Once a sleepy farming village, today’s Woodstock is a vibrant and diverse community boasting a world-class trail system, great shopping and dining options, and neighborhoods perfect for the suburban family all just 30 miles north of Atlanta. Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 30,000 residents.
Woodstock officially became a City in 1897, but the first settlers arrived in the early 1800's with hopes of finding gold. Mills were then constructed to serve the burgeoning cotton farms. The railroad depot was constructed in 1879 and storefronts followed. The Woodstock Visitor’s Center is housed in an original storefront, Dean’s Store, which opened in 1906.
Today, downtown Woodstock is home to 20+ restaurants offering a wide range of foods, from farm-to-table, fresh seafood, Italian & Mexican Cuisine, cupcakes& pies, burgers & hot dogs, and even a food truck themed restaurant. Stroll through charming downtown Woodstock and shop at over 30 local shops where options abound with stylish clothing boutiques, antiques, an independent bookstore, jewelry, art, and unique gift items. Or, visit the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and shop over 100 name brand stores.
Entertainment is plentiful in Woodstock with Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, located in the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock, hosting the annual Summer Concert Series. Musicians such as Mark Wills, the Charlie Daniels Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and more have taken the stage at this new, state-of-the-art venue featuring multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn accommodating audiences of over 7,500. You can also catch some more live music at MadLife Stage & Studios; who welcomes nearly 300 music lovers for performances nightly Wednesday-Sunday. Entertainment for all ages can be found at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. With the best art and entertainment year-round, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village offers live plays, galleries and art exhibits, camps, workshops, concerts, and improv.
Woodstock has become a destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it is a picnic with the family at beautiful Dupree Park, a walk with your dog at Woofstock Park, or hitting the mountain bike trails at Olde Rope Mill Park, Woodstock is home to a number of parks and trail systems. And, in 2019, construction will begin on another nearly 100 acre park located on the east side of the City.
The City of Woodstock Municipal Government provides first class service to its citizens, visitors, guests, and stakeholders. Woodstock Police Department is a State Certified Law Enforcement Agency and also received its National Accreditation through CALEA in 2017; while Woodstock Fire Department boasts an Insurance Services Office rating of 1; the best rating possible.
The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department hosts festivals, holiday ceremonies, parades, and events year-round while. Additionally, the William G. Long Senior Center is host to a number of activities for seniors within our community.
There’s always something for anyone to do in Woodstock. After all, Woodstock recently received the Georgia Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award in 2017.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION'S:
Received the Georgia Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award for 2017
Ranked 3rd best City in Metro Atlanta to buy a house (Niche.com)
Ranked in the top 20 Safest Cities in Georgia (alarm.org)
Named “The Coolest Place in the South” (onlyinyourstate.com)
Ranked in the top 10 “Best Places to Raise a Family” (wallethub.com)