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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. For parking info, please see our frequently asked questions below.

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

In coordination with the City of Atlanta, ABI rebuilt the Edgewood Avenue Bridge over the Atlanta BeltLine corridor south of Irwin Street. Construction will begin in 2014 to connect the current southern terminus of the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street down to Memorial Drive. This phase will begin after the ramp and stairs are complete from the Edgewood Avenue bridge to the corridor. The interim hiking trail between Irwin Street and DeKalb Avenue will reopen before construction begins. Want more Eastside Trail? You can continue north on our interim hiking trail for a mile to just past Ansley Mall. Read more about our interim hiking trails.


Eastside Trail Frequently Asked Questions

When will transit be built on the eastside corridor?

Transit construction will begin in Period 1 (between 2014-2018) of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Strategic Implementation Plan. The first phase of transit will connect to the Atlanta Streetcar with two cross-town connections and transit on the east and west sides of the Atlanta BeltLine. You can read more about the Atlanta BeltLine / Atlanta Streetcar System Plan here and download the Final Report, which breaks transit construction down into phases for the entire streetcar network.

Where can I park to access the Eastside Trail?

Parking is available at the northern end of the trail in the paid lot beside Park Tavern (on Monroe Drive just north of the intersection with 10th Street. On-street parking is available at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark with a direct connection to the trail. You may also park on the streets surrounding Historic Fourth Ward Park, but the Gateway Trail, which will provide a direct connection to the Eastside Trail, is currently under construction and scheduled to open by fall 2014. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can park at the Piedmont Park / Atlanta Botanical Garden paid parking deck and walk our interim hiking trail south to where it meets the paved trail.

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.

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. All signs must comply with the City of Atlanta’s sign ordinance.

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