Welcome to Johns Creek
Nature and outdoor activities dominate in this private suburban city
Though it wasn't officially incorporated until 2006, Johns Creek has long been a place where residents have enjoyed a quiet life just a short drive from Atlanta. Known for the home of the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek is Georgia's 10th largest city and, with more than 80,000 residents, continues to grow.
Located north of the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek began as a ferry crossing. It is named after John Rogers, a plantation owner, and friend of President Andrew Jackson. The unincorporated area continued for many years as a rural settlement but began growing in the 1980s with the introduction of the Technology Park at Johns Creek. Most of the city is divided into modern subdivisions, many with swimming, tennis, and clubhouses. A typical home in Johns Creek is a spacious multi-level brick house on a private, generous lot.
What to Love
- Great space for nature lovers
- A quiet, charming community
- Easy commute to Atlanta
- Atlanta Athletic Club
With the Chattahoochee River forming the southeast boundary of Johns Creek, it's not surprising that residents take advantage of the natural areas and parks along its banks. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area oversees five areas within Johns Creek. Residents can also choose from a wide range of outdoor sports and activities in the town's many parks. Another popular area is the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, which tells the area's history through the visitor center and farm museum, complete with animal displays.
To say Johns Creek is dog-friendly is an understatement. The award-winning Newtown Dream Dog Park is a fenced-in, one-acre park with dog obstacle courses and sprinklers, as well as benches and shelters for their owners.
In addition to nature and the outdoors, Johns Creek offers all the amenities of busy suburban life, including an array of shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Residents can also take advantage of amenities in surrounding suburbs like Alpharetta and Roswell.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Johns Creek has several local restaurants of note representing more than 25 distinct cuisines. A unique choice is Noosh Persian Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant serving Persian specialties like baba ganoush and kabobs. For family-style Italian fare served in comfortable surroundings, Sugo is where the residents go. The highly-rated Pampas Steakhouse also has a Johns Creek location.
Taverns and pubs provide the city with socialization and nightlife. Abbot's Bar & Grill has live music on weekends and an open mic night during the week. Six Bridges Brewing is a father-son craft brewery with a taproom, a spacious outdoor gathering spot, food truck visits, and planned weekly events.
Johns Creek is close to major shopping centers in nearby cities like North Point Mall and The Avalon in Alpharetta, but there are several smaller retail areas within the city. One unique local shop is Kathleen's Catch Fish Market, where you can buy freshly caught seafood for your home table.
Things to Do
The Johns Creek Art Festival, held in October, is the biggest event of the year. At the two-day festival, you can shop for arts, jewelry, and hand-made products at more than 100 booths. Live music, food, and kids' activities are available. Dogs are welcome.
The Parks and Recreation Division offers residents a variety of sports and activities such as competitive sports leagues for kids and adults, lessons, classes, senior activities, and special events. The summer concert series invites residents to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music in the park.
Golf clubs in Johns Creek are also social centers and most schedule special events for members throughout the year. The famed Atlanta Athletic Club, founded in 1898, has two championship golf courses, a nine-hole course, tennis courts, a pool, and a huge clubhouse with club rooms and dining. Country Club of the South has a course designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus. The St. Ives Golf and Country Club and the Standard Club also offer full amenities and social activities for members. Johns Creek also has a public golf course, RiverPines Golf Course, with an 18-hole and 9-hole course.