Recreational Opportunities

Whether your "thing" involves shopping, museums, sporting events, hiking, historical sites, water activities, or just kicking back and relaxing, the Suwanee area and nearby Atlanta to the south and Lake Lanier and the Georgia mountains just a little north provide lots of recreational opportunities. The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau website provides information about Gwinnett County and Atlanta area attractions.

Suwanee Creek Greenway

The Suwanee Creek Greenway is a hard-surface, multipurpose trail that meanders through four miles of wooded areas, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. The original trail was constructed in the early 1990s; a three-mile extension was opened in May 2004. The greenway connects nearly 400 acres of parkland as well as residential and commercial areas. Suwanee Creek Greenway map.

Walkers, joggers, bikers, rollerbladers, and others can access the trail at a variety of locations. The trailhead is located at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Other access points are:

  • Near the Suwanee Sports Academy at 3640 Burnette Road.
  • Martin Farm Park, about a half-mile west of Satellite Boulevard.
  • Suwanee Elementary School, on weekends and after 4 p.m. during the week only.
  • George Pierce Park, near the soccer and back softball fields.


Through its award-winning Open Space Initiative, the City of Suwanee is preserving greenspaces and creating new parks. The City’s newest parks include:

PlayTown Suwanee

This 10,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind play structure, located at 425 Main Street, was constructed in just five days in June 2004 by community volunteers. Play elements include a tot lot, swings, slides, climbing wall, sandbox, and play areas built as a boat, cottage, rocket, and bus.

Sims Lake Park

Located at Suwanee Dam and Tench roads, Sims Lake Park is comprised of 62 idyllic acres. In addition to a 7-acre lake, Sims Lake Park features an approximately 1.2-mile looping trail, well-fed streamscape, playground area, picnic pavilion, and two 2-acre play meadows.

Suwanee Creek Park

As noted above, this 85-acre passive recreation area serves as the trailhead for the Suwanee Creek Greenway. In addition, the park has two shelters, picnic areas, benches, and meadows for play areas.

Town Center Park

This 10-acre urban park, located at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, serves as Suwanee’s “front yard” and primary community gathering place. Its amphitheater stage provides a backdrop for concerts and other performances that draw audiences from around the region.

Other parks in the City of Suwanee include:

  • City Hall Park
  • George Pierce Park (operated by Gwinnett County)
  • Main Street Park and the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion

Additional information about Suwanee’s parks can be found on the Parks page.

Lake Lanier

The largest lake in Georgia, Lake Lanier is just 15 minutes north of Suwanee. Boating, skiing, walking trails, fishing, golfing, and vacationing are a few of the activities available. Lake Lanier Water Park is open May-September.