,” and it’s also the only location on our list that has a fee to enter ($10 for adults, $6/children) — but it’s such a community jewel, it has to make the cut. The Chattahoochee Nature Center, located in Roswell, has been around since the 1970s, but it’s received quite a facelift and expansion over the years, now serving as an epicenter of wildlife education, animal rehabilitation, hiking trails, community programs and more.
When we recently visited, my kids enjoyed climbing the big faux tree in the Exhibit Hall, exploring the River Boardwalk and woodland trails, chatting up the friendly resident beaver (whom they named Bob), scoping out the majestic American eagles, and learning about turtles during a scheduled wildlife talk. Experts are at the ready to answer any nature questions guests can dish out, and, of course, there’s also an appealing little gift shop to take a bit of the fun home with you.
9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
North Cooper Lake Park | Smyrna
Located at 4201 N. Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna Georgia 30082, the new passive park features walking and bike trails, an open meadow and the first official City of Smyrna Community Garden.
The park is a 52-acre wooded site,
ADDRESS:4201 Cooper Lake Rd
Smyrna, GA 30082
Mountain Bike Trail