Mountain Park, Georgia is a suburb of Atlanta and a census-designated place (CDP) in Gwinnett County located about 30 minutes east of Atlanta on US 78-W. The community was one of the earliest residential growth areas of Gwinnett County, being close to Atlanta. Gwinnett County was established in 1818, but the Creek and Cherokee Indians lived in the Mountain Park area before that. It’s unincorporated because there is a town by the name of Mountain Park north of Roswell that was incorporated in 1927, and efforts to incorporate the area fizzled out.
Mountain Park CDP is defined as a concentration of population by the US Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. The area was previously called Trickum and many residents still refer to the Five Forks Trickum Road and Rockbridge intersection as Trickum. The name ‘Trickum’ refers to the desire of the area’s residents to trick the Union army as it foraged through the area during the Civil War.
The Mountain Park area is located about an hour down I-285 from the most visited tourist site in the state of Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, owned by the state of Georgia and managed by Herschend Family Entertainment, and about 53 minutes from Forest Park via I-75.
Mountain Park, GA Population & Demographics
The population of Mountain Park is 13,580, with about 2,300 people living in each square mile of the 5.8 square mile area. The median age of Mountain Park residents is just under 39 years old which is about 10% older than the Atlanta metro area. The area is split equally between males and females and the racial makeup of Mountain Park is approximately 60% white, 21% black, 12% Asian, and 3% Hispanic.
People living in Mountain Park enjoy an above-average median household income of $75,885, which is 10% higher than the Atlanta Metro area and about 1.3 times the state of Georgia’s median household income of $58,700. The population also has an above-average education level, with 90% achieving high school graduation and 40% having obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Before moving to the area you’ll want to know if Mountain Park is a safe place to live. People living in Mountain Park consider the northeast portion of the city to be the safest. In general, the city experiences a rate of crime of 7.33 per 1,000 residents in a typical year. The area is served by the second-largest police agency in the state of Georgia, the Gwinnett County Police Department. They have 930 officers and 129 communications officers.
Cost of Living in Mountain Park, GA
Cost of living in Mountain Park is slightly above the US average and also above the cost of living for the state of Georgia.
The area has a competitive housing market. Mountain Park median home prices were up 28% in 2021 over last year, selling at $370,895. Homes spend an average of 56 days on the market before selling and 42% of homes sell for 2% above the listing price, with some homes selling for 4% over the asking price. Click here for a current list of Mountain Park homes for sale.
According to Point2Homes, the average apartment rent in Mountain Park, Georgia is $1300.
Mountain Park, GA Neighborhoods | Best Place to Live in Mountain Park
As you’re considering your options for where to live in Mountain Park, you’ll want to learn more about the neighborhoods, schools, and amenities to find the best Mountain Park neighborhoods for your needs. Any of the neighborhoods are a good option for people working in Atlanta but wanting to live in a more suburban area. It is about a 30-minute drive from Mountain Park to Atlanta. Here are some of the best places to live in Mountain Park.
The Four Winds neighborhood is a populated place within Mountain Park, with a portion of the neighborhood extending into Lilburn. Families in the neighborhood send their children to Arcado Elementary School, Trickum Middle School, and Parkview High School.
The neighborhood of Mountain Brooke is bounded by Mountainbrooke Ct SW and Mountainbrooke Cir SW. The area is 1020 feet above sea level.
Trickum was the original name for Mountain Park and still remains the name for the neighborhood centered along Five Forks Trickum Rd. Trickum is the closest neighborhood to Mountain Park Park, and JB Williams Park.
Located just 7 minutes from Stone Mountain Park via Pounds Rd SW, Corinth Hills is a great neighborhood in Mountain Park. The people living in Corinth Hills consider the northern part of the city to be the safest, with 1 in 57 chance of being a victim of a crime.
Mountain Park Weather & Climate
If you’re more a fan of warm weather than cold, you’ll find the Mountain Park climate perfect. With only a 3-month cool-season running from November to February, you can probably get by with just one winter coat in your closet, but make sure it is water-repellant or that you have a raincoat because the winters are wet. January is the coldest month with an average low temperature of 36°F and a high at 53°F. If you’re moving to Mountain Park from a colder state, like New York, you may not even need a heavy coat for what Georgia considers their cold season!
The summers are hot and muggy, with average temperatures above 82°F. The hottest month of the year is July, where the lowest temperatures are still a warm 71°F and the high temperatures of 89°F to 95°F send many people in search of air conditioning.
Things to Do in Mountain Park
There’s plenty to do in the area, whether you’re looking for things to do in Mountain Park with kids or fun things to do for couples.
Mountain Park Park
A 44 acre park in the Trickum area, Mountain Park Park is among the top family things to do and offers something for everyone. There is a skate complex, six baseball fields, a football field, six tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, and playgrounds. There are public restrooms, grills, and a pavilion, too. There is a soft surface trail and a mile-long paved multi-purpose trail if you like to hike.
5050 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047, (678) 277-0890
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Mountain Park Aquatic Center
The Mountain Park Aquatic Center is a great activity no matter the weather thanks to the indoor and outdoor pool options. Outside, the pool features a zero-depth entry and two giant waterslides, river channel, and bubble bench. Inside, there is a competition/lap pool with 500 seat spectator area, and a separate instruction pool open year round.
1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain 30087, (678) 277- 0870
Mountain Park, GA Restaurants
You have a few casual options for a meal when you’re looking to grab lunch or dinner without leaving Mountain Park.
Always Fresh Neighborhood Market and Restaurant
Starting as a fruit stand on the corner of Five Forks Trickum and Rockbridge Road, Always Fresh moved indoors with the goal of becoming the neighborhood market for fresh produce, locally made breads, desserts, and canned jams. When the produce didn’t sell in time, the owner turned it into vegetable soup to give away to customers. The community loved the soup and the market added a restaurant.
5394 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047, (678) 380 – 4656
Sweet Basil Asian Kitchen
Sweet Basil is a delicious eatery for a quick and informal lunch or dinner. The menu features typical Chinese dishes like Kung Pao chicken and chop suey.
1227 Rockbridge Rd SW #210, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, (770) 381- 0282
Grass VBQ Joint
Selected as Southern Living’s Chef of the Year 2021, the Grass VBQ Joint uses local ingredients for full flavor in a healthier option for a plant-based barbeque. Grass VBQ makes their mock meats in-house, smoking for five hours with their signature blend of cherry, maple, and hickory wood. Soy-free and nut-free options are available.
5385 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW Suite B-1, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, (678) 609 – 7048
Jobs in Mountain Park, GA
Jobs for people living in Mountain Park pay an average median salary of $75,885 per year. Top employers within Gwinnett County include:
- Gwinnett County Public Schools, with over 21,000 employees
- Gwinnett County Government, with 5,676 employees
- Northside Hospital, with 5,165 employees
- Publix, with over 3,863 employees
Try searching for Mountain Park, GA (Gwinnett County) jobs to find local opportunities.
Mountain Park, GA Schools
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Families with children in Mountain Park are served by the Gwinnett County Public School District, with over 139 schools. The schools are rated highly. Two schools are located within the boundaries of the neighborhood, the Mountain Park Elementary School and Trickum Middle School.
Everyone with a desire to learn something new, or wanting to immerse themselves in the pages of a book can take advantage of the Gwinnett County Public Library Mountain Park Branch located on Pounds Road SW in Lilburn.
Mountain Park, GA Statistics & Information
Residents of Mountain Park in Gwinnett County, receive mail to zipcodes 30087 and 30047 and use area codes 678 and 770. Georgia is in the Eastern time zone.
Mountain Park sits at an elevation of 1,020 feet. The census-designated place has a total area of 5.8 square miles of which only .17% is water.
Map of Mountain Park
Tips for Living in Mountain Park
- If you’re moving from a colder climate, donate or sell some of your winter clothes, snowboots, and winter coats as you won’t need more than a few cold weather items to get through the cold season.
- Shop at the Always Fresh Neighborhood Market and Restaurant for your local produce and enjoy lunch or dinner while you’re there.
- Consider looking into the safest neighborhoods in the northeast portion of Mountain Park first.
- Get a FUNCARD at the Mountain Park Aquatic Center for discounted admissions to any of the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation facilities.
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