In just under two hours, Chattanoogans can jaunt down to Woodstock, Ga., for a weekend of shopping, cycling and boating. Nestled just east of Georgia's Allatoona Lake, Woodstock boasts Southern charm and a healthy love for the outdoors.
The city is home to thousands of acres of public parks and biking trails and walking paths. And it offers zounds of activities during the summer months from public concerts to a bustling farmers market.
An Afternoon in the Park> The Park at City Center is located in downtown Woodstock. It has beautiful landscaping, a gazebo, the Woodstock War Memorial and a park fountain. It hosts a summer concert series and a Christmas Jubilee.> Dupree Park has a large playground, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a fishing pond, two park pavilions and a 1/4-mile walking trail. It is located on Neese Road.> Dobbs Road Park is on Dobbs Road off Main Street. This park has a 1/4-mile walking track and a community garden.Source: woodstockga.gov
Attractions in Woodstock> The historic Dixie Speedway is Georgia’s premier 3/8-mile clay oval track and hosts stock car racing every Saturday night May through October. Special events like monster truck rallies, demolition derbies and bicycle races for kids are also held at the Speedway throughout the year.> Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is Woodstock’s art center that offers performances, instruction and exhibits year round.> In addition to art galleries and other cultural sites, historic Downtown Woodstock hosts more than 25 unique locally owned shops and 15 locally owned restaurants.Sources: whatsupwoodstock.com
Biking through Woodstock> SORBA Woodstock, a nonprofit chapter of IMBA/SORBA, is a private organization that helps provide information on bicycle trails and conditions. The group also hosts several different events throughout the year. > The Blankets Creek trail system consists of seven trails that vary in level of difficulty from beginner to expert. The trails are about 2 miles from I-575 off of exit 11.> The Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails are at Olde Rope Mill Park, and the trail system is built in a stacked-loop layout consisting of two trails with six loops. All of the trails are directional, and riders will either go counter-clockwise or clockwise on the trails based on the day of the week. The trails are not far off of exit 9 on I-575.Source: sorbawoodstock.org
Woodstock History> Woodstock was founded more than 100 years ago and is one of the county’s oldest towns.> The railroad came to the city in November 1879, and at that time the population of the city was around 300 people.> By 1890, Woodstock was shipping 2,000 bales of cotton annually.> It is rumored that the city received its name from the title of a novel by Sir Walter Scott.Source: woodstockga.gov
Woodstock Trivia> The city brags that it has been a card-carrying Tree City USA member since 2001. The city celebrates Arbor Day every February by giving away tree seedlings and educating the public on tree planting.> Woodstock has been involved in mineral development, as the old Kellogg Gold Mine is within a few miles of the city. Mica and kaolin have been found in the area.Source: woodstockga.gov