Getting Here By Car

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Start your visit to the park at the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center located in the Island Ford unit in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Here you will be able to obtain a Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass. View the exhibits about the park and pick up the free Junior Ranger Books and hiking maps and get all your questions about the park answered by the park ranger on duty. And don't forget to pick up a souvenir or two from the Eastern bookstore.

To find the Island Ford Visitor Center enter the physical address listed below into your GPS unit or your favorite map software.

Physical Address
8800 Roberts Drive
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350

Once you have arrived at 8800 Roberts Drive turn onto Island Ford Parkway at the large Island Ford entrance sign. Follow the signs to the Park Headquarters where the visitor center is located.

If you are looking for directions to one of the 14 other units that make up the park visit our Driving Directions to All Park Units page.


Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy.


Parking Lots At Island Ford

For visitor and employee safety, all park lands and waters are closed. This includes all parking lots in the park. Park closures will be reassessed in two weeks. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines for public spaces related to COVID-19. Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support during this time.

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Hewlett Lodge Parking Lots

  • 63 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 33.98708, -84.325527

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Hewlett Pond Parking Lot

  • 25 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 33.988788, -84.325319

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Island Ferry Parking Lot

  • 40 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 33.995113, -84.332382


Local Public Tranportation

Several different local public transportation to the
Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) serves Fulton and Dekalb Countys.

Palisades Unit

Paces Mill Entrance Route #12 Midtown Station to Cumberland Transfer Center

Cochran Shoals Unit

Powers Island Entrance Route #148 Sandy Springs Station, weekdays peak hours

Vickery Creek Unit

Riverside Entrance Route #85 North Springs Station

Allenbrook Entrance Route #85 North Springs Station

Island Ford Unit

Route #85 North Springs Station

Route #87 North Springs and Dunwoody Stations

GRTA Epress
Medlock Bridge Unit
Route #408 Chamblee Station weekdays

Last updated: March 5, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs, GA 30350


Call 770-992-6585 for non-emergency law enforcement assistance for any event that does not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of visitors or employees. Examples of when to call 770-992-6585 are for property crime (car break-ins, vandalism), suspicious activity, or a threat to the park's resources (digging). Dial 911 when there is a direct threat to the health and safety of visitors or employees. Examples of when to dial 911 are for missing person, fire, physical altercation, or injury.

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