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Eastside Trail

Ready to Explore

A combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace, the Eastside Trail was 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 Reynoldstown.


Blue icons indicate ADA-accessible access points.

With the addition of the southern extension, the Eastside Trail now extends 3 miles from Midtown to Reynoldstown. Ultimately, the Eastside Trail will link to additional segments, offering a conduit of connectivity throughout the Atlanta BeltLine. Upon completion, the entire Atlanta BeltLine will link 45 intown neighborhoods with 33 miles of walkable, bikeable access and recreational opportunities.


Trail Details

Location

3 miles from Midtown to Reynoldstown. Connects Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park trail, Virginia Highland, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown and Inman Park neighborhoods.

Access Points

There are different 19 access points. 17 access points are ADA-accessible. (ADA-accessible access points are indicated with blue icons.)

Parking

Parking is available at the northern end of the trail in the paid lot beside Park Tavern and at the Piedmont Park / Atlanta Botanical Garden paid parking deck (then walk our interim hiking trail south to where it meets the paved trail.)

On-street parking is available at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark with a direct connection to the trail. There is on-street parking around Historic Fourth Ward Park and use the Gateway Trail, which provides a direct connection between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Hours

The Eastside Trail will maintain City of Atlanta park hours: 6 a.m. through 11 p.m.

Expanding the Eastside Trail

The 3-mile trail will expand to the south and north in phases.

Southern Extension Phase I

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the first phase of the Eastside Trail’s southern extension officially opened – from Irwin Street to Kirkwood Avenue. 

This phase of construction began in 2016 and extended the 14-foot multi-use concrete trail from Irwin Street/Lake Avenue to the bridge, ramp, and stairs at Edgewood Avenue. At Edgewood Avenue, the trail temporarily diverts to Krog Street until North American Properties completes their development on Dekalb Avenue. At Dekalb Avenue, street improvements have made the intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The trail then continues beneath the Krog Tunnel, where handrail and lighting improvements were also made. At Wylie Street, the trail continues down the north side of the street before turning back into the corridor by Flat Shoals Avenue, ending at Kirkwood Avenue.

The Eastside Trail extension, along with all newly opened Atlanta BeltLine trails, includes lighting and security cameras.

Southern Extension Phase II

The second phase of the extension will pick up where the trail ends at Kirkwood Avenue and continue on to Memorial Drive. This phase of construction includes building a speed table at Kirkwood Avenue (similar to the speed table at Irwin Street). 

We will soon be seeking a contractor to construct Phase II. We will make more announcements about the timeline for this phase in the near future.

Northern Interim Hiking Trail 

The current paved Eastside Trail ends at 10th Street and Monroe Drive. The interim hiking trail (currently unpaved) extends another mile alongside Piedmont Park and behind Ansley Mall up to the “Wye” over the Buford Spring Connector. It is open and walkable up to the Montgomery Ferry Drive bridge. Read our blog for the latest news on the northern end of this stretch of trail.

A Note on Interim Hiking Trails

The interim hiking trails 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.

Life on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Hear from the neighbors about what life on the Atlanta BeltLine means to them!

Life on the Atlanta BeltLine Video Series

Featuring: Dr. Alex Rodriguez

Dr. Alex Rodriguez lives, works, and commutes on the Eastside Trail. In addition to owning Inman Park Dentristry, he also exhibits two of his art pieces as part of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s collection.


Featuring: Jenny

The third episode of the Life on the Atlanta BeltLine follows the story of Jenny, a cancer survivor who utilized the Eastside Trail to facilitate her recovery process and ultimately regain her health and well-being.  As Jenny sees it, Atlanta BeltLine “saved [her] life and [her] health.”


Featuring: David Chandley

Atlanta meteorologist David Chandley and wife Lynn share how they’ve been able to embrace a more convenient lifestyle since moving along the Atlanta BeltLine.


Featuring: Julie

Julie talks about how walking and running the Atlanta BeltLine helped sustain her drastic weight loss for over six years.


Business on the Atlanta BeltLine Video Series

Featuring: Kevin Rathbun — Restaurant Industry

As of the end of 2014, over $2.4 billion in private investment has taken place in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area. In this short video, Kevin Rathbun talks about the Atlanta BeltLine’s effect on his business and employees, and his views on the future impact of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Watch More

Check out other videos from the Life on the Atlanta BeltLine series to learn more about the benefits of the Atlanta BeltLine.

View Business on the Atlanta BeltLine video series to visit some of the many businesses along the Atlanta BeltLine, and explore how the Atlanta BeltLine and its culture have impacted their business.

Project Benefits
  • A 14-foot wide multi-use trail with connecting spur trails
  • 3 miles in length from Midtown to Reynoldstown
  • Connects to greenspaces and partner trails: Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park, the Stone Mountain Trail, and Lang Carson Park
  • Connects intown neighborhoods: Virginia Highland, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Cabbagetown, and Reynoldstown neighborhoods
  • Stitches together dining and shopping destinations
  • Creates a safe way for students to get to and from Grady High School
  • Security cameras tie into the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center
  • A dedicated Path Force public safety unit patrols the corridor on foot and by bike
  • MARTA rail stations are within walking distance of the northern and southern ends of the trail
Keeping the Trail Safe

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 fixit@atlbeltline.org.

Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies.

Etiquette on the Atlanta BeltLine

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 Eddy Cat’s helpful etiquette tips!