|Get Atlanta BeltLine updates right in your inbox!|
The Atlanta BeltLine
Where Atlanta Comes Together. Learn more
Interim Trails — Our Unpolished Gems
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.
Unlike the five open, multi-use trails (Westside Trail, Eastside Trail, West End Trail, Northside Trail, and the Southwest Connector Spur Trail), the interim trails are more like unpolished gems. Call it the Atlanta BeltLine in its natural state. Check our interactive map at www.beltline.org/map for access points to these trails.
Northeast (Interim) Trail
This section starts across Monroe Drive from the Eastside Trail just north of the Park Tavern parking lot. It runs alongside the entire eastern edge of Piedmont Park and connects to the Northwoods and Piedmont Commons (at Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue). This is a rough and bumpy stretch over compacted railroad gravel and dirt. It is also accessible from the paved trails that wind through the Piedmont Park dog park, Legacy Fountain Splash Pad, and the entrance to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The trail also connects to the shops and restaurants at Amsterdam Walk.
The interim trail is currently closed to the public from Westminster Drive, behind Ansley Mall, and to Montgomery Ferry because of active work by Georgia Power. Read more about design and progress on the Northeast Trail here.
Parking to access the interim trail is available in Park Tavern’s paid parking lot and the Piedmont Park parking deck (see directions for getting to Piedmont Park).
A Portion of the Westside Trail
While the 3-mile Westside Trail is complete, it leaves the railroad corridor to overlap with the West End Trail for a half-mile (read more here about navigating the Westside Trail). If you opt to follow the old railroad corridor in this area instead of the West End Trail, the trail is unpaved behind the northwestern half of what we call “Warehouse Row.” Transit will eventually be built along this stretch, but it is too narrow to accommodate both trail and transit in its current configuration. With a distance of just over a half-mile and no real access points, the decision was made to divert cyclists and pedestrians to the West End Trail until transit is built. The interim trail will remain – please exercise caution.
Eastside Trail Southern Extension
The final phase of the Eastside Trail – between Kirkwood Avenue and Memorial Drive – is under construction and not currently open as an interim trail. Stay tuned to our blog and our Eastside Trail construction progress page for updates.