Park with river, trails, biking, swings
Great for stroller walking, biking
I frequent this park with my almost 5 yr old son and baby.
Usually you will find us picnicking on the grass by the stream which runs off the main river. There are great picnic tables nearby, but we like a little shade near the water. My son will literally play for hours in the stream hunting bugs and throwing rocks and splashing about. Wear water shoes to enjoy the stream more, but don't forget a butterfly net and bucket and shovel.
We ride bikes on the paved trail - there is a relatively short loop for newbie preschool bikers, and a longer in and out for more experienced kids. The paved area is mostly sun. This follows the mountain biking trails up on the mountain; the kids like seeing them weave in and out of the trees. You are close enough to get a good look, but at a safe distance.
A second trail runs parallel, but on the other side of the water. There is a new, large, awesome bridge to get you there. This is a fun bridge to use as a background for photos of the kids! Bring the camera!
Go over the awesome bridge and take a right for a narrow walking trail. There are a few drop-offs, so keep a close eye on toddlers. Older kids might enjoy climbing down into the Mill ruins and water surrounding it. With a young one, walk until the trail takes a left turn away from the water - then head back the way you came. Preschoolers and older will enjoy the opportunity to keep walking the path through the woods and over an active (but infrequent) train track trellis. It will loop back to the large bridge.
The third trail is to the left *before* crossing the large bridge. Take this gravel path (looks more like a gravel road) about a mile up - it dead ends into a neighborhood - and back down. Also from this path you can access additional mountain bike trails that seem to attract more family biker packs than the trails by the parking lot (which appear to be more for the die-hard bikers -- you are only minutes from the state's best biking park - Blanket's Creek - so you tend to see a few bikers in this park warming up or cooling down)
Here's a fun hint for the summer, if you are brave enough!! On the parking lot side of the large bridge, to the right is a viewing platform. In the summer, when the river gets low, walk down the side of the platform. It is muddy and gooey and PERFECT for fun play.
This gem of a park is right outside our neighborhood in Woodstock. In fact, there is a trail that connects our neighborhood to the park! We love coming here with our kids, even loved coming when they were infants in strollers, as there is a long, flat, cemented trail that goes along the river. Now that they are older (2 & 4), we can bring their bikes here and let them practice riding. For those who like more adventuresome stuff, there is a river we see canoes and kayaks on all the time that empties into Lake Allatoona. People also fish on the river. There are also harder bike trails that we have never been on. We love that along the river, there are bench swings that we call our "family swing," where we can all just sit and swing and watch the river. There is a pavilion for parties (no tables under it though). Also some cool remains of the Mill that used to be an active mill. Biggest "con" is the bathroom facilities (or lack thereof). I think it's just an outhouse.