Towns in Cobb County
Acworth, located about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta, is 132 square miles.While it is close enough to Atlanta to experience professional sports and cultural events like a larger city, the small-town atmosphere of Acworth provides opportunities for families that offer fun and tranquility. Convenient to both Interstate 75 and Highway 41, area hotels are comfortable and are run by community members. Visitors, whether in the mood for down- home southern cooking, a quick sandwich, spicy Cajun cuisine, or parlor style ice cream, will find a wide range of choices. Acworth is surrounded by two beautiful lakes, Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona, and 12 parks surround Acworth that are perfect for picnicking. Nestled along the banks of Lake Acworth is Cobblestone Golf Course, which was recently rated the #1 public course in Georgia by Golf Digest. Shoppers will revel in the eclectic nature and friendly, welcoming staff of the shops in Acworth’s historical downtown district. If you are a history buff, you will certainly want to visit the many homes on the historical tour. The Dixie Highway, “the granddaddy of Interstate 75,” was the first interstate to reach into the South and is Acworth’s Main Street. By the time of its incorporation in 1840, Acworth prospered as a typical railroad town. Today, Acworth is designated as a Georgia Main Street City and is committed to preserving the historical significance of its downtown district buildings.
Austell is experiencing rapid residential growth as newcomers discover its wealth of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a stable economic base. Austell covers 5.7 square miles. This welcoming small town provides a friendly atmosphere with commercial, industrial, and residential growth. The area has a great school system, unique shopping, easily accessible medical care, and convenient travel opportunities. The city of Austell has many family activities such as an annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween celebrations, and the festive lighting of the town Christmas tree. Strategically located in southwest Cobb County, Austell is 18 miles away from Atlanta, 10 miles from Marietta, and only minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making travel very convenient. Regional commercial and industrial complexes as well as cultural, recreational, and leisure activities are within easy driving distance for Austell residents. Vacations in North Georgia’s mountains or along Georgia’s coast and the Golden Isles are only a few hours away.
In the 1830s, the railroad building craze hit Cobb County, and as more and more rail workers came to the county, Kennesaw grew up around that industry. Residents later founded the city in 1887. During the Civil War,
Kennesaw served as the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase, an event now recounted at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. A city rich in history, Kennesaw has become a destination for businesses and families looking to relocate in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Extensive preserved Civil War battle sites allow one to step back in time to the turbulent days of battle juxtaposed to the vibrant, stable economy that is Kennesaw today. Many attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, and businesses contribute to the vitality of the city. Kennesaw State University has become one of the premier public universities in Georgia and is now the state’s third largest university. The main strip in Kennesaw is Barrett Parkway, which offers Town Center Mall, a variety of restaurants, as well as multiple shopping centers and movie theaters
Marietta, the county seat, is known for its historic districts and its famous town square complete with gazebo and fountain. Offering the charm of a small town with the amenities of big-city living keeps Marietta at the top of the list for sought out areas. The downtown square bustles throughout the day as visitors and residents take advantage of the many charming shops and restaurants. The adjacent Cobb government buildings ensure an ongoing steady stream of people in and out of the area on a daily basis. U.S. 41 is one of the main roads that run through Marietta. “The Big Chicken,” as residents refer to it, has become a landmark that is used to provide directions in the area. Incorporated on December 19, 1834, Marietta is the Cobb County seat of government. While the origin of the city’s name is somewhat a mystery, prevailing wisdom has it that the name remembers Mary Moore, the wife of U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb. If this origin is correct, it seems apt, as Judge Cobb is the namesake of the county itself. When, in 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman marched through Marietta, he spared the city before going to burn Atlanta.
Originally chartered as Springville in 1839, Powder Springs was well known for its seven medicinal and therapeutic springs. One historic springs is preserved in a local park not far from the Seven Springs Museum and the Silver Comet Trail. It has a population of over 15,000, up from 7,000 in 1990, and embodies the spirit of community that is prevalent throughout Cobb County with a nod to both its small town character and planned quality growth. Significant redevelopment projects are underway in the city’s historic downtown. Their premier downtown access to the Silver Comet Trail across Cobb County is convenient to businesses and neighborhoods along Marietta Street and to expanding amenities at the city’s linear park on Richard D. Sailors Parkway. The Silver Comet Trail and the city’s 5K-certified Wild Horse and Lucille Creek trails form a unique pedestrian and bike- friendly loop around the city’s historic core, and a new $4 million downtown park will feature a trailhead entrance and inviting public space where trail travelers can take a break to enjoy casual dining at the Marietta Street Grill and Café and Hawg’s Best Friend or shop at the Bookwork or Hand Me Ups. Timed to open with park completion, Railcat Brewing Company will located in a renovated c.1900 building. The preserved Country Store on Marietta Street boasts the oldest wooden framed Coca Cola sign in Georgia.
In 2018, the city issued 192 building permits for single family homes, an increase of 8% over 2017, reflecting approximately $36 million in new investment in Powder Springs. In particular, groundbreaking events held
at the end of January 2019 highlight the residential dimension of downtown growth with new development underway by Hollywood Construction and Fischer Homes. With land available for light industrial, commercial and residential development, plus access to major transit routes and nearby air, rail and intermodal centers, Powder Springs checks off many important boxes for investors and developers. Innovative changes in land inspection, plan review, and permitting processes set in 2017 have continued to save significant project time for developers and reflect the City’s vision – Inspired, Invigorated, Innovative...
Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Smyrna is known as the Jonquil City for the many blooms seen each spring. Once considered a sleepy bedroom suburb of Atlanta, Smyrna has fully come into its own with recognition for a successful rejuvenated downtown area. The Village Green provides a community atmosphere featuring shopping, dining, a community center, and city hall all intertwined with residential spaces. This area is structured in a Williamsburg style, with a central fountain surrounded by a long brick road. The Smyrna Community Center offers residents multiple spaces for meetings, activities, and athletics.The City attracts the millennials with it’s proximity to downtown Atlanta, many parks and restaurants. It is 15 square miles and has 304 acres of park and green space. The City of Smyrna was
awarded the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence and is recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the entire Metropolitan Atlanta area, “the place to be…the place to call home”.
Just over the Chattahoochee River from the city of Atlanta, the small historic community of Vinings continues to attract those searching for unique shopping and dining experiences. With the affluent West Paces
Ferry portion of Buckhead and the suburban community of Smyrna close by, the Vinings area offers a wide variety of residential opportunities and recreational activities. Vinings Jubilee is considered by residents to be the town center, maintaining an historic look and feel. The business climate is thriving, led by the headquarters of Home Depot that is located just outside of Vinings. The main east/west road that goes through the town is Paces Ferry Road. The area has always been and still is a very desirable area for Cobb County residents.
Mableton, which occupies more than 20 square miles between interstates 285 and 20, is the Atlanta area’s largest unincorporated area. It is also one of Cobb County’s most historic areas. The Mable House Plantation was used as a camp by Federal troops during the Civil War and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and leased to the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department for concerts and other events. The complex also has an amphitheater and arts center. Its proximity to the major business districts of both Cobb County and the city of Atlanta, as well as the Silver Comet Trail, make it an ideal location for families and businesses alike.