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Outdoor Guide to Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta

December 19, 2020 Michael Diego

Getting outside in Atlanta is a must! Having lived in or around Atlanta for over half a decade, I’m definitely an expert at all things to do in Atlanta.

Atlanta is not just a great destination for parks, restaurants, and bars. When I lived in Old Fourth Ward in 2017, the neighborhood was becoming one of the most dynamic and sought-after areas with multiple mixed-use developments and new projects underway.

My name is Michael Diego, Founder, and CEO of Wise Assistant. I moved to Atlanta after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2016 but have been spending time in Atlanta because my parents were always going there for work or time with friends.

If you’re planning a trip to Atlanta, you need to visit Old Fourth Ward and see some of the things to do nearby. Here is my hand-crafted list of places that you won’t want to miss!

Old Fourth Ward

Old Fourth Ward is a trendy neighborhood hub that connects many of the neighborhoods, green-spaces, restaurants, and bars. It’s a popular spot attracting foodies, shoppers, and friends looking for a fun day. This is a great place to start your day and everything you want to explore is nearby, including the Atlanta BeltLine, Ponce City Market, and more!

When I lived in Old Fourth Ward, I lived in the trendy Ford Factory Lofts, which is the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant that had been re-purposed as a mixed-use development. At the time, there were many new developments underways, so I got my spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment at a great price, with its beautiful tall ceilings and views of Ponce City Market.

Read more about the Old Fourth Ward Neighborhood

North Highland Ave

Highland Ave begins in Central Park Place in Old Fourth Ward and proceeds eastward across Freedom Parkway. It connects five Intown neighborhoods, including Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Virginia-Highland, and Morningside Lenox Park.

There are plenty of great restaurants and bars on North Highland Ave, which makes this a great place to start for brunch with friends in Atlanta. We highly recommend you check out The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at PARISH or the Highland Bakery.

There are also plenty of famous bars and destinations for a nice cocktail. In the evening, after a long day exploring Atlanta, I recommend you check out the Dark Horse Tavern or the Neighbor’s Pub.

Beltline EastSide Trail

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The Atlanta Beltline is a former railway corridor around the center of Atlanta, which has undergone development into stages as a multi-use trail. There are some areas of the Beltline that have been converted entirely while others are still underway. The Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline was the first finished section of the Atlanta Beltline and it was right outside my window when I lived in Old Fourth Ward.

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail connects some of the best neighborhoods and attractions in Atlanta, including connecting Piedmont Park in midtown with Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.

Ponce City Market

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Adress: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Ponce City Market is a mixed-use development located in the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Old Fourth Ward. The building, which boasts both a shopping center and food court, is one of the trendiest in Atlanta and the area’s largest adaptive reuse project.

Ponce City Market features national and local retail options, restaurants, bars, a grand food hall, plus boutique offices and residential housing units - all in one massive historic building!

I can’t recommend Ponce City Market enough for those new to the city or anyone that has yet to experience this marvel. Ponce City Market has local and major retailers, including Anthropologie, Citizen Supply, J. Crew, Williams Sonoma, and West Elm.

I recommend stopping by Ponce City Market on your walk down the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. You can grab a beer in the food court with your friends and carry it down the Beltline to the many parks and trendy neighbors that are just walking distance away.

Historic Fourth Ward Park

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Address: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Historic Fourth Ward Park is a 17-acre green-space and park, which got its name from the surrounding neighborhood. This park has a waterfall and loop around a beautiful pond.

Historic Fourth Ward Park is good for friends or family. If you have kids, they will have a blast playing on the many climbing or playground structures in the park. Otherwise, there’s plenty of green-space to have a picnic or to cool off in shade.

Krog Street Market

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Address: 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Krog Street Market is further down the Atlanta Beltline and is another must-see mixed-use development, with restaurants, bars, and retail.

Walk up right from the Atlanta BeltLine to experience the best that this west-coast inspired market has to offer. Whenever we visit Krog Street Market, it’s always a tough choice between Superica and Bar Mercado. There are also treats, like Hop City Beer & Wine or Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.