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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.
Westside Hiking Trail
Unlike other, more commercial and industrial portions of the old railroad corridor, southwest Atlanta grew up predominately residential along the tracks. The terrain is rough and wet in some stretches. On November 12, 2014, a ceremony was held to commemorate the official groundbreaking of the Westside Trail. This trail runs from Washington Park at the end of Lena Street south all the way to Ralph David Abernathy alongside Gordon White Park. Walking southeast from Gordon White Park, the corridor runs behind several warehouses – “Warehouse Row” – a one-mile stretch with only one opportunity to exit the path. For this stretch, the Westside Trail will utilize the existing West End Trail along White Street for half a mile mile.
The trail enters the historic neighborhood of Adair Park, continues through the future urban farm site, and will end at the western end of University Avenue. From one end to the other, the interim hiking trail runs 2.9 miles with no road crossings the entire length. Though heavy equipment is not being used on the site yet, preliminary work is happening and the Westside Trail will soon become an active construction site, closing to the public. Construction is expected to take two years. Keep up to date on Westside Trail construction progress and to find out when the hiking trail will close.
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.
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 email@example.com. Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies.