Carroll County places a priority on outdoor recreation and has an unusually large number of parks, green space, trail systems and mixed-use venues for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
The Carrollton GreenBelt, a 18-mile trail system designed for pedestrians and non-motorized uses, is a point of pride for Carroll County. Once completed in 2016, it will be the largest paved loop trail system in the state of Georgia and will connect existing neighborhoods with the city school campus, the University of West Georgia, city parks, and several commercial shopping areas.
Carroll County boasts one of the leading recreation and parks systems in the state. State, regional and invitational tournaments are hosted by city and county recreation departments, schools, churches and civic groups. Parks like Little Tallapoosa Park, McIntosh Reserve and Tanner Park entice thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to our county every year. Each of the parks annually hosts events ranging from snake shows to Christmas extravaganzas. Historic Banning Mills, featuring the Guinness-certified tallest climbing wall and longest zipline canopy tour in the world, draws people from around the globe.
McIntosh Reserve Park preserves and celebrates the area’s rich Native American history while offering thousands of annual visitors some of the most beautiful natural sights in the South. This passive 527-acre recreation area adjacent to the Chattahoochee River includes the site of Chief McIntosh’s plantation, Acorn Bluff, part of Georgia’s Native American history trail. The park combines recreation activities, preservation of cultural heritage, public education, fish and wildlife management and conservation of the Chattahoochee River Corridor. Visitors to McIntosh Reserve enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking and primitive camping and the annual fall McIntosh Festival highlighting native craftsmanship and entertainment.
John Tanner Park’s 138 acres features a beach, campsites, lodging, putt-putt golf, paddle boats, and annual events such as the Tri the Parks Triathlon and Junior Sportsman Bonanza, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors annually.
More than 250 acres make up the Little Tallapoosa Park with seven miles of nature trails, RV sites with full hookups, tent camping, pond fishing, and a seven-acre open meadow for festivals and outdoor events. The County’s greenspace inventory continues to grow with the passive trail system on Oak Mountain, Snake Creek Preserve, Moore’s Bridge Park on the Chattahoochee River, and Blackjack Mountain Park, one of the highest elevations in southwest Carroll County.
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the nearby fields, streams and rivers in search of wild game, largemouth bass, crappie or bream. Several hunting preserves provide services in the surrounding area. Boating, kayaking, fishing and picnicking are readily accessible at Carrollton’s 175-acre Lake Carroll, Bowdon’s Lake Tisinger, south Carroll’s Lake Seaton or Lake Buckhorn, a 350-acre watershed in northeast Carroll County.