Best Small Towns in Atlanta GA
Great Small Towns in Atlanta Metro Area
Just 20 miles from downtown Atlanta is the affluent suburb of Roswell. The area is rich in civil war history including three historic homes; Smith Plantation, Barrington Hall and Bulloch Hall which was the home of President Roosevelt’s Mother. It encourages visitors to experience the historic sites such as Roswell Mill Village and Civil War sites by exploring with a walking tour. Besides historical sites, one of the greatest reasons that Roswell is a great community to live in is its parks. The Roswell parks department is award winning and acclaimed for its high amount of acreage per residents, far over the national average. Trails make the parks accessible for retirees that wish to enjoy the outdoors. Roswell is also the safest city in the state of Georgia and ranks as the 18th safest in the entire United States.
Though considered part of the Atlanta Metropolitan area, Decatur has a distinctly small town feel. It boasts a long list of historic structures, many open to view for the public and some still privately owned. Public transportation provides easy access to downtown Atlanta as well. Its town square is a lively place for residents to meet and has been developed to attract a variety of businesses and residents. It also has one of the highest education levels in the Atlanta area whose citizens remain involved in their community. It’s clear why this area is one of the best neighborhoods to live in.
In 2011, Marietta was named as a top ten city for fastest growing retiree population. It has grown in population to become one of the largest suburbs of Atlanta, GA. The community boasts an active town square and three locations for live theatre performances. It includes six historic districts which can be experienced through an online virtual tour on the city’s website. For retirees that enjoy the outdoors, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has 17 miles of trails through its nearly 3,000 acres. The park also has a preserved battleground from the Civil War. The best neighborhoods in Marietta can be explored by foot, trolley, or bike.
Only 40 miles North of Atlanta is the community of Cummings. It is close enough to be a commuter city while still offering a small town quality of life for retirees. The nice weather is best enjoyed at Cumming's #1 attraction, Lake Sidney Lanier. The lake is centrally located with plenty of boat ramps to dock and enjoy restaurants, lodging, and shopping in the community. Its rich arts community includes the historic Cumming Playhouse. Housed in the Cumming Public School Structure from 1923, it continues to entertain residents. Nearby, the fairgrounds host Cummings community events providing activities for retirees year round.
Travel an hour North of Atlanta and you will find the city of Dahlonega, connected directly to the city by Georgia state route 400. The North Georgia terrain provides excellent opportunities for retirees to enjoy the outdoors. The area at the Appalachian foothills provides fertile land for wineries as well. The downtown area is full of well-preserved historic architecture and arts activities. The local government is fully committed to supporting the needs for growth to accommodate new residents choosing Dahlonega as their retirement community while preserving the environment.
Also seated along Lake Lanier, the city of Gainesville is situated among the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. It is located just 50 miles Northeast of Atlanta, GA. The community has a small town feel and offers a variety of ways to explore its history. One of these is the Northeast Georgia History Center which offers interactive exhibits including a Cherokee Indian Chief’s cabin for visitors to explore. Providing transportation around Gainesville is the Red Rabbit. This extensive bus system has three routes and 130 stops. The climate is sub-tropical and is one of the warmest of the neighborhoods near Atlanta.
More Great Small Towns Near Atlanta
All of these are great small towns near Atlanta: In North Fulton there is Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek; in Cobb County there is Marietta, Acworth, Vinings, Smyrna, and Kennesaw;in Cherkee County there is Woodstock and Canton, in Gwinnett County there are some parts of Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Snellivlle, Sugar Hill and Buford; in Henry County there is Stockbridge, McDonough and Hampton, in DeKalb County there is Decatur and Dunwoody; in Rockdale County there is Conyers and Covington; in Paulding County there is Dallas, Douglasville and Hiram, then there is Carrolton, Powder Springs and Villa Rica.
55 Plus Communities Near Atlanta
Del Webb has three Active Adult Communities in Georgia, two of which are in the Atlanta metro area and one on Lake Oconee is only about one hour away. Two other great 55 plus communities near Atlanta are Cresswind at Lake Lanier in Gaineville and Soleil Laurel Canyon in Canton. So check out thse five 55 plus communities all located in great small towns close to Atlanta. Of course, there are many more that you can see by visiting 55 Community Guide by clicking the logo above.