Visit this small, but lovely park along the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Morgan Falls Overlook Park is a 28 acre park just south of the river with a great view. Down the street to the south you will find a dog park, and view of the dam. Popular activities at this dog friendly park include fishing, kayaking and using the playground. Uh, the playground looks incredibly fun, but kids only please.
How to Get to Morgan Falls Overlook Park
Morgan Falls Overlook Park is open from 8am – 9pm everyday. The busiest time of day is normally in the evening. The park is excellent for family gatherings, short hikes, picnicking, fishing, playing in the water, or sitting by the fire.
The only road which leads to Morgan Falls Overlook Park is Morgan Falls Road. This road connects to Roswell Road, just west of I-19. There are some larger loop trails north of the Chattahoochee River, which is a separate area in Marietta. If you take Morgan Falls Road until it ends, you will reach the dam, and the dog park.
Dog Friendly and Family Friendly Things to Do
There are more things to do at Morgan Falls Overlook Park than you can count on both hands. The most popular activities probably revolve around the water. Head down to the dock and you can paddle, canoe, or fish. You may catch bass, catfish, or trout in the Chattahoochee River. In fact, this is about as far south as you will catch trout in the country.
Anyone can hike the short, mile long trail which is well-shaded. Younger kids will love the playground, and parents will enjoy the bench swings near the fire pit. Covered picnic tables are also available for meals or snacks. The pavilion is available on a first-to-arrive basis, and there appeared to be an area for playing horseshoes nearby. It may be possible to reserve the pavilion at Morgan Falls by calling (770) 730-5600.
Parking at Morgan Falls Overlook Park
We visited this dog friendly park in the middle of the day in order to hike the trail, and check out the river view. The parking lot was fairly empty. Public restrooms are on the north side, and High Country Outfitters Paddle Shack is on the east side.
The playground is right next to the public restrooms, along with a sidewalk leading to the overlook. A map of the 28 acre area is viewable upon entering the park. The map shows the trail and other things to do at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.
Morgan Falls is Family Friendly
The park is clearly a great place to hangout with your family or friends. The playground was the only active spot during midday when we visited. It contains swings, slides, climbing rocks, and a giant spider web.
If we’re being honest, I wanted to try that giant spider web, but a couple of kids were using it. The playground is covered with turf, and there are canopies above which provide some shade. It looks like loads of fun. If I were a kid again, I would play for hours.
Beyond the playground there is a large pavilion containing many tables for picnicking. Across from the pavilion are several swinging benches which overlook the Chattahoochee River. Follow the sidewalk to its end and you will find a giant fire pit surrounded by more swinging benches.
What a fantastic place to hangout at sundown with a fire overlooking the river! We could not stay until sundown, but I did imagine it. Next to the fire pit is a stairway leading down to the boat dock. We did not see anyone fishing or paddling mid-afternoon, but I’m sure it’s popular during warm weather.
The One and Only Hiking Trail
If you enjoy walking through the woods, there is a short trail behind the overlook. One side can be accessed next to the pavilion, and the other is where you enter the parking lot from Morgan Falls Road. The hiking trail is not exactly a loop, but if you include the parking lot and sidewalk, you can make it a loop. The trail winds through the well-shaded woods, and contains only a couple views.
We entered the woods from the north side and exited through the parking lot, but you could do it backwards to be different. The trail is very short, probably only about half a mile long. You will not see much of the river, but there is a slight view through the trees.
We were very well-shaded along the walk, and spotted a couple of interesting things. We saw a large, red mushroom which reminded us of, Alice in Wonderland. There were also some trees carved up in an artistic manner. The hike is easy enough for any beginner, and there may be mosquitoes present.
Bring All Your Paws to Morgan Falls in Sandy Springs, GA
Morgan Falls Overlook Park is a fantastic place to bring your dog, family, friends, or just yourself. It is filled with amenities even though it is not a large park. The hiking is quick and easy. The playground looks extremely fun and the view is wonderful. If you have more time to spend at Morgan Falls Overlook Park you could fish, canoe, or play in the water.
There is a dog park right down the street where your pup can get some extra exercise. However, there is no fountain so bring water with you. We happened to see a group of people painting next to the river while we visited the dog park. That looked like fun! The dog park did not look as fun. It has a couple of tires and benches, but it’s better than nothing.
Overall, I’d say Morgan Falls Overlook Park is a must-see. It’s clean, it’s fun, it’s near the water, and there are many things to do. In fact, I’ve never seen a park quite like this. It looks like a great place to hangout after dark, next to a bonfire. If you live near Sandy Springs, or are visiting and looking for something to do, you should take a journey to Morgan Falls.
Things to Do Near Morgan Falls Overlook Park
Looking for things to do near Morgan Falls Overlook Park? Checkout Gold Branch Trail just north of the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is just north of that, and Chattahoochee River National Area is further upstream. In total, there are 75 miles of trails for you to hike, or bike, along the river.
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