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Eastside Trail

Shuffle Your Feet Along The Eastside!

A combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace, the Eastside Trail is the first finished section of the Atlanta BeltLine trail in the old rail corridor. The Eastside Trail, which was funded by a combination of public and private philanthropic sources, runs from the tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Easy Access

Getting around popular destinations like Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward is now a whole lot easier with the opening of the Eastside Trail. A combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace, the Eastside Trail is the first finished section of the Atlanta BeltLine trail in the old rail corridor. The Eastside Trail, which was funded by a combination of public and private philanthropic sources, runs along the railroad corridor from 10th Street & Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park down to Irwin Street near DeKalb Avenue.

The official dedication for the trail was held on October 15, 2012. For the latest news, please peruse the Eastside Trail category on our blog. You can view frequently updated Eastside Trail photo albums on this site, too.


Map of Eastside Trail
Pictured: Map of the Eastside Trail with access points. Explore our interactive map


No Stone Unturned

Environmental remediation of the 100-year-old former rail corridor was completed in April 2011, with more than 1,700 tons of contaminated soil removed. Construction has included significant amount of excavation and new infrastructure such as drainage systems, a utility duct bank, and beautiful granite-clad retaining walls to preserve the full width of the corridor to accommodate greenspace, trail and future transit operations.


A Bigger, Better Trail Lies Ahead

Working in coordination with the City of Atlanta, ABI is rebuilding the Edgewood Avenue Bridge over the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This project impacts the completion of the quarter mile section of the trail linking Irwin Street and DeKalb Avenue. That portion of the trail will remain unfinished until work on the Edgewood Bridge is complete. Work on its demolition and reconstruction will proceed from early 2013 into mid-2014.


Eastside Trail Frequently Asked Questions

When will transit be built on the eastside corridor?

Transit will be built as part of the expansion of the City of Atlanta Streetcar network. ABI continues to work with the City on a citywide Transit Implementation Strategy that will prioritize which segments of the Atlanta BeltLine will be built first, and when (pending funding). Mayor Reed, as Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Transit Committee, will continue to work on the implementation of Concept 3 which includes the Atlanta BeltLine and streetcar network as well as long term financing and governance plans.

Will the trail connect to Ponce de Leon Avenue?

Yes. The Atlanta BeltLine received a federal grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative to construct ADA-accessible ramp at Ponce de Leon Avenue. This same grant will also go towards pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Ponce de Leon Avenue.

How do I report a maintenance issue that I see on the trail?

We have a “fix it” line for reporting maintenance issues. Just call and leave a detailed message at 404.477.3687. If possible, take a photo and send it to us at fixit@atlbeltline.org. Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies. 

Will the Eastside Trail connect to shopping centers along its route?

The Atlanta BeltLine is prioritizing access from existing public right-of-way. The Atlanta BeltLine is providing design standards for connections to private developments.

How will the Eastside Trail cross Monroe Drive safely?

A new pedestrian crosswalk with signalization improvements is now installed where the Eastside Trail crosses Monroe Drive for direct access to Piedmont Park. Get more details in our Eastside Trail construction update.

What hours is the Eastside Trail open?

For the immediate future, the trail will maintain City of Atlanta park hours: 6 a.m. through 11 p.m.

Can I post my business’ sign along the trail?

It is illegal to place signs advertising a business within Atlanta BeltLine property along the Eastside Trail. Businesses along the trail are welcome to identify themselves to trail users by putting signs on their own buildings, but no signs are allowed along Atlanta BeltLine property.

10th Street and Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306

Preview the Eastside Trail in under a minute. And then come see the Eastside Trail for yourself!

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Quick Facts
  • 2.25 miles in length from 10th Street and Monroe Drive to Irwin St.
  • First segment of Atlanta BeltLine trail in the old rail corridor
  • Connects Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park trail
  • Connects Virginia Highland, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods
  • Funded by the Atlanta BeltLine TAD and donations to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign from Sarah and Jim Kennedy through the PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente
  • Construction managed by the PATH Foundation
  • Trees Atlanta raising funds and planting 600+ trees as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum
  • Includes underground infrastructure such as storm water drainage and utility duct bank
  • Remediation of the corridor removed more than 1,700 tons of contaminated soil
  • Cleared more than 100 acres of kudzu and other invasive species and overgrowth, trash, debris and litter
  • Designed by corridor design team led by Perkins+Will and Field Operations
Keep the Trail Safe and Courteous

We’re extremely pleased with the large numbers of people using the Eastside Trail on a daily basis and are encouraged to see the high level of positive interaction between trail users. It is creating a new sense of community that is helping to transform Atlanta.

In the spirit of ensuring that everyone helps foster a courteous, safe, and clean experience, we’ve put together a few guidelines for trail use