The benefits of living in Atlanta are plentiful, but one additional – and often overlooked – benefit of life in this bustling urban city is its beautiful neighborhoods that lend themselves to an active lifestyle. Whether you’re considering a move to the fabulous city of Atlanta or you’re a lifelong resident wanting to learn more about the neighborhoods most amenable to walking, this list is for you.
We’ve identified the ten most-walkable Atlanta neighborhoods with a population of 3,000 or more, below. Don’t see your neighborhood on this list? Check out the top 50 most walkable Atlanta neighborhoods, as ranked by Walk Score, to find out if your ‘hood makes the cut.
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre
- Must-Try Restaurant: South City Kitchen Midtown
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The breathtaking Atlanta Botanical Garden
- Population: 16,790
- Walk Score: 84
With a population of nearly 17,000, you’ll never be without a walking buddy to accompany you on your favorite stroll in Midtown. And, as it is the “Midtown,” there’s never a shortage of fun things to do in this hopping neighborhood – many of which are within walking distance from your pad.
Midtown Atlanta also boasts a Transit Score of 63 and a Bike Score of 76, according to Walkscore.com. Being that it’s the central part of the city with ample apartment complexes, workplaces, shops, restaurants, and the like, it’s no surprise that Midtown residents can easily access most of the places they want to go on foot.
2. Inman Park
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The historic Inman Park Walking Food Tour
- Must-Try Restaurant: Rathbun’s
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The annual Inman Park Festival
- Population: 3,983
- Walk Score: 83
With just under 4,000 residents, Inman Park is the ideal neighborhood for those who want easy access to big-city amenities with a small-town feel. In fact, most of your day-to-day errands can be accomplished entirely on foot in the Inman Park neighborhood.
The annual Inman Park Festival offers something for all tastes and ages. Featuring a parade, tour of homes, artist’s market, live music and plenty of activities to keep children entertained, it’s no surprise that the Inman Park Festival is known as one of the Atlanta region’s most notable and colorful celebrations. A Transit Score of 58 and a Bike Score of 81, according to Walkscore.com, round out Inman Park’s appeal to Atlanta residents who want to maintain an active lifestyle.
3. Old Fourth Ward
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Ponce City Market
- Must-Try Restaurant: Two Urban Licks
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
- Population: 10,496
- Walk Score: 80
History is rich in Old Fourth Ward Atlanta, and there are no shortage of places to go, things to see, and activities to occupy your time. The Ponce City Market, lined with ample retail shops and restaurants, is modeled after New York City’s Chelsea Market. According to National Geographic, “this mixed-use development is poised to become the city’s next hot spot for eating, shopping, working, and living.”
Old Fourth Ward Atlanta also has a Transit Score of 52 and a Bike Score of 79, according to Walkscore.com. Most of your daily errands can be easily accomplished on foot in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. Want a taste of the rich history of the Old Fourth Ward and a glimpse into the past? Take a tour of the nearby Sweet Auburn Historic District.
4. Centennial Hill
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Georgia Aquarium
- Must-Try Restaurant: Fandangles
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: Centennial Olympic Park
- Population: 5,524
- Walk Score: 78
With a population of 5,524, this lively-yet-quaint neighborhood lands fourth on our list of the most walkable Atlanta neighborhoods with a population of 3,000 or more. Home to major attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, visitors and residents alike find plenty of enjoyable activities in Centennial Hill.
A Transit Score of 68 and a Bike Score of 76 make Centennial Hill an easily navigable neighborhood, no matter what your preferred method of transportation. It’s easy to accomplish most of your day-to-day tasks and get to most of the places you need to go entirely on foot in Centennial Hill.
5. Home Park
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: FabreFaction Theatre Conservatory
- Must-Try Restaurant: Better Half
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: Plenty to do at Atlantic Station
- Population: 4,894
- Walk Score: 77
Known as “The Heart of West Midtown,” Home Park offers easy accessibility to downtown Atlanta and all the big-city amenities, while providing a quiet, small-town feel for those who reside in the Home Park neighborhood.
A Transit Score of 49 and a Bike Score of 85 make Home Park an excellent choice for Atlanta residents who prefer to travel by foot or by bike. Home Park residents can easily accomplish most of their daily errands on foot.
6. Virginia Highland
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: A stroll around the neighborhood to see fantastic renovated homes from the 1920s and 1930s
- Must-Try Restaurant: Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The annual Summerfest or the Tour of Homes
- Population: 8,890
- Walk Score: 74
Virginia Highland boasts a Walk Score of 74, making it the sixth most walkable Atlanta neighborhood with at least 3,000 residents. A simple stroll through this historic neighborhood allows visitors and residents alike to take in the beauty of historic homes that have been painstakingly renovated and restored. A treat from the Atlanta Cupcake Factory is the perfect end to a lovely day in Virginia Highland.
With a Transit Score of 42 and a Bike Score of 66, there are ample options for getting around Virginia Highland, but it’s a neighborhood that clearly caters to those who love to travel by foot.
7. Atlanta University Center
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Robert W. Woodruff Library
- Must-Try Restaurant: The Busy Bee Cafe
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: Tour the Atlanta University Center District, a group of the country’s major institutions of higher learning for African Americans
- Population: 5,910
- Walk Score: 72
Historic landmarks abound in Atlanta University Center. With plenty of places to go, things to see and do, and great eats within walking distance, Atlanta University Center is an easy neighborhood for those who enjoy walking about. This neighborhood lands as our seventh most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta with a population of at least 3,000.
A Transit Score of 59 and a Bike Score of 69 make Atlanta University Center a well-rounded neighborhood with ample transportation options, whatever your preferred mode of travel. From a stroll through the Atlanta University Center District to view some of the country’s major historic institutions of higher learning for African Americans, to enjoying some delectable soul-food cooking from one of several restaurants that have become entrenched in the neighborhood’s tradition, Atlanta University Center has much to offer.
8. Georgia Tech
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
- Must-Try Restaurant: The Bistro
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: Take a tour of the sprawling Georgia Tech campus
- Population: 6,529
- Walk Score: 70
Georgia Tech is the eighth most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta among those with a population of 3,000 or more. Situated in Fulton County, Georgia, the Georgia Tech neighborhood’s main attraction is, of course, the Georgia Tech institution of higher education.
With a Transit Score of 54 and a Bike Score of 70, the Georgia Tech neighborhood is an excellent choice for those who enjoy walking or biking, while also providing good public transportation options for those who need an alternate mode of travel.
9. West End
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Wren’s Nest (the Joel Chandler Harris Home)
- Must-Try Restaurant: Everything Cafe
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The West End Arts Center or Pittman Park
- Population: 4,291
- Walk Score: 70
West End is on the National Register of Historic Places and is known as the West End Historic District, exemplifying “the pattern of growth and development that characterized metropolitan Atlanta during the 19th and early 20th centuries.”
A Transit Score of 54 and a Bike Score of 76 make the West End neighborhood an overall navigable area with easy access to all the amenities downtown Atlanta has to offer. You can easily run errands, take part in recreational activities, and enjoy beautiful scenery entirely on foot in West End Atlanta.
10. Candler Park
- Must-See (or Do) Attraction: The Candler Building, one of Atlanta’s most luxurious high-rise buildings of the early 20th century
- Must-Try Restaurant: La Fonda Latina
- Must-Visit Park, Outdoor Recreational Area or Event: The annual Candler Park Music and Food Festival or the Fall Fest
- Population: 3,229
- Walk Score: 70
Rounding out the top ten most walkable neighborhoods in Atlanta with a population of 3,000 or more is none other than the quaint, cozy neighborhood of Candler Park. A community since 1874, Candler Park has plenty to offer history buffs and modern city-dwellers alike. A National Register of Historic Places neighborhood, Candler Park was among Atlanta’s first suburbs, first founded as Edgewood in 1890.
With a Transit Score of 59 and a Bike Score of 69, there are plenty of options for transportation in Candler Park if you feel like taking a pleasant, scenic bike ride through the neighborhood or you need to opt for public transportation from time to time. The best bet for getting around in Candler Park, however, is by foot. In fact, you can easily accomplish most your daily errands on foot in Candler Park.
If you’re moving to Atlanta and would like some advice on which neighborhood to choose, one of these Atlanta real estate agents would be happy to help.