The historic Oakland Cemetery is at 248 Oakland Avenue SE near downtown Atlanta. Next to the King Memorial MARTA station on the blue and green rail lines, the cemetery isn’t just for the dead — there are lively events throughout the year, including Halloween tours, Sunday in the Park and Tunes from the Tombs, a music festival that supports the cemetery.
- Take a blue or green line train to the King Memorial station. If you are commuting from the red or gold rail line, exit at the Five Points station and follow the signs to the eastbound platform. You can take any eastbound train to King Memorial.
- Once at the station, walk to street level and turn left to walk south on Hillard/Grant Street at the stoplight. The entrance to the cemetery is about a block away on the left. Total walking time is about six minutes.
Unless there is an event going on at the cemetery, the surrounding side streets usually don’t have a great deal of pedestrian traffic, so don’t be spooked.
If you plan to eat nearby, restaurants around the cemetery include Augustine’s (which has an outdoor bocce ball court), Ria’s Bluebird, Republic Social House, Six Feet Under and Tin Lizzy’s.