Atlanta offers a host of outdoor activities. Hikers can make a short 30 minute drive to Kennesaw Mountain or Sweetwater Creek State Park. A two hour drive takes one to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. If you prefer running or cycling, PATH trails in Atlanta and the surrounding area let you enjoy yourself without the worry of traffic. If you like spending time in the water, the Chattahoochee River and Lakes Lanier and Allatoona offer a multitude of recreational activities. A trip to the beach is a viable weekend activity. It takes only about 4.5 hours to drive to the Atlantic coast and 6 hours to the Gulf coast.
Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech (ORGT) provides more information about outdoor activities around Atlanta and offers numerous programs and trips for outdoor enthusiasts.