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In southwest Atlanta, you can access the Atlanta BeltLine’s paved West End Trail as well as the interim hiking trail (in the actual old rail corridor) from the Gordon White Park at the intersection of White Street, Ralph David Abernathy, and Langhorn Street. The West End Trail (the paved, multi-use trail) runs from Brown Middle School and Rose Circle Park up White Street to Gordon White Park. From the park, it travels north to Westview Drive and directly west to Westview Cemetery.
If you want to take a peaceful hike through the woods off-road, just cross White Street to the south of Gordon White Park and you’ll see a large greenspace and hill that descends into the old railroad corridor. The rail corridor historically ran behind this row of warehouses and will house modern streetcar that will connect neighborhoods to amenities like the Kroger Citi-Center, recreations centers, and libraries.
Gordon White Park was one of the first parks to be renovated as part of the Atlanta BeltLine. Phase I of the West End Trail opened in October 2008. The park is now used for neighborhood festivals and free concerts as part of Art on the Atlanta Beltline. The mural seen in the video was completed by renowned street artist Doodle during Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2011.
White Street and the old railroad corridor form a triangle of greenspace that will eventually link together with Gordon White Park to form a wide swath of linear park.
If you’ve ever run the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Southwest 5k, then you’ve run along this stretch of paved and unpaved trail!