Don’t have the time to make a pilgrimage to the white
sands of Florida? Look no further than Acworth’s lake
beaches in north Cobb County. The city is known for Lake
Allatoona. The lake covers 12,000 acres and 270 miles of
shoreline when full.
“The Lake City,” as it’s sometimes called, came into being
in 1845 as a railroad stop called Northcutt Station along the
Western and Atlantic Railroad.
It was named after Acworth, New Hampshire by Joseph
Gregg, a native of that town. First incorporated in 1860,
Acworth originally contained just the area in a half-mile
radius surrounding Northcutt Station.
The city of about 22,400 residents is governed by a mayor
and Board of Aldermen, while the city manager runs the city
on a day-to-day basis.
Home to a charming downtown, Acworth is designated
as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street city, a status bestowed
upon cities that preserve character and history while
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growing their downtowns. Lake Allatoona outflows into the
other, smaller lake in the area, Lake Acworth.
The two lakes offer four different beaches, fishing, boating, kayaking
and paddle boarding. Plus, 13 parks surround the city, and
Cobblestone Golf Course lies on the banks of Lake Acworth.
Places of interest: Historic downtown and Parkside districts.
Acworth has four beaches and 13 parks.
Annual events: ArtFest, April; Smoke on the Lake, May;
Pizza, Pints and Pigskins, September; Taste of Acworth,
October; Independence Day celebration, July.
A bit of history: Acworth began as a railroad town and
became a city in 1860. The city has more than 300 historic
buildings. One of them, the Cowan Historic Mill, was built
by John Cowan, who struck gold in Montana’s “Last Chance
Gulch” in the mid 1800s. Cowan and three others from
Acworth were credited for founding Helena, Montana.
What’s new in Acworth:
In June 2021, a developer broke ground on a new
mixed-use development at the corner of Lemon Street and