Updated for 2020!
Which National Parks are close to Atlanta?
In this post you’ll find a complete list of National Parks in Georgia, as well as Georgia’s National Heritage Areas, with a spotlight on those within an easy drive from Atlanta.
Some national parks are ALWAYS FREE, while others charge an average of $5 for entrance/parking.
Note: Every year there are 5 National Parks free entrance days, when the fees are waived everywhere.
Most of the 11 National Parks in Georgia are near the North Georgia Mountains and Coastal Georgia, but there are 4 national parks near Atlanta.
The closest National Parks to Atlanta are the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. See the info below.
And of course, we have the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site right here in downtown Atlanta. Did you know the MLK historic site is ALWAYS FREE?
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is also a popular recreation and hiking spot close to Atlanta.
Arabia Mountain is just 30 miles from Perimeter Mall, 29 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, and 25 miles from Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
Free admission days at National Parks
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2020, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
This includes all the National Parks near Atlanta and in Georgia.
Mark your calendar for these free-entrance days in 2020:
- January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 18: First day of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 26: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Note that only the entrance fee is waived.
Depending on what you plan to do at the park, you’ll still need to pay for things like campsites, boat launches, walking tours, etc.
Complete list of the National Parks in Georgia
There are 11 National Parks in Georgia, plus three National Heritage Areas.
The National Parks in bold text are those that are closest to the Atlanta metro area. The links will click through to the corresponding National Park Service web page.
- Andersonville National Historic Site
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs (Daily park pass is $5)
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
- Cumberland Island National Seashore
- Fort Frederica National Monument
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Daily park pass is $5)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site — ALWAYS FREE!
- Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
National Heritage Areas include:
- Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area — ALWAYS FREE
- Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
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