Mike Terry 11-16-2019
Mike Terry 11-16-2019

Shoupade Park

Cobb County Historic Battlefield Park

Oakdale Road (click for map) Smyrna, GA 30080
Shoupade Park was created by Pulte Homes during construction of the surrounding Pulte Park Avenue housing development and donated to Cobb County in 2010.  The River Line Historic Area formed a Friends of Shoupade Park group and adopted the park in September 2017 to raise its level of care with volunteer Friends.  Contact Us to join the Friends.
  • Approx. 2-acre historic pocket park
  • Topography offers a panoramic view of the city of Atlanta
  • Enter the iron gate on Oakdale Rd. & follow the path to find 2 Civil War Shoupade forts, trench and artillery redan
  • 4 interpretive signs for battlefield earthworks
  • Limited parking at Oakdale Road entrance
  • Cobb County Register of Historic Places - added March 28, 2017
9 Shoupades still remain as of April 2023

Learn about

The Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield and Shoupades at

The Smyrna History Museum

Discovery Park at the River Line

Discovery at the River Line Park
National Register of Historic Places site
Discovery Park at the River Line
Eighty-three acres of Discovery Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Johnston's River Line.  It is the largest intact Civil War battlefield remaining of the entire 6 mile Chattahoochee River Line, consisting of a contiguous trench line joining a Shoupade to a 7 gun anchor fort.*
Thanks to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners under Chairman Phil Secrist for saving this historic land from Bessemer Corp. development through successful litigation and land acquisition in the late 1980's.  Thanks to the current Cobb County BOC and District 4 Commissioner, Lisa Cupid, for funding public access to this historic site.
  • The entire park is densely wooded and topographically challenging
  • 2 picnic tables are accessible along the trail near the river
  • The new linear parking lot accommodates up to 20 cars and 2 buses
  • Rest rooms are located in the parking lot
  • Natural dirt-packed trails with interpretive signs circling the battlefield fortifications

*No metal detectors allowed in the park. Relic hunting is not permitted and is illegal here.


Trolley Line Park

4700 N. Church Lane, Smyrna 30080

Owned by Cobb County
Passive Linear Historic Park
This park is a landmark designating the old Trolley route from
Atlanta to Marietta
  • Park Benches
  • Interpretive signs
  • flat brick paved walkways ideal for walking or jogging



Nickajack Park

Recreational Park Owned by Cobb County
  • 3 lighted baseball fields
  • Lighted basketball courts with 4 hoops
  • 4 lighted tennis courts
  • Children's playground
  • Open air shelter house with picnic tables
  • Modern restrooms
  • Nickajack Creek pedestrian bridge to Lindley School



River Line Park

Soccer Park & Historic Site Owned by City of Smyrna
  • 12 acres
  • Lighted soccer fields
  • Children's playground
  • Public restrooms
  • Concession stand
  • Walking trail leading to a Civil War Shoupade Fort

Green Space Parks
Cobb County bought over 300 acres of passive park land under the 2006 Parks Bond Program. The program was so successful, Cobb residents voted for another $40M Parks Bond in 2008, which finally received partial funding in 2017.  More information is available at the Cobb Parks Coalition web site.
One of the most noticeable things about the River Line Historic Area is how "green" it is.  Protecting and restoring the natural resources within the River Line Historic Area will help maintain its "green" character, preserve wildlife habitat, historic sites and provide recreation/social interaction opportunities utilizing volunteer supporters like you!