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Best Spot to Commune with Nature

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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 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 Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Constitution Lakes

Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Arabia Mountain

Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

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

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best spot to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Constitution Lakes Nature Preserve

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
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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

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers

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
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...

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers

Runner-up
Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best Local Place to Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best Local Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best Place to Commune with Nature Without Leaving the City BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along themore...
Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along the banks of Georgia’s aquatic aorta from Buford Dam to Atlanta, with ITP sections near Sandy Springs and Vinings. Year-round hiking, fishing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking are all copacetic during daylight hours, and alcohol without glass is, too. It would be wise to enjoy the river sooner rather than later, as our mushrooming metropolis is chugging it down and polluting it up faster than the Appalachian springs in northeast Georgia can trickle it out. less...

Best Local Place To Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers

Best Place to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
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Best Place to Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Ignatius House
Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandymore...

Standing on the grounds of IGNATIUS HOUSE, one can’t help but evoke the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” With 20 acres to explore, including a natural waterfall and an outdoor chapel, it’s hard not to quiet yourself at the Sandy Springs prayer and meditation center run by Jesuit priests. If you’re really stressed out, try partaking in a silent weekend retreat. No talking is allowed for two days, so bring all those unresolved issues.
6700 Riverside Drive. 404-255-0503. www.ignatiushouse.org.

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