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Metro Atlanta is situated in the Appalachian Piedmont, featuring pine and hardwood-covered hills, rocks, and roots, all criss-crossed by water. Any trail built in this area may start out smooth, but it won't remain that way long. Water and wear bring out the natural features of the soil, making even beginner trails a bit of a challenge.

Wildlife abounds throughout all of the trail systems. Be prepared to stop for turkeys, turtles, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, snakes, lizards, foxes, raccoon and opossums.

Food and Drink

Best Eats:
  • Sope Creek: Heritage BBQ
  • Blankets Creek and Rope Mill: 7 Tequilas, Canyon Burgers, Pure, Taqueria Tsunami, Papa P's, Taste of Italy, Marco's Pizza, Sidelines Grille
  • Big Creek MTB Park: Mr. Taco, Pure, Lucky's
  • Chicopee Woods: El Sombrero, Eat at Thai

Visiting Tips

It's possible to hike in Atlanta year-round. The freeze-thaw cycle can be an issue during December and January so check conditions before you go out.
Sunset Hike on the Atlanta BeltLine: Dec 10 - Piedmont Park Northwoods
Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor and other like-minded hikers on an evening adventure in one of Atlanta's best intown hiking areas. Watching the sunset on the Atlanta skyline is a wonderful way to experience our unique and beautiful city. Details
How to Ride a Bike - One on One Instruction: Dec 11 - Brook Run Park
Join us for a private one-on-one instruction session with an Outdoor School cycling instructor. We will provide customized instruction on beginning bike skills and how to ride a bike. Open to adults or kids aged 5 and up. Details
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