As Halloween approaches, we look forward to the holiday season and all the joy (and food) that comes with it. Getting into a healthy routine can help keep you balanced through the bustling time between October and January, and it doesn’t have to be difficult! In fact, it can be as simple as finding creative ways to take 10,000 steps.
While that number may seem daunting, it’s easier to attain than you may think—especially when it involves exploring the gorgeous backdrops provided by Alpharetta in the Fall. Take advantage of ideal temperatures before the winter winds start to blow and get outdoors to revel in the beauty of Autumn while hitting your steps goals! Alpharetta is proud to offer a variety of different ways to put that Fitbit or Apple Watch to use by hitting 10,000 steps each day without even realizing you’re doing it! Check out these wonderfully walkable trails, sightseeing treks, and awesome activities to make every step count!
The Big Creek Greenway features 9 miles of scenic trailway, with a nearly half-mile wood chip path and a combination mountain bike and hiking trail. All this strollable space meanders through a flood plain formed by Big Creek, meaning you’ve got a fairly level trek ahead of you (so it’s definitely doable for walkers of all fitness levels!). Most of the Greenway is paved, with the exception of the hiking trail, the mountain biking/hiking trail, and the “boardwalk”, a section between the original Northpoint entrance and the original end of the trail just north of Mansell Road. Deer, wild turkey, and songbirds still call Big Creek Greenway home, but they’re happy to share their gorgeous space with visitors.
Insider Tip: Explore and enjoy the new, 2+ mile Greenway expansion that runs from the Marconi Drive trailhead to Union Hill Park and McGinnis Ferry Road.
The Alpha Loop Connector is a unique trail project connecting people, places, and fun activities in the core of Alpharetta. The loop currently offers a one mile trail connecting Downtown Alpharetta and Avalon. Shopping at Avalon and then dinner in Downtown Alpharetta? The Alpha Loop will get you there through a beautifully landscaped paved pathway with health benefits to boot!
Make the most of this super walkable area by starting at the Avalon Boulevard – best known for shopping and dining, but also functioning as the perfect stretch to hit your stride! Whether you find yourself popping in and out of boutiques along the way or you’re more a walking window shopper, this carefully maintained portion of Alpharetta offers a developed, bustling backdrop for you to get your strut on.
Then, hop on the Alpha Loop Connection and navigate your way to Downtown Alpharetta where you can enjoy holiday festivities, décor, local art, and more in an extremely walkable setting. Make a pit stop for a smoothie or window shop while getting in those steps!
Avalon Boulevard might be best known for shopping and dining, but it also poses as the perfect stretch to hit your stride! Whether you find yourself popping in and out of boutiques along the way or you’re more a walking window shopper, this carefully maintained portion of Alpharetta offers a developed, bustling backdrop for you to get your strut on.
The parks and rec game is strong in our corner of the world! You’ve got your choice of Brooke Street Park, five-acre passive park in Downtown Alpharetta located just behind City Hall and boasting a gorgeous landscaped stream, arboretum, winding concrete path, spacious open lawn, flowering trees, and even a Veterans War Memorial.
For those with kiddos, Cogburn Road Park amenities include a .2-mile concrete walking path, restrooms, and a play area. Meanwhile, The Alpharetta Arboretum at Cogburn Park is a living museum featuring several trees and a rain barrel demonstration area. The collected rainwater is used to water trees and other plants at the park for serious “circle of life” vibes that we love. The park also offers a large, open play area and a 0.2-mile walking path.
Check out North Park when you’re in search of multiple ways to expend energy! Amenities include lighted tennis courts, a football field with synthetic turf, a multi-purpose field, eight lighted softball fields, two picnic pavilions, two playgrounds, an Adult Activity Center and a walking trail.
Over at Webb Bridge Park, the facilities include two grass soccer fields, a multi-purpose synthetic turf field, four baseball fields, four tennis courts, a walking trail, an arboretum, three picnic pavilions and the Webb Zone Playground featuring a seasonal running water stream and sundial. While you explore the area in the name of reaching your step goal, your little ones can run, jump, and climb their hearts out in the name of fun.
Need one more park option for getting out and getting active? Wills Park has you covered, with its whopping eight baseball fields, two tee ball fields, four picnic pavilions, Wacky World Playground, Waggy World paw park, two smaller playgrounds, a disc golf course, tennis courts, a nearly 2-mile walking trail, and the Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park. Whew, that’s a lot to explore!
Ok, ok – sometimes the weather isn’t perfect, and you need somewhere to get your steps in without being exposed to the elements. Thanks to North Point Mall, you can take your steps inside. When this local shopping gem opened in 1993, it was one of the largest malls in the country. Clocking in at 1,327,313 square feet, you’ll have ample space to amble, and you might even discover some epic shopping while you’re there!
Make time for multiple days of exploring in Alpharetta when you book a stay at any of our 30 modern, upscale hotels. You’ll want a place to kick back and relax after reaching your step goals! Share pics of all the Fall foliage with us by tagging us @AwesomeAlpharetta and using our hashtag, #AwesomeAlpharetta!
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