downtown austell


It all started when...

Nestled in southwest Cobb County, Austell is a small southern city located 18 miles west of the city of Atlanta. The city is 5.7 square miles with a population of roughly 7,000. Originally famous as a natural health resort, the city now boasts an active downtown with a serene, picturesque setting of parks and oak trees. 

Historically recognized as a therapeutic city, the city of Austell was founded in 1885, after the neighboring Lithia Springs earned prominence by game hunters for its curative properties in the early 1800s. The emergent popularity of the spring resulted in an increased migration of people, forcing the owner of the property around Austell, Mr. G.O. Mozeley, to subdivide and sell forty acres of his lot, leading to the creation of the city of Salt Springs. The old Georgia Pacific railways added to the eminence of the city by not only making it a transit station, but also a division node for the two routes of Birmingham and Chattanooga. To honor the work of General Alfred Austell in establishing railway networks in the south, the city was later named ‘Austell.’

Strategically located 4 miles north of the Interstate 20, the city of Austell is well connected with major cities like Marietta, Douglasville, Hiram and Atlanta. The city continues to be a significant station division terminal, hosting several trains and transferring passengers each day.


things to do

boredom is not an option


Train Watching

Austell is home to the largest train terminal east of the Mississippi river. Grab a seat downtown to see a variety of engine makes and models. Trains come through on a fifteen minute interval. 


shopping & dining

Downtown Austell boasts great food and unique retail. Anywhere from country dining to exotic animals, it's all here.


Famous sausage, rail yards, roller coasters and more... 


Hundreds of acres of floodplain allow for easy access to trails and Sweetwater creek.


Historic buildings and age old businesses are supported by the strong past of Austell.