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5 things to see and do at the Ashby MARTA station

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Three stops away from Five Points, the Ashby MARTA station is located on the west side of downtown Atlanta. It neighbors the Atlanta University Center and provides easy access to restaurants and residential areas. If you're heading out to explore, here are five things not to miss.

Washington Park
Washington Park Lan Rasso/Flickr.com

Washington Park

The Ashby MARTA station is located in Atlanta's historic Washington Park neighborhood. The park of the same name is about a block away from the station, and was the first public park in Atlanta for African Americans. Today the park includes a large indoor swimming pool and tennis center. You'll also find pavilions, playgrounds and plenty of greenspace. 

Walking Directions

Westside BeltLine Trail
Westside BeltLine Trail Sara Cheshire

Westside BeltLine Trail

The Westside BeltLine Trail is about a 10-minute walk away from the Ashby station. It currently is a dirt trail surrounded by tall trees, and will be developed to include a paved sidewalk and lighting. From the main station exit, walk straight ahead and cross over Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. to reach Lena Street. Walk past Washington Park until you reach the "crayons" that mark the trail. 

Johnny M's Rooftop
Johnny M's Rooftop Sara Cheshire

Johnny M's Rooftop

Rooftops are always a good time, well, unless it is raining or extremely hot. Johnny M's Pizza Bistro has one that overlooks the downtown skyline. You can also eat pizza, pasta and salad while you're there. The restaurant is no more than a block away from MARTA. Turn left out of the station and walk to the first intersection, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and turn left again.

Soul Food
Soul Food LWYang/Flickr.com

Soul Food

It's the South, and the South has some great home cooking. Get your fill at the Busy Bee Cafe (just down the street from Johnny M's), which has been serving fried chicken and other classic soul foods since 1947. For additional soul eats, walk a little further down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Murrell's Cafe. They have a buffet and also serve breakfast and brunch.

Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University Barry Arnson/Flickr.com

Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta is a private university that's less than a 15-minute walk from the Ashby station. It was formed in 1988 when Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865) merged. Today it is a co-ed, private school with a predominantly African-American heritage. Enjoy the grounds and architecture or head to a game at Panther Stadium. 

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