The new Morgan Falls Park in Sandy Springs is not only the crown jewel of the Sandy Springs park system it is also hands down one of the best parks in all of the Atlanta area. The park features sweeping, unobstructed 180 degree views of placid Bull Sluice Lake on the Chattahoochee. The startling scenery overwhelms the scene and a beautiful view can be had from anywhere in the park.
Sandy Springs invested more than 3 million dollars in the project and it shows. Everything about the park is beautifully designed and constructed. A historic chimney from an early settlement along the river stands has been saved as well and adds a unique charm to the park.
Though small at around 30 acres the park packs a lot into a little space without ever feeling crowded. A large playground area for children, numerous benches and swings each with a beautiful view of the lake, a large pavilion for gatherings and a boat dock for launching canoes, kayaks and Georgia Tech’s Crew boats.
In addition to all of this the park includes a 3/4 mile trail. While the trail is short it features a great incline that will get even an experienced hiker’s blood flowing as it immediately ascends to the top of the bluff. The trail is, like everything else in the park, well constructed and well designed. The soft dirt path winds its way up the side of the bluffs and never becomes too steep. Along the way there are two wooden benches for hikers to stop and rest and enjoy the view of the park below and the lake beyond. The trail has two entrances. One is located behind the large picnic pavillion and the other is located towards the front of the parking lot.
Despite the park’s great start it has even greater potential in the future. Proposals include expanding pedestrian access to the area and better incorporating the surrounding ballfields and public golf course creating a park similar to Chastain Park in Buckhead. Part of this proposal which includes fishing piers on the Chattahoochee is a pedestrian bridge spanning across the Chattahoochee and would creat a recreational hub in the area and link Morgan Falls to other Chattahoochee parks on the opposite bank.