I’ll admit, when I saw the title for this article about Woodstock being named one of the best places to live, I was very excited and not a bit surprised. Upon realizing Woodstock was number 50, and I quickly read the entire list and now think that Money may have missed the mark. It seems hard to believe that, 1.) there aren’t any other Georgia cities on this list and 2.) there are some cities on this list that I have been to, and they are not better than Woodstock. But you can be the judge! See the entire list here.
Woodstock has more than doubled in size in the past 10 years, attracting residents with its proximity to Atlanta, just 30 miles to the south, affordable housing, and strong job growth. The lively downtown area features The Park at City Center, a green space with a gazebo, war memorial, and fountain, which is the site of a series of concerts each summer as well as other seasonal events like a Christmas Jubilee. Dixie Speedway, the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Reformation Brewery, and an outlet shopping center are also located within the town limits, giving locals plenty to see and do without needing to head into Atlanta.
Outdoor recreational activities are a big draw as well. Old Rope Mill Park contains the 14-mile Taylor Randahl Mountain Bike Trail, with six different loops of varying difficulty, that twists through the nearly 100 acres of park. From a small bridge within the park, you can see the remnants of its namesake, an 1800’s rope mill. More traditional Dupree Park offers a large playground for kids, tennis and basketball courts, and a fishing pond.—