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Northside Trail

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.

Making Connections

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.

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.

View more photos of the Northside Trail.

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 Please remember to always call 911 in the case of emergencies.

Quick 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