Austell has the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of a small southern town. Strategically located in southwest Cobb County, Austell is eighteen miles away from Atlanta, ten miles from Marietta and only minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 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.
History of Austell
Nestled in southwest Cobb County, Austell is a small southern city located 18 miles west of the city of Atlanta. The city is 5.7 square miles, with a relatively flat topography and the Sweetwater Creek flowing through. Famous as a natural health resort, the city boasts a serene, picturesque setting of parks and oak trees making it an ideal place for not only visitors but also residents.
Historically recognized as a therapeutic city, the city of Austell was founded in 1885, after the neighboring Lithia Springs earned prominence by game hunters for its curative properties in the early 1800s. The emergent popularity of the spring resulted in an increased migration of people, forcing the owner of the property around Austell, Mr. G.O. Mozeley, to subdivide and sell forty acres of his lot, leading to the creation of the city of Salt Springs. The old Georgia Pacific railways added to the eminence of the city by not only making it a transit station, but also a division node for the two routes of Birmingham and Chattanooga. To honor the work of General Alfred Austell in establishing railway networks in the south, the city was later named ‘Austell.’
Strategically located 4 miles north of the interstate I 20, the city of Austell is well connected with major cities like Marietta, Douglasville, Hiram and Atlanta. The city continues to be a significant station division terminal, hosting several trains and transferring passengers each day.
"Austell Embraces Innovation, Opportunity and Urbanism. The city of Austell strives to be a city of opportunity with dynamic communities and a small town atmosphere. The city aims to revitalize itself, to create attraction and bring growth prospects for business and citizens.” Source: The City of Austell Website
What to do in Austell, GA?
Located less than 20 miles west of downtown Atlanta, Austell easily accessible to I-20 and I-285, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making it a convenient place to stay when visiting metro Atlanta. Home to Six Flags Over Georgia, one of the largest amusement parks in the Southeast, and close to Sweetwater Creek State Park in southwest Cobb County, Austell is a great place to escape the everyday. [Source]
Enjoy the friendly, hometown atmosphere shopping in downtown Austell's antique and vintage shops. Grab a bite to eat in the city's restaurants, many of which feature locally grown produce and vegan options. Learn about the city's rich history as a therapeutic city in the City of Austell Museum, and just sit for a while and watch the trains go by near Broad Street or Veteran's Memorial Highway. [Source]