The neighborhood of Huntcliff is a hidden jewel in Sandy Springs. As you drive through Huntcliff, you will see beautiful dogwood trees, azaleas and soft rolling hills, with views of the Chattahoochee River to the right and Cherokee Country Club’s golf course to the left. With amenities galore, Huntcliff is the winner of this week’s Neighborhood of the Week.
Here are the top 10 reasons we love Huntcliff and the Sandy Springs Area.
- The Huntcliff River Preserve – 54 acres along the river which include a softball field, children’s playground and a dock (canoe launch.) The clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, equestrian center and walking trail are also part of the River Preserve. The walking trails begin adjacent to the clubhouse and wind around the buffer zone along the Chattahoochee. They are natural trails through the woods and along the river bank. Sitting benches are found at resting spots along the trails.
- The Huntcliff Equestrian Center (HEC) – Located in Huntcliff, Huntcliff Equestrian Center is a full care boarding facility and hunter/jumper education center. In 2010, HEC was refurbished to offer state of the art amenities. HEC offers boarding, lessons, clinics and camps for the neighbors and surround community. Annual events at HEC include summer camps, fall pumpkin patch, and a spring Kentucky Derby event. HEC turns out accomplished riders each year as a part of their teaching program; with several of their high school and middle school team riders going forward to compete nationally. Several of their riders placed in the top 10 in the state in the Georgia Hunter Jumper. HEC also hosts the non-profit “Horses for Heroes” program affiliated with the Shepherd Spinal Centers’ “wounded warriors” program – a chance for soldiers recovering from brain injuries and PTSD to come and interact with horses and spend time in an outdoors setting as a part of their recovery program.
- Tennis Courts – Four lighted courts courts. Huntcliff has leagues including Mens, Womens, children’s, USTA and ALTA. There is also a full-time tennis professional on site to coach leagues and give private instruction, as well as conduct camps.
- Swimming Pool & Swim Team – Huntcliff has a state of the art Olympic swimming pool with a diving board and lap lanes for competitions. Grab a snack at the cabana or just get a break from the sun on the covered decks. The pool is open from Memorial Day until early fall with open swim time to Club members throughout the days and evenings. A lifeguard is on duty during set hours. The Huntcliff Hammerheads is the neighborhood swim club for children age 6-18.
- Annual Events – Huntcliff offers many occasions to socialize with your neighbors. Kentucky Derby Extravaganza at the Club and Equestrian Center, Memorial Day Picnic at the Club, Fall Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at the stables, Halloween Party at the Club, Trick-or-Treating at the Equestrian Center with the horses in costume, and the Christmas party.
- The Huntcliff Club by the River – A two story clubhouse overlooking the Chattahoochee River. This newly built clubhouse hosts annual neighborhood events such as the Memorial Day Party, Christmas Party, and Kentucky Derby party. The facility is also available for rent for special events – both to neighbors and to the community at large.
- – An informal neighborhood club that plans Chattahoochee River excursions, paddling clinics, and organizes trips to other waterways.
- Chattahoochee Nature Center – Children and adults delight in the sights and sounds at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Great spot for birthday parties too!
- Morgan Falls Overlook Park – Opened in July 2010, the 27 acre park features playground equipment shaped like a spider web, swings with stunning views of the Chattahoochee River and a stacked stone chimney which pre-dates the Civil War. The riverside park also includes a boat dock, playground, walking trails, restrooms, a large picnic pavilion and handicap accessible swings.
- John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve – A beautiful and unique 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is designed and managed as a forest education center offering passive recreation walks along 1 1/2 miles of wood mulched walking trails. The Forest is open sunrise to sunset, seven days each week. There is ample free parking. Dogs on leashes are welcomed in the Forest. The Forest is located next to the North Fulton County Government Annex building at 7741 Roswell Road.
Read more about the Huntcliff Neighborhood Association.