The area known as South Atlanta is actually made up of six different neighborhoods. The first four are Benteen, Boulevard Heights, McDonough-Guice, and Ormewood Park, which is divided into North Ormewood Park and Woodland Hills. Both the Grant Park and the Edgewood communities are also often included as part of South Atlanta. The area’s borders are Interstate 20 on the north, Moreland Avenue on the east, McDonough Road on the south, and the Georgia Southern Railroad line on the west.
Three major parks serve the South Atlanta area: Grant Park, Inman Park, and Piedmont Park. In addition to walking and nature trails and open green space, Grant Park offers easy access to both the zoo and the Atlanta Cyclorama, where visitors see a depiction of the Battle of Atlanta from the Civil War.
The Inman Park neighborhood has a swimming pool and is home to Freedom Park, a 210-acre park that offers residents more than six miles of paths for walking, hiking, or riding bicycles. The open areas are also perfect for picnics and other family outings. Piedmont Park, one of the city’s largest public parks, offers walking and bike trails and an off-leash area for dogs.
Several cultural attractions are located in, or reasonably close to, South Atlanta. Not far from the neighborhood is Centennial Olympic Park, the site of the 1996 Olympic Games. The Carter Center and the King Center are located in this area, as is the Atlanta Preservation Center.
South Atlanta is also known for some of the best educational facilities in the city. The area is home to Morehouse and Morris Brown Colleges, as well as Emory University’s School of Public Health and the Atlanta University Center.
Many notable sports and convention sites, including Turner Field and The Georgia World Congress Center are in this area, making it a popular place for tourists.