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Setting the Pace on the Eastside
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.
Getting around popular destinations like Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward is now a whole lot easier with the opening of the 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 along the railroad corridor from 10th Street & Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park down to Irwin Street near DeKalb Avenue. For parking info, please see our frequently asked questions below.
The official dedication for the trail was held on October 15, 2012. For the latest news, please peruse the Eastside Trail category on our blog. You can view frequently updated Eastside Trail photo albums on this site, too.
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A Bigger, Better Trail Lies Ahead
In coordination with the City of Atlanta, ABI rebuilt the Edgewood Avenue Bridge over the Atlanta BeltLine corridor south of Irwin Street. Construction began in spring 2016 to connect the current southern terminus of the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street down to Kirkwood Avenue in Reynoldstown. The southern extension of the Eastside Trail is expected to open in late summer 2017. You can keep up with the progress on this portion of the extension on our construction page.
Want more Eastside Trail? You can continue north on our interim hiking trail for a mile to just past Ansley Mall. Read more about our interim hiking trails.
Ponce City Market Plaza
Jamestown Properties and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. partnered to build the first public plaza on the Atlanta BeltLine. The plaza is located on the Eastside Trail just north of the North Avenue bridge, immediately adjacent to Ponce City Market and the Shed. Trail users now have a public place to step off the trail and gather, all in close proximity to the shops, restaurants, offices, and flats of Ponce City Market. The plaza comes complete with connections to the street below: stairs (with a handy bike ramp) and an elevator.
No Stone Unturned
Environmental remediation of the 100-year-old former rail corridor was completed in April 2011, with more than 1,700 tons of contaminated soil removed. Construction has included significant amount of excavation and new infrastructure such as drainage systems, a utility duct bank, and beautiful granite-clad retaining walls to preserve the full width of the corridor to accommodate greenspace, trail and future transit operations.
Eastside Trail Frequently Asked Questions
When will transit be built on the eastside corridor? +-
Transit construction will begin in Period 1 (between 2014-2018) of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Strategic Implementation Plan. The first phase of transit will connect to the Atlanta Streetcar with two cross-town connections and transit on the east and west sides of the Atlanta BeltLine. You can read more about the Atlanta BeltLine / Atlanta Streetcar System Plan here and download the Final Report, which breaks transit construction down into phases for the entire streetcar network.
Where can I park to access the Eastside Trail? +-
Parking is available at the northern end of the trail in the paid lot beside Park Tavern (on Monroe Drive just north of the intersection with 10th Street. On-street parking is available at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark with a direct connection to the trail. You may also park on the streets surrounding Historic Fourth Ward Park and use the Gateway Trail, which provides a direct connection between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can park at the Piedmont Park / Atlanta Botanical Garden paid parking deck and walk our interim hiking trail south to where it meets the paved trail.
Will the trail connect to Ponce de Leon Avenue? +-
Yes. The Atlanta BeltLine received a federal grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative to construct ADA-accessible ramp at Ponce de Leon Avenue. This same grant will also go towards pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Ponce de Leon Avenue.
How do I report a maintenance issue that I see on the trail? +-
We have a “fix it” line for reporting maintenance issues. Just call and leave a detailed message at 404.477.3687. If possible, take a photo and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies.
Will the Eastside Trail connect to shopping centers along its route? +-
The Atlanta BeltLine is prioritizing access from existing public right-of-way. The Atlanta BeltLine is providing design standards for connections to private developments.
What hours is the Eastside Trail open? +-
For the immediate future, the trail will maintain City of Atlanta park hours: 6 a.m. through 11 p.m.
Can I post my business’ sign along the trail? +-
It is illegal to place signs advertising a business within Atlanta BeltLine property along the Eastside Trail. Businesses along the trail are welcome to identify themselves to trail users by putting signs on their own buildings, but no signs are allowed along Atlanta BeltLine property. All signs must comply with the City of Atlanta’s sign ordinance.