Chattooga County is committed to providing public green-space and parks for the citizens and visitors of Chattooga County. Chattooga County is home to many beautiful parks and centers for everyone to enjoy.
Summerville is home to two public-use parks. J.R. "Dick" Dowdy Park is located at the intersection of Highway-27 and University Street. Dowdy Park is home to countless activities throughout the year, from Relay for Life to birthday parties. The park has a walking track, gazebos, a playground, and the Summerville Railroad Turntable. The historic Couey House is also located here. The park hosts the "Steam Into Summerville" Railroad Days throughout the year and provides visitors a link to the past. Easily accessed from downtown Summerville, the park is also home to a "Pickin in the Park" Chapter and many of Better Hometown's programs. The park also hosts arts and music festivals throughout the year.
Willow Spring Park, with its distinctive Willow Trees, is located at the intersection of Highway-27 and First Street. The park was built to commemorate the importance of the spring to the foundation of Summerville. When John Beavers ceded land to Chattooga County after the county's founding, he selected the area for the county seat based on the availability of water from Willow Spring. The park has a pavilion, picnic tables, and a small walking track.
Menlo and Lyerly are also home to local parks, some in conjunction with local schools. Menlo's Tillotson Complex is home to baseball and softball fields. The Tillotson Complex also is home to the Northwest Georgia Festival of Balloons each year. Lyerly's McLeod Park is also open for public use. The center has baseball and softball fields, a playground, and other recreation areas.