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Interim Hiking Trails
Interim Hiking Trails — Our Unpolished Gems
As part of the emerging Atlanta BeltLine trail system, Interim Hiking Trails first became accessible to the public in the spring of 2010 for the inaugural season of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. The hiking trails on the east side are accessible to the public in their unfinished state until funding is available to build out these sections of the corridor The Westside Trail will be open as an interim hiking trail until construction commences this fall. Visitors must follow the rules of use below. Check our interactive map (link to beltline.org/map) for access points to these trails.
Unlike the West End Trail, Northside Trail and the Eastside Trail, the Interim Hiking Trails are more like unpolished gems. In the roughly seven miles of hiking trails on the east and west sides of the Atlanta BeltLine, there has been no construction in these corridors since the railroads ceased operations. Call it the Atlanta BeltLine in its natural state.
Eastside Hiking Trail Northern Extension
This section starts across Monroe Drive from the Eastside Trail just north of the Park Tavern parking lot. Again, this stretch is rough and bumpy. It goes underneath Park Drive and alongside the dog park. After crossing the driveway to the Piedmont Park parking deck, there is a continuous trek free of road crossings, behind Ansley Mall, all the way up to the bridge that is Montgomery Ferry Drive. Beyond that point, semi-active rail reappears and marks the end of our interim hiking trail at this time. In May of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Atlanta BeltLine $600,000 to remediate this stretch of corridor, and environmental work is currently underway.
This walk totals 1.4 miles and parking is available in Park Tavern’s paid parking lot, the Piedmont Park parking deck, and at the back of Ansley Mall off of Monroe Drive.
Eastside Hiking Trail Southern Extension
This hiking trail is the shortest of the three at just .4 miles. It also has a fairly rough and uneven surface. Wylie Street and Hulsey Yard are the northern boundary. Starting next to Flat Shoals Avenue, it continues south along the tracks, across Kirkwood Avenue, to Memorial Drive. Coming from the south, the trail entrance is sandwiched between two landmarks – H. Harper Station (the old rail depot turned restaurant) and the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing. Design is currently at 60% for this stretch of the corridor and construction is scheduled to commence later this year.
Parking for this stretch is available along the street on Wylie Street and Kirkwood Avenue.
Please note that, as an active construction site, the Westside Trail is no longer open to the public. Stay tuned to the Westside Trail page for construction progress.
Maintenance issues on the trail can be reported by calling and leaving a detailed message at 404.477.3687. If possible, take a photo and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies.