Getting into the great outdoors...
These are some of my favorite spots for walking in Athens and just outside of Athens. Probably the best all around experience would be at the State Botanical Gardens. Drive south on Milledge past the bypass about 1 mile on the right. Miles of beautiful trails by water, gardens, and indoor conservatory of tropical plants. Nearby just off campus are the intramural fields, on College Station Rd. just by the bypass. Watch some soccer or ultimate, (do they still call it that?), bring your dog and walk the trails. Just off Millledge closer in town is Memorial Park, with a lovely little zoo of animals who couldn't otherwise make it in the wild, a pond with ducks and geese who love to be fed, and a small circuit of lovely trails named for a local legend, Fred Birchmore. Or head in the other direction on 441N or Commerce Rd., about one mile out of town on the left hit the Sandy Creek Nature Center, with loads of trails in the woods and by water, dogs on leash welcome, and you can connect with the Athens Greenway here and walk along the river or toward Sandy Creek Park. Or drive over to Sandy Creek, just about one or two miles more up 441 on the right. More trails, sailboats! this is new. Paddle boats, a little swimming "beach" playgrounds, etc. Or drive about 30 minutes outside of town toward Carlton and Elberton on 72. Just as you enter Carlton, you should see signs on the right for Watson Mill Bridge State Park. Trails, a covered bridge, beautiful shoals to wade through, riding trails (bring your own horse.) If you don't mind getting a bit lost, drive out of the park away from Carleton and take in some of the beautiful countryside. You'll make it back to Athens eventually, and maybe get a feel for small town Georgia on the way.
pictured is clayton street in downtown athens. clayton street is in the middle of a four block area next to the UGA campus that is athen's entertainment district. this section of downtown has numerous bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. because of UGA athens has a vibrant downtown night life.
Interesing facts about UGA
-Dr. Edward J. Larson, professor of history and law, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for history.
-The 201 first-year students who enrolled in the School of Law in 2000 had a median score on the Law School Admissions Test that ranks the class nationally in the top 12 percent of scores.
-The 76,481 fans who watched the women’s Olympic Gold Medal soccer game in Sanford Stadium Aug. 1, 1996, was at the time the largest number of people ever to attend a women’s sports event.
-Sports Illustrated ranks UGA 6th on its list of best colleges for women athletes
-A total of 17 current or former UGA athletes participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. UGA athletes won seven medals, including six gold, in three different sports.
-The undergraduate program in the Terry College of Business is ranked 28th among the 338 accredited business programs in the country
-The graduate program in public relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication ranked fourth among the nation’s top journalism schools in rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report. UGA’s graduate program in advertising ranked fifth, and the graduate program in radio/television ranked 12th.
-UGA ranks 5th nationally in research publications in the areas of ecology, evolution and behavior, according to a study of research published in 64 journals, including Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
-The School of Law ranks 27th among 174 of the nation’s accredited law schools in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
-The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center was created in 1985 as the first facility in the world devoted specifically to the study of complex carbohydrates
-University scientists have established the first center in the United States to monitor changes in levels of ultraviolet light
-UGA’s Center for Applied Isotope Studies is one of only five places in the country where a research machine called an accelerator mass spectrometer is located
-Since 1851, 24 governors of Georgia have been graduates of the University of Georgia, including the current governor, Roy Barnes