April Hunt

April Hunt covers DeKalb County government and general assignment politics. She joined the AJC in 2008, after working eight years at the Orlando Sentinel in Florida.

Latest from April Hunt

Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta
 Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days...

Posted: 4 days ago

Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days...
10 sneaky ways to stay fit during the holidays
 The mind may be willing, but the post-Thanksgiving, tryptophan-riddled bodies of even the most dedicated among us can turn the hoildays into a season of inactivity.  Experts agree that exercising every day is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain amid all the food, social obligations and travel. But how do you do it?  Here are...

Posted: 8 days ago

The mind may be willing, but the post-Thanksgiving, tryptophan-riddled bodies of even the most dedicated among us can turn the hoildays into a season of inactivity.  Experts agree that exercising every day is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain amid all the food, social obligations and travel. But how do you do it?  Here are...
6 rugged holiday gift ideas for the outdoorsy Atlantan
 There is a lot more to unwrap when you give the gift of nature. One study showed that being outside – or even looking at photos of the outdoors – can boost memory and attention by as much as 20 percent. So this holiday season, help the outdoorsy Atlantan in your life find new ways to explore. Where else can you get a 20 percent...

Posted: 11 days ago

There is a lot more to unwrap when you give the gift of nature. One study showed that being outside – or even looking at photos of the outdoors – can boost memory and attention by as much as 20 percent. So this holiday season, help the outdoorsy Atlantan in your life find new ways to explore. Where else can you get a 20 percent...
Unplug at Georgia's most under-the-radar hike inn
 The path to unplugging from Atlanta this winter lies at the top of Amicalola Falls. There, a five-mile trail wends its way to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge. Accessible only by foot, the Hike Inn welcomes hikers with rustic and comfortable rooms, fresh meals and views of the southern Appalachian Mountains. TripAdvisor...

Posted: 16 days ago

The path to unplugging from Atlanta this winter lies at the top of Amicalola Falls. There, a five-mile trail wends its way to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge. Accessible only by foot, the Hike Inn welcomes hikers with rustic and comfortable rooms, fresh meals and views of the southern Appalachian Mountains. TripAdvisor...
5 romantic glamping and other winter escapes near Atlanta
 If your idea of a perfect romantic winter weekend mixes time outdoors and time snuggling, metro Atlanta has plenty of nearby escapes. Each getaway offers a new place to explore or a new way to experience it together.Most importantly, they're in metro Atlanta's backyard, giving you plenty of time to woo one  another once the travel is...

Posted: 16 days ago

If your idea of a perfect romantic winter weekend mixes time outdoors and time snuggling, metro Atlanta has plenty of nearby escapes. Each getaway offers a new place to explore or a new way to experience it together.Most importantly, they're in metro Atlanta's backyard, giving you plenty of time to woo one  another once the travel is...
The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays
 From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If...

Posted: 23 days ago

From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If...
How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream
 Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations...

4:09 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations...
The top 7 rides you must try at Six Flags Over Georgia
 Six Flags Over Georgia turned 50 in June 2017, but the only talk about being over the hill involves screaming along at 70 mph with your stomach floating in your chest. Georgia’s best-known amusement park, sits west of Atlanta in Cobb County and spans 290 acres. It features 40 rides and attractions and 12  roller coasters, including...

9:14 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Six Flags Over Georgia turned 50 in June 2017, but the only talk about being over the hill involves screaming along at 70 mph with your stomach floating in your chest. Georgia’s best-known amusement park, sits west of Atlanta in Cobb County and spans 290 acres. It features 40 rides and attractions and 12 roller coasters, including...
26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks
 State parks across the state offer everything from paddle adventures, overnight camping and even a haunted hayride to get you into the season. Appling's Mistletoe State Park: The name echoes a different season but this park northwest of Augusta is the perfect spot to extend your summer. A fishing rodeo in late September lets youth fish...

2:51 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

State parks across the state offer everything from paddle adventures, overnight camping and even a haunted hayride to get you into the season. Appling's Mistletoe State Park: The name echoes a different season but this park northwest of Augusta is the perfect spot to extend your summer. A fishing rodeo in late September lets youth fish...
5 Georgia hiking getaways for you and Fido
 If you're the kind of person who shops for hiking gear at both a sporting goods and a pet store, Georgia has plenty of getaways for you and your four-legged friend to tackle together. All of the campsites at Georgia State parks welcome leashed dogs. Rangers even lead regular dog hikes at two of the closest parks to Atlanta – ...

6:32 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

If you're the kind of person who shops for hiking gear at both a sporting goods and a pet store, Georgia has plenty of getaways for you and your four-legged friend to tackle together. All of the campsites at Georgia State parks welcome leashed dogs. Rangers even lead regular dog hikes at two of the closest parks to Atlanta – ...
Take this aerial adventure near one of Georgia's most beautiful waterfalls
 Ready to take leaf peeping to all new heights in North Georgia? Now, you can get a squirrel's-eye-view of the mountain foliage from the new Aerial Adventure Park near the tumbling waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. The park opened in August, so here's what to know before you go: Zip lining is meant to be zippy. The park has...

4:50 PM Wednesday, Sep. 07, 2016

Ready to take leaf peeping to all new heights in North Georgia? Now, you can get a squirrel's-eye-view of the mountain foliage from the new Aerial Adventure Park near the tumbling waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. The park opened in August, so here's what to know before you go: Zip lining is meant to be zippy. The park has...