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Westside Trail

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The 3-mile, multi-use Westside Trail stitches together historic southwest Atlanta neighborhoods. The Atlanta BeltLine is focused on creating infrastructure that promotes equity, affordability, and accessibility.


Blue icons indicate ADA-accessible access points.

The Westside Trail is a free amenity that offers a bicycle and pedestrian-safe corridor with a 14-foot-wide multi-use trail surrounded by mature trees and grasses thanks to Trees Atlanta’s Arboretum. With 16 points of entry, 14 of which will be ADA-accessible with ramp and stair systems, the trail provides numerous access points for people of all abilities.

The north end of the trail is adjacent to Washington Park and Lena Street. It is a short walk from the Ashby MARTA rail station on the East-West line. The south end of the trail ends at University Avenue and is a short walk from the West End MARTA rail station on the North-South line.

The Westside Trail ties into and overlaps with the West End Trail, a 2.4-mile spur trail stretching from White Street to Westview Cemetery. It connects several southwest Atlanta neighborhoods, including historic West End, Mozley Park, and Westview.


Trail Details

Location

The 3-mile Westside Trail links Washington Park and Lena Street to Adair Park and University Avenue.

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.

Serving Our Neighbors

The Westside Trail winds through residential neighborhoods and provides quality of life benefits to residents, including more jobs, more connectivity, and more equity. The trail provides mobility, providing a safe way to get to local parks, schools, and grocery stores.

At its highest function, the Atlanta BeltLine can encourage development and job growth, connectivity to new and existing job centers, and stability for neighborhoods cut by the lingering effects of the recession. With the Westside Trail, we are committed to preserving and uplifting the historic neighborhoods of southwest Atlanta, such as Adair Park, Capitol View, Oakland City, Mozely Park, West End, and Westview.


A New Type of Development

Unlike the Eastside Trail, the neighborhoods adjacent to the Westside Trail consist of mostly single-family houses. Economic development on the Westside Trail will be encouraged in a few key nodes, most notably Murphy Crossing.

The Westside Trail will potentially become a major economic catalyst, providing support to existing businesses, growth to new businesses, jobs, and connectivity to job centers.


See What’s Happening Now

Urban Agriculture

Aluma Farm at Adair Park is the Atlanta BeltLine’s first agriculture site around the 22-mile corridor. The farm is privately operated, and produce is sold locally. The site serves as the Atlanta BeltLine’s pilot for an urban agriculture program that could serve as a model for other potential sites around the corridor. Learn more

Murphy Crossing

The “Murphy Crossing” site, as it is known, is comprised of parcels that once held the State Farmers Market, adjacent to the Westside Trail between Murphy Avenue and Allene Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

With the release of this request for proposals, ABI will engage a consultant to craft an analysis and set of recommendations focused on activating the Murphy Crossing site and adjacent neighborhoods. Analysis will consider the potential redevelopment of existing buildings, inclusion of workforce housing, and scenarios to encourage job growth. The sixteen acre site is a prime economic development node for its proximity to MARTA rail lines, the Westside Trail and future Atlanta Streetcar transit, the Atlanta University Center, the Allene Avenue Urban Farm site, and the historical Adair Park, West End, Washington Park, and Westview neighborhoods.

Enota Park

Atlanta BeltLine is requesting proposals for the design of the Enota Park expansion on the Westside Trail. The expanded park will be over 8-acres and will include elements such as active recreation fields, sidewalks and walking trails, access to the Westside Trail, public art, benches and seating, signage and wayfinding, and more. More info will be available as the design process advances.

Life on the Atlanta BeltLine

Hear from the neighbors about what life on the Atlanta BeltLine means to them! Check out Life on the Atlanta BeltLine video series.

Business on 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.

Historic Westside Atlanta

The Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail runs through several historic neighborhoods.

Atlanta’s Beginnings

The Westside Trail runs through the historical heart of Atlanta. Dating back to the 1830’s, the West End developed around the White Hall Inn along the Macon and Western Railroad line at what is now the intersection of Lee Street and Ralph David Abernathy. The Westside Trail itself follows the Louisville and Nashville Railroad line. In these early days, this area was known as Terminus – the original Atlanta.

We encourage visitors to discover the history and charm of these communities by exploring neighborhoods on foot and connecting to history and art through The Wren’s Nest and Hammonds House. View photos of the trail.

History of the Westside Trail

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 $43 million Westside Trail. The project was also made possible with the funding of $15 million from state and local public contributions, and $10 million from private philanthropic individuals and groups.

In June 2014, the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail project reached a major project milestone. Working with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the City of Atlanta and a team of design and engineering consultants led by Kimley-Horn & Associates, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) met the federal deadline of June 30 to complete final design and land acquisition for the multi-use trail in southwest Atlanta. The Westside Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on November 12, 2014. Nearly three years later, ABI is proud to celebrate the grand opening of the Westside Trail.

See what neighborhood residents and community leaders had to say in 2014 in this Westside Trail video:

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS

The Westside Trail is supported by contributions from:

As of September 29, 2017

  • James M. Cox Foundation / PATH Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Susan and Richard Anderson
  • In Memory of Herman J. Russell
  • Porsche Cars North America
  • Wells Fargo
  • Mr. John Portman and Mr. Charlie Loudermilk
  • Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.
  • AGL Resources/Southern Company Gas
  • Mr. A. Ray Weeks, Jr.
  • Fuqua Family Foundations
  • Cousins Properties, Incorporated
  • Richard and Susan Dugas Family Foundation
  • Georgia-Pacific Foundation
  • Intercontinental Exchange
  • Morgens West Foundation
  • Rebecca and John Somerhalder
  • SunTrust Trusteed Foundations:
          Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust and
          Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
  • The Correll Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Mr. Tommy Holder
  • Jamestown
  • AMLI
  • Mr. Philip I. Kent
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Charles Shufeldt
  • Carter

Life on the Atlanta BeltLine

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

We speak with Coach Kraig Jennings who leads a team of the Atlanta Triathlon Kids that operates out of the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. The young triathletes train on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southwest Connector Spur Trail, where the hills and curves challenge them to a good workout in a safe, peaceful, shaded environment out of the way of traffic.


The Hodges talk about how they were able to by their home with the help of down payment assistance offered through the Atlanta BeltLine’s partnership with the Federal Home Bank of Atlanta.


In this short video, Brent of Our West End Newsletter talks about his idea for walking school busses on the Westside Trail where four schools are located just off the corridor.


Business on the Atlanta BeltLine – Monday Night Brewing
Jonathan and Joel, co-owners of Monday Night Brewing, opened their first brewery in 2011 in northwest Atlanta. Their initial success led them to look for more opportunities to engage the community in other parts of Atlanta, and in 2016, they signed a lease for a second location on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail.

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.


Gallery

Take a look at the Westside Trail happenings, events and more. Visit the photo gallery.

Project Benefits
  • A 14-foot wide multi-use trail with 14 access points
  • Over 40 acres of greenway
  • Direct connections from surrounding neighborhoods to four area parks and four schools
  • 20 security cameras tied into the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center
  • A dedicated Path Force public safety unit patrolling the corridor on foot and by bike
  • Lighting along the trail and at all access points
  • Immediate access to multiple MARTA bus routes and walking distance from two MARTA rail stations
  • An Urban Farm agricultural site, Aluma Farm, providing fresh produce at the southern end of the trail
  • The potential to be a major economic catalyst, providing support to existing businesses and spurring the growth of new businesses and jobs
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!