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Cumming Recreation and Parks

Cumming is near Lake Lanier, and Lake Lanier attracts 7.5 million visitors annually because a wide variety of recreational activities are available in the surrounding region. The City of Cumming’s Recreation & Parks Department operates Cumming City Park and provides competitive sports programs, aerobic exercise classes and many other recreational activities for residents.

At Cumming City Park Pool, swim classes are offered to children from 10 months old through 12 years old, and the Cumming Waves Swim Team gives children from ages 5 through 18 the opportunity to enter county and statewide swimming competitions. The Recreation & Parks Department offers classes in hula dancing, belly dancing, Tahitian dancing and Bhangra, a program of visual arts classes, weeklong art camps, and a day camp for children. Camp Cool Kids encourages individuals with mental and/or physical handicaps to enjoy swimming through interactive exercises and to participate in arts and crafts activities. Many classes are given at the Dobbs Creek Recreation Center on Dahlonega Highway.

Hiking, camping, swimming, boating and fishing are popular local activities

Opened in 2005, the 983 acre Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming added 3.5 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and an outdoor amphitheater to the list of Cumming’s public assets. Educational classes in rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, botany and natural awareness are offered through the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center at 4075 Spot Road, (770) 781-2217.

Lake Lanier provides numerous opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking or sightseeing, and there are many campgrounds in the area. Shady Grove Campground, 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road, Cumming, (770) 205-6849, is run by the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department and it has 110 campsites, a beach and swim area, a boat ramp with a courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, and a children’s playground. Bald Ridge Creek Campground, 4100 Bald Ridge Road, Cumming, (770) 889-1591, has 82 campsites with electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, a boat ramp, restrooms with hot showers, and laundry facilities. Twin Lakes RV Park at 3300 Shore Drive, Cumming, (770) 887-4400, has 70 full hookup RV sites and includes a 13 acre scenic lake with free catch and release fishing for all guests.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is Georgia’s most visited lakeside resort

The economy in Cumming was stimulated during the 1980’s and 1990’s by the development of the 1,100-acre Lake Lanier Islands Resort, which completed Phase I of a multi-million dollar 10 year expansion plan in 2008 and began Phase II expansion. This is a major resort development in Georgia and it features the luxurious Legacy Lodge & Conference Center with 287 well appointed guestrooms, 30 New England style lakeside cottages, 6 executive villas, and two spectacular championship golf courses. For a more exciting aquatic lodging experience, the Resort’s Harbor Landing rents 14 newly renovated 53 ft. x 14 ft. houseboats and two 82 ft. x 16 ft. luxury houseboats that can accommodate up to 10 guests. Lake Lanier Islands Resort also includes the Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark with Wild Waves, Georgia’s largest wave pool, Wiggle Waves, a child-sized wave pool, and FunDunker, a 1/2 mile long white sandy beach overlooking Lake Lanier.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is well on its way to becoming Georgia’s first all inclusive, comprehensive resort destination. Future plans for development include opening up more islands in Lake Lanier for public enjoyment, building a family oriented hotel on Georgia Island with a gateway bridge connecting to Legacy Island, and building a beach club with restaurants, swimming pools, hillside cottages, golf side villas and luxury guest villas on Pine Island. Blue Ridge Island has plans for a luxurious Boutique Hotel with a spa and wellness center, a quaint bed and breakfast inn, beautiful hillside cottages, guest villas and restful retreat cabins, and an interconnecting system of roads, bike paths and cart lanes will allow guests to navigate around from island to island and take advantage of all the fun experiences offered by the resort.

A great time to visit Cumming and the Lake Lanier Islands Resort is between November 20th and December 30th during the annual Magical Nights of Lights. This Christmas holiday light extravaganza consists of 6 miles of spectacular holiday lights displayed against the pristine backdrop of Lake Lanier Islands and it is believed to be the largest annual animated Christmas holiday light extravaganza in the world.

 

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