Best of MARTA: Lakewood/Ft. McPherson Station

Many commuters only know the Lakewood/Ft. McPherson MARTA station as a stop on the way to the airport or the place to go to reach one of Atlanta’s outdoor concert venues. In somewhat of a “destination desert,” there isn’t a great deal to see and do near the station, but there are a few places worth noting. See the list below to start exploring.

Fort McPherson Redevelopment

Many developments near MARTA stations are underway, and Fort McPherson may soon be one of them. But there’s a lot of concern and questions about what is really going at the fort and who is buying and selling and redeveloping what.

It seems Tyler Perry has purchased a large portion of land, which actually includes some amazing amenities including beautiful architecture (see above photo), lakes, a golf course, large greenspaces and a movie theater. There’s a concern that that the neighboring communities and Atlanta residents will continue to be walled off from these recreational and functional spaces across the street from the MARTA station. If nothing else, stay tuned and see what you can do as a citizen to make sure Fort McPherson is preserved and made available to the public.

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Although not in walking distance, you can connect with two bus routes at the MARTA station to get to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood: 42 and 178. Real-time bus map and schedules are available in the MARTA on the Go app.

Sylvan Hills

An affordable neighborhood with a mix of residents, Sylvan Hills has a range of homes built over several decades. The neighborhood is across the railroad tracks from Ft. McPherson and near downtown East Point restaurants and events. View current Sylvan Hills homes for sale if you’re shopping around for a new home.

American Wing and Deli

There’s not many places to get food near the Lakewood MARTA station, but the closest is American Wing and Deli on Main Street. It is about seven minutes away on foot, just behind a gas station. Take the Main Street exit out of the MARTA station — you’ll cross over Main Street on the pedestrian bridge as you depart the station. At street level, walk through the parking lot to Main Street and turn right.

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Navigating the Lakewood/Ft. McPherson Station