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Northside Trail Draft

Scenic Beauty on the Northside

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.


Blue icons indicate ADA-accessible access points.

With the opening of the Northside Trail in April 2010, the neighborhoods around Collier Hills are now linked by a continuous mile long trail. The updated trail traverses the Howard Property, “Cathedral Woods,” and Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta Memorial Park, completing a gap between the existing trail in Ardmore Park and another that terminates at the intersection of Northside Drive and Woodward Way.

In 2015, the PATH Foundation completed construction on the Northside Spur Trail, an extension that splits off from the Northside Trail just north of Collier Road. The extension adds a third of a mile long spur to the Northside Trail, connecting it to the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and Northside Drive.


Accessing the Trail

From Ardmore Road

The Northside Trail Ts into the west side of Ardmore Road midway between Collier Road and 28th Street. Parking is available along the neighborhood streets.

From Collier Road

Tanyard Creek Park and the northside trail are just off of Collier Road in between Peachtree and Northside Drive. There is a small parking lot across from Overbrook Drive with a path into the park.

From Goodson Lane

From Peachtree Road, turn west down 26th Street and make a right on Goodson Lane. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot beside the row of townhomes. Parking is restricted within the townhome complex, but is available along nearby neighborhood streets.

Trail Details

Location

Approximately 1 mile in length from Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park through Tanyard Creek Park.

Access Points

There are 16 different access points. 14 access points are ADA-accessible. (ADA-accessible access points are indicated with blue icons.)

Parking

Parking is available only on neighborhood streets. Please be respectful of residents.

ADA-accessible

Blue icons on the map indicate ADA-accessible access points.

A Perfect Place to Relax and Recreate

The Northside Trail was developed with innovative techniques and design features intended to mitigate environmental impacts. The trail's proximity to Tanyard Creek required special considerations for water collection and runoff.

Maintaining the Natural Order

The trail alignment through Tanyard Creek Park runs along the extreme western edge of the meadow. To minimize the visual impact on the meadow, the trail was routed through existing naturalization areas. Innovative environmental techniques were utilized to create new naturalization areas along the trail edge and between the trail and the creek. Design features were implemented to preserve historic growth and usher storm water runoff away from Tanyard Creek.

The trail from Ardmore Park to the Northside Drive and Woodward Way intersection was funded through a federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant and matching funds from the PATH Foundation. The trail’s design and construction were managed by the PATH Foundation.


Recreation at Tanyard Creek Park

Tanyard Creek Park has some neat features of its own. Two playgrounds and acres of greenspace give the surrounding neighborhoods access to both active and passive amenities, with the brand new spur opening up the tennis center to more residents.

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Tranquility Amidst the Bustling City

Built by PATH and opened in 2010, the Northside Trail was the second Atlanta BeltLine trail to open. Roughly one mile in length, the trail winds through Tanyard Creek Park to Ardmore Park.

The Northside Trail runs under Collier Road near Piedmont Hospital, and connects Collier Hills with Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Colonial Homes area by way of Louise G. Howard Park, a former residential lot purchased from the Howard family by the Trust for Public Land. A central feature of the Northside Trail is the railroad trestle it passes beneath, part of the currently-active CSX rail line that is considered the northwest Atlanta BeltLine transit corridor.

Northside Spur Trail Extention

Northside Spur Trail, an extension that splits off from the Northside Trail just north of Collier Road. The extension adds a third of a mile long spur to the Northside Trail, connecting it to the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and Northside Drive.

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Business on the Atlanta BeltLine Video Series

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Project Facts
  • Approximately 1 mile in length from Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park through Tanyard Creek Park
  • Opened to the public in April 2010
  • First segment of Atlanta BeltLine Trail completed on the north side of Atlanta
  • Connects Ardmore Park, Collier Hills and Collier Hills North neighborhoods
  • Design and construction managed by the PATH Foundation
  • Funded by Transportation Enhancement grants through the Georgia Department of Transportation, the PATH Foundation, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign and Atlanta BeltLine TAD
  • Includes innovative environmental techniques such as “root bridging,” developed with Arborguard to save historic old growth trees
  • Design features guide storm water away from Tanyard Creek and allow for groundwater and percolation
  • The Parks Department acquired the Howard Property and owns all of the land
  • Hosts the annual Northside 5k race as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series
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.

You can also report issues and incidents through our smartphone app. Just look for “On the BeltLine” in the Apple App Store or Google Play. 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 these helpful tips!