Introduction to Norcross, Georgia
Located in Gwinnett county, Norcross, Georgia, is 9 miles E of Sandy Springs, Georgia (center to center) and 16 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is part of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Norcross was officially designated in the year 1870, in an area formerly inhabited by the Cherokee and Creek Indians. The Norcross Historic District is along the eastern continental divide; this ridge played an important role in the settlement that took city in the area. Initially, the ridgeline acted as the main transportation route. In the early 1800s, two American forts were founded due to the war of 1812; these were the Peachtree Fort in Atlanta and Fort Daniel at Hog Mountain. The old Indian trail that connected both the forts came to be known as the original Peachtree Road. The city got its name from Hon. Jonathan Norcross, a former Atlanta mayor.
Norcross and nearby Attractions
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
- Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
- Sweetwater Creek State Park
- Southeastern Railway Museum
- Panola Mountain State Park
Things To Do In Norcross
The Red Top Mountain State Park, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Panola Mountain State Park, and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area are located in the city. The River Pines Golf Club, Heritage Golf Club, and Atlanta Golf Center are the area's local golf courses. The city's shopping center include Indian Village Shopping Center, Norcross Plaza Shopping Center and Norcross Shopping Center. The local churches include the Galilean Church, First United Church, and First Baptist Church of Norcross. The Art Fest is the annual event hosted by the city in the month of October.
The closest airport to the city is The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.
Norcross Higher Education
Higher education is available at Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, and Clark Atlanta University.