THE ENTIRE NORTHEAST TRAIL IS NOT YET OPEN. When complete, the Northeast Trail will connect the northern end of the Eastside Trail up to the Lindbergh MARTA station. However, only a 0.8-mile stretch is open to the public in an interim state on the eastern edge of Piedmont Park. In its interim state, the trail has a rough and bumpy surface of compacted railroad gravel and dirt. The middle section is currently under construction by Georgia Power.
Interim Trails: Rules of Use
As part of the emerging Atlanta BeltLine trail system, interim trails are accessible to the public in their unfinished state until funding is available to build out these sections of the corridor. Please note that visitors must follow the rules of use.
The Interim 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.
Design & Construction Update
The design of the Northeast Trail is divided into the three segments outlined below. You can view materials from the most recent Northeast Trail design Study Group meeting from May 14, 2020 with updates: Northeast Trail presentation, recording of the meeting on facebook live, and question and answer session from the meeting. Please stay tuned for more information as we engage the public in the process.
Northeast Trail – South: Monroe Dr. to Westminster Dr.
This section of the Northeast Trail runs between Monroe Drive and Westminster Drive. This segment, alongside Piedmont Park, will have multi-use trail in the railroad corridor. Transit will run parallel to the trail for this mile segment. Design is underway and expected to take 12-18 months to complete.
Northeast Trail – Central: Westminster Dr. to Mayson St.
This segment, between Westminster Drive and Mayson Street, will feature transit parallel to trail. It is currently closed to the public. Georgia Power is constructing the 14-foot-wide multi-use trail between Ansley Mall and the Buford-Spring Connector. The concrete trail has been poured and the ramp access point to Montgomery Ferry is underway. Additionally, work included stormwater systems, retaining walls, and initial landscaping. This follows the completion of their installation of new utility poles for their transmission lines along this stretch in 2019. Once Georgia Power has completed their work – estimated for fall 2020 – and construction funding is identified, ABI will do follow-on work between Westminster Drive and Mayson Street. Full design for this section is expected to be complete in mid-2020 and the full trail build-out will include lighting, security cameras, landscaping, and connections to Westminster Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, and Mayson Street.
Northeast Trail – North: Mayson St. to MARTA Lindbergh
This section runs between Mayson Street and the Lindbergh MARTA station and faces several design challenges, including navigating active rail and I-85. For this approximately 2-mile segment, transit will diverge from the trail and the designs for both are underway. This is where the Atlanta BeltLine will intersect with Path400, the Peachtree Creek Greenway, and the South Fork Trails along Peachtree Creek. The current alignment in review routes under I-85 and around the Armour-Ottley area, across Peachtree Creek, and up to Garson Drive. Concept approval is expected in summer 2020, detailed design will take 30-36 months, and we anticipate construction documents in summer 2023. A Locally Preferred Alternative is expected by fall 2019.