All I could think about when I was walking around Gibbs Gardens last fall for the first time was “how could I have lived in Atlanta for 20 years and not known this was here?” Gibbs Gardens is a real treasure for all Atlanta and North Georgia walkers.
I drove there from Atlanta with a few friends. We made several stops on our way so it took us a little longer to get there but it is about an hour’s drive from North Atlanta to Gibbs Gardens which is located in Cherokee County.
When we arrived the parking lot was packed and I immediately let my mind wander to the park is going to be too crowded too enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised that the grounds did not feel crowded at all. We saw other walkers along most of the paths but in some areas we did not see anyone else at all. It was a beautiful day so everyone was friendly and seemed to be happy to be outside enjoying the experience.
There are miles of walking paths in Gibbs Gardens that wind along streams, across bridges and around meadows.
The paths are meandering but there are plenty of maps and all paths lead back to well-populated areas so although it is easy to lose your way you are never truly lost.
We were there in the fall so all of the trees, particularly the maples, were at the peak of their color. There are Japanese Gardens, Water Lilly Gardens, and gardens for Daffodils, Day Lilies, Azaleas, Rhododendron’s, Hydrangea’s, Roses, and on and on and on. If it flowers in North Georgia it grows at Gibbs Gardens.
There is a small café located near the entrance to the gardens which offers surprisingly good sandwiches, salads and drinks.
The grounds are generally wheel chair accessible. The paths are made of ground granite which is very hard in dry weather but can soften after rain making them a little more difficult to navigate in a wheel chair or walker.
Benches are located along the Gibbs Gardens paths so visitors have plenty of places to sit when they get tired.
On your way out of the gardens you can stop in at the store which has a large variety of goods mostly devoted to gardening and nature in general.
Gibbs Gardens has a website where you can find the hours of operation and prices. Wear your comfy walking shoes, you don’t need boots or heavy walking shoes but you definitely will want to wear your most comfortable walking shoes.