Thurman Springs Park in Powder Springs, Georgia. Photo by Jon Gargis, City of Powder Springs.
Top 5 Things to Do in Powder Springs
Twenty-five miles northwest of Atlanta, Powder Springs is the perfect way to get out of the city and into parks, trail systems, and local businesses in a historical and art-filled downtown.
Start the day in Powder Springs, wheeling around the citywide bike and pedestrian trail system, which winds through leafy parks and neighborhoods, and to downtown, where you can rest and get refreshments. Those with lots of energy can continue their ride on the Silver Comet Trail, a former train track-turned 59-mile, multi-use route that starts in Smyrna and rambles west to the Georgia–Alabama border with a stop in Powder Springs on its way. To keep it local, the 1-mile Lucille Trail is another excellent option. Just west of downtown, walk or ride along Wild Horse Trail, with easy access to Wild Horse Creek Park, the Seven Springs Water Park, downtown, the Powder Springs Library, and more. Learn more about Powder Springs trails.
2. Thurman Springs Park
This new downtown park is ideal for a picnic, with plenty of places to set up a delicious spread. The kids can scale the rope-climbing cube, cool off on the splash pad, take a swing at the ping-pong table, and run and play to their hearts’ content on the ample green space. There’s a summer concert series at the Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater, and the park hosts other festivals throughout the year. Learn more about Powder Springs’ parks.
3. Festivals & Events
In May, the Bringing the Sea to The Springs annual festival lures folks to Thurman Springs Park for fresh seafood and other cuisines from vendors across the country, a wine-and-beer garden, live bands, and wares from numerous artists and craftspeople. The annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Display is also centered in Thurman Springs Park, where you can throw down a blanket to listen to live bands play and then take in the fireworks display. The first Friday in December brings the city’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, with residents and visitors lining the parade route down Marietta Street before the tree lighting in Thurman Springs Park and holiday performances on the park’s stage. Learn about other events in Powder Springs.
4. Historical Downtown Attractions & Restaurants
Downtown Powder Springs features a mix of unique businesses, including perennial favorites Pear Tree Home.Florist.Gifts and Hand-Me-Up's Consignment. Follow shopping sprees with a break at the city’s first craft brewery, Skint Chestnut Brewing Company, before heading to Rooted Trading Co., which offers local and branded merchandise, bicycle rentals, and Silver Comet trail shuttles. Two favorite places to get a bite include SAC Burger, with mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, salads and wings, and SGC Chicken & Seafood, offering local creative delights such as blackened salmon-cake eggrolls and fried whole red snapper. Check the calendar while you’re in town: The Book Worm Bookstore often brings in authors to speak on their works. Pop into the free Seven Springs Museum in the renovated historical Bodiford House for a bit of town history. A unique collection of artifacts and photographs chronicle the area’s past. You’ll also find tourist and city trails information at its Welcome Kiosk.
5. New Art in the City
Don’t miss downtown’s new “Welcome to Powder Springs” mural on the side of Sweet Southern Coffee and Dessert on Marietta Street. The work by John W. Christian is part of the Georgia Mural Trail. Next, catch a selfie with the circular “Be Kind” mural between Hand-Me-Up’s Consignment and Suga’s Cheese Shoppe & Cafe. The combined talents of artist Gerald Byrd and Liz Williams (of downtown’s Liz by Design Photography) feature children holding hands, showing love and compassion to one another amid words like “joy,” “support,” “hope,” and more. Stroll the fences on Marietta Street and Lewis Road, where a dozen artworks show the sights and highlights of the city. Lastly, visit Shadowbox at the Springs, a vignette art venue in the historical Boyd Building, whose display windows present rotating exhibits organized by the South Cobb Arts Alliance.