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Overview

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.

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.

Food & 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

Recommended Routes in Atlanta - 5

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Favorite Sometimes even the bridge itself (over Ponce de Leon) gets some artwork!
Easy

Beltline Eastside Trail: Piedmont Park to Krog Street Market

6.2 mi 10.0 km 182' Up 55.46 m Up 178' Down 54.31 m Down

Druid H…, GA
Favorite Doll's Head Trail, Atlanta
Easy/Intermediate

Constitution Lakes and Doll's Head Loop

1.6 mi 2.5 km 42' Up 12.9 m Up 46' Down 14.03 m Down

Gresham…, GA
Favorite Boardwalk
Easy

Decatur Water Works Ruins

1.8 mi 2.9 km 77' Up 23.6 m Up 77' Down 23.6 m Down

North D…, GA
Favorite Trail next to scenic stream, just before cascade.
Easy

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Loop

1.7 mi 2.8 km 142' Up 43.24 m Up 142' Down 43.24 m Down

East Point, GA
Favorite The "Behold" Monument commemorating MLK Jr. on the grounds of the MLK Visitor Center.
Easy/Intermediate

Freedom Park (Stone Mountain) Trail

7.3 mi 11.8 km 348' Up 106.03 m Up 348' Down 106.03 m Down

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Hiking

  • 55 Miles 89 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 47 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 8 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Atlanta - 50

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1.1 mi 1.9 km #1South Peachtree Creek Trail
Easy
North Decatur, GA
Easy
North Decatur, GA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #2Piedmont Park Trail
Easy
Druid Hills, GA
Easy
Druid Hills, GA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3North Beltline Trail
Easy
Atlanta, GA
Easy
Atlanta, GA
3.3 mi 5.3 km #4Freedom Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Atlanta, GA
Easy/Intermediate
Atlanta, GA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #5North Druid Hills Extension
Easy
North Decatur, GA
Easy
North Decatur, GA
3.7 mi 5.9 km #6Beltline Eastside Trail
Easy
Atlanta, GA
Easy
Atlanta, GA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #7Morningside Loop
Easy/Intermediate
North Druid Hills, GA
Easy/Intermediate
North Druid Hills, GA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Frasier Forest Trails
Easy/Intermediate
Druid Hills, GA
Easy/Intermediate
Druid Hills, GA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #9Hahn Woods Trail
Intermediate
North Druid Hills, GA
Intermediate
North Druid Hills, GA
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10Constitution Lakes Trail
Easy
Gresham Park, GA
Easy
Gresham Park, GA

Photos of Atlanta - 36

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South Fork of the Peachtree Creek
Apr 4, 2022 near North D…, GA
Dam built by Washington Jackson Houston and the remnants of a single-lane iron bridge that once carried traffic on Houston Mill Road across the Peachtree Creek
Apr 4, 2022 near North D…, GA
Sometimes even the bridge itself (over Ponce de Leon) gets some artwork!
May 13, 2018 near Druid H…, GA
An example of the kind of artwork one finds along the Beltline. Note: Most of the works on display will change at least once a year.
May 13, 2018 near Druid H…, GA
A branch of Lullwater Creek flows through Frazer Forest.
May 18, 2022 near Druid H…, GA
Bridge near the Frazer Center trail access.
May 18, 2022 near Druid H…, GA
Beaver Pond photo blind in the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
Apr 11, 2022 near North D…, GA
One of several access to Shoal Creek along the trail.
Mar 28, 2022 near Belvede…, GA