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Explore Atlanta BeltLine Trails

The Centerpiece of Connectivity

One of the most important aspects of the Atlanta BeltLine project is connectivity. The most immediate way this idea is being realized is through the system of trails that will seamlessly link 45 intown neighborhoods. This 33-mile network of multi-use trails create a pedestrian friendly environment that promotes walking, jogging, biking, and living along the Atlanta BeltLine.

  • Westside
    Trail

    Westside-Trail construction- t Ralph David-Abernathy Blvd. (photo credit the-Sintoses) Explore more →

  • West End
    Trail

    West End trail is 2.4 miles in length from White Street to Westview Cemetery. Explore more →

  • Southwest Connector Spur
    Trail

    Southwest Connector Spur Trail is 4.5 miles and connects Lionel Hampton Trail to Westwood Avenue. Explore more →

  • Northside
    Trail

    Northside Trail is approximately 1 mile in length from Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park through Tanyard Creek Park. (Photo-by-Miguel-Lugo) Explore more →

  • Eastside
    Trail

    Eastside trail is 2 miles in length from 10th Street and Monroe Drive to Irwin St. Explore more →

Accesible to All

The Atlanta BeltLine trail system will comprise the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine corridor, and 11 miles of connecting spur trails that ties the corridor to nearby parks, schools, and neighborhoods. This 33-mile network of multi-use trails creates a pedestrian friendly environment that promotes walking, jogging, biking, and living along the Atlanta BeltLine. Both the corridor and spur trails will also connect to existing and planned citywide trails, including the Stone Mountain Trail, the Eastside Trolley Trail, the Southtown Trail, PATH 400, Proctor Creek Greenway Trail, and the Westside/Lionel Hampton Trail.

Ultimately, the resultant unified system of trails will link parks and neighborhoods city wide with transportation, public space, employment, education, and recreational opportunities. The Atlanta BeltLine 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) identifies trails as some of the first key infrastructure pieces of the project to be implemented. This is due to their relatively low cost, available funding, secured right-of-way, and immediate ease of implementation. Trails still take time to implement, so a series of interim hiking trails, where feasible, allow pedestrians to access the Atlanta BeltLine corridor before permanent trails are constructed.

Highlights

The trail system includes the core 22-mile corridor that follows the original railroad segments, as well as several extensions linking to many of Atlanta’s existing parks and trails. Ultimately, the Atlanta BeltLine will feature 33 miles of multi-use trails. With help from The PATH Foundation, this trail system will not only connect 45 intown neighborhoods, but it will eventually link to a broader path network for the entire metro area and broader region.

Ready to Explore

Thousands of people take in the wonder of the Atlanta BeltLine each day. The multi-use trails create a pedestrian friendly environment that promotes walking, jogging, and biking. Each segment has unique features with distinctive greenspaces, adjoining neighborhoods, and various amenities.

  • Westside
    Trail

    Westside-Trail construction- t Ralph David-Abernathy Blvd. (photo credit the-Sintoses) Explore more →

  • West End
    Trail

    West End trail is 2.4 miles in length from White Street to Westview Cemetery. Explore more →

  • Southwest Connector Spur
    Trail

    Southwest Connector Spur Trail is 4.5 miles and connects Lionel Hampton Trail to Westwood Avenue. Explore more →

  • Northside
    Trail

    Northside Trail is approximately 1 mile in length from Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park through Tanyard Creek Park. (Photo-by-Miguel-Lugo) Explore more →

  • Eastside
    Trail

    Eastside trail is 2 miles in length from 10th Street and Monroe Drive to Irwin St. Explore more →

Explore our incredible trails:

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 from the tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

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Northside Trail+-

The Northside Trail through Tanyard Creek Park treats visitors to one of the most idyllic stretches of the Atlanta BeltLine. The Northside Trail was the first segment of the Atlanta BeltLine trail to open on the north side of Atlanta, and it serves a connector for two previously existing trails.

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Southwest Connector Spur Trail+-

This PATH Foundation-led project will ultimately connect to the Atlanta BeltLine through the Westview neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.

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West End Trail+-

Historic West End was originally called Whitehall, and later grew into Atlanta. From humble trolley stop and railroad beginnings, West End has grown into a vibrant community, and is where the Atlanta BeltLine first became a reality.

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WestsideTrail+-

In September 2013, the City of Atlanta was awarded an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop the southwest corridor of the Atlanta BeltLine. This grant will cover about 40% of the project cost, expediting the trail’s construction by 2-3 years. The Westside Trail is scheduled to open in summer 2017.

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Highlights

Several completed trail segments are already open to the public. It began in 2008 with the opening of the first trail segment in the historic West End neighborhood. In 2012, the Eastside Trail was added, and quickly became the most visited segment on the corridor. The Northside Trail and Southwest Connector Spur Trail, each about one mile long, offer recreation to their surrounding neighborhoods. In 2017, an extension of the Eastside Trail and a new three mile Westside Trail segment opened to the public.

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. Visitors must follow the rules of use below. Check our interactive map (link to beltline.org/map) for access points to these trails.

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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

Please note that, as an active construction site, the southern extension of the Eastside Trail is no longer open to the public. Stay tuned to the Eastside Trail southern extension page for construction progress.

Westside Trail

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.

 

INTERIM HIKING TRAILS: RULES OF USE

The Interim Hiking Tails have no additional lighting, no pavement and limited points of access. Visitors can enjoy these pleasant retreats at their own risk and are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear or use a bicycle that can handle rough terrain. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is not liable for any injury or damage as a result of using these unfinished trails.

Etiquette on the Atlanta BeltLine is a Team Effort!

The Atlanta BeltLine averages more than one million users annually (on par with the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola) and we are thrilled with the new sense of community that you all bring to it! This is a cultural shift that is transforming Atlanta – reconnecting neighborhoods, amenities, and job centers – and we want to ensure that everyone helps foster a courteous, safe, and clean experience.

So what are the rules of etiquette? Watch this video and review the courtesy basics below! Special thanks to Dad’s Garage, Madison James, and the Path Force Unit for participating in the video.


Courtesy Basics

Slow down, sugar!+-

Most people are surprised to see just how quickly they can get to their destination via the Atlanta BeltLine on a wide path, uninterrupted by road crossings. Whether on foot or on bicycle, people are reducing their trip times. Because you’re already getting from point A to point B so much faster, there’s no reason to blow by people and weave around foot traffic. Whether you’re a cyclist or fast runner, please be mindful of other trail users and slow it down around others. Pedestrians always have the right of way, and trail users on bicycles or other non-motorized forms of transport must yield to those on foot.

Slower traffic move to the right.+-

On the paved paths, there is a centerline that runs the length of the trail cut into the concrete, which functions as a painted stripe does on other trails. Please stay to the right of the centerline in the direction you’re traveling. Just like we drive our cars on the road, slower traffic should always stay to the right and allow for faster traffic to pass on the left. If you are on a bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades, or other human-powered, wheeled device and approaching a pedestrian, politely call out “on your left” to let them know you’re approaching.

Talking shoulder this way >.+-

The reunion of family and friends on the trail is always a joyous occasion, unless it involves the clogging of the trail for others (as it usually does). Please step aside to chit chat.

Two’s company, three’s a crowd+-

While the trail can accommodate big groups, we encourage people to walk two side-by-side. When large groups spread out across the trail, it makes it difficult for others to pass. We would like to avoid the all-around frustration that such scenarios cause.

We saw that y’all – pick it up.+-

Whether it’s litter or pet waste, please pick up after yourself and your guests. Litter and recycling bins are now installed at trail access points at Monroe Drive, Greenwood Avenue, Angier Springs, Elizabeth Street, and Lake Avenue / Irwin Street on the Eastside Trail and are also located throughout the parks.

No clothesline on the BeltLine+-

Pets should always be leashed on a six foot leash and kept close by. Taking your dog for a walk should not involve clothes-lining fellow trail users because you are on one side of the path and your dog is at the end of his leash on the other side.

Slow sweet peas at play+-

For kids’ safety, and everyone else’s, parents or caregivers should help their children follow the trail rules and etiquette, and all trail users should be mindful of small children.

Call it in.+-

See a maintenance issue on the trail that needs attention? We have a “fix it line” for that! 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. Atlanta Police Department asks everyone to be mindful of their personal safety and surroundings at all times. Please call 911 to report suspicious activity!

Say hi!+-

Atlanta may be a busy metropolis, but we still take the time to nod hello or wave to strangers as we pass by – it just comes naturally to us. Let’s continue this practice and make the Atlanta BeltLine the friendliest collection of trails in the metro area!


What else can you do to help?

Join the Campaign

Besides following the courtesy basics and trail rules, you can help spread the etiquette message by volunteering for the etiquette campaign. Look for upcoming opportunities on our event calendar and through our friends at Hands on Atlanta. Volunteers stand on the trail for approximately an hour with signs sharing etiquette messages, engaging users on the trail and sharing the courtesy basics. Take a peek at the signs!

Report an Incident

You can now report incidents through our Atlanta BeltLine mobile app. From the main menu, click “Report an incident” and fill out the required information about the incident, providing a photo if possible. You can download the Atlanta BeltLine app in iTunes or Google Play.

Ask Eddy Cat!

Have an etiquette question? Ask our official etiquette ambassador, Eddy Cat! You can reach Eddy Cat at eddy.cat@atlbeltline.org, or on Twitter @beltlineeddycat. Read his etiquette blog here.

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Take them with you!

Download our handy etiquette flyer here and take the courtesy basics with you!

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Official Trail Rules

A special division of the Atlanta Police Department, the Path Force Unit, patrols Atlanta BeltLine trails and parks during open hours: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day.

Signs are posted at trail entrances with the following trail rules:

  • Report illegal activities to 911
  • Place all litter and recycling in receptacles
  • All pets must be on a leash; pick up after your pet
  • No horses are allowed at any time
  • No motorized vehicles allowed (except for wheelchairs)
  • No tents or canopies allowed, except by special permit
  • No equipment that calls for independent power, except by special permit
  • Games and activities that could harm the landscaped area are prohibited
  • No glass containers allowed
  • No amplified music allowed, except by special permit
  • No selling of food or other items, except by special permit
  • No alcoholic beverages, except by special permit
  • Absolutely no drugs or illegal substances allowed

A Deeper Look

The trails are a major component of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Due to their relatively low cost, available funding, secured right-of-way, and immediate ease of implementation, trails have been among the first pieces of infrastructure to be created along the corridor. Here, we offer detailed information about current and future trail segments.

These documents can all be downloaded as PDFs. The Master Plans files may exceed 100 pages each and the Appendices may exceed 200+ pages, so please plan for large files sizes.

Trail Fact Sheets+-

DocumentDescription
Download Westside Trail Fact SheetDownload this fact sheet to learn more about the Westside trail.
Download Eastside Trail Fact SheetDownload this fact sheet to learn more about the Eastside trail.

The PATH Foundation

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The PATH Foundation is responsible for building a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. This system of scenic greenways preserve our region’s forested character and offer opportunities for families to enjoy nature together.

KEEP THE TRAIL SAFE AND COURTEOUS

Be Hip. Follow the Tips.

The Atlanta BeltLine is growing in popularity every day. With thousands of people sharing this public space, it is important that we all follow basic rules of etiquette to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience! Have fun on the Atlanta BeltLine!

Check out these helpful tips!