Atlanta Running & Walking Trails

Escape crosswalks and sidewalks on our favorite Atlanta running trails and walking trails! Run or walk these Atlanta trails in the metro area’s most scenic and popular parks.

New to the trail? Check out our beginner’s guide to trail running for tips on finding a great trail, trail safety, and trail running shoes and gear. Keep motivation high: sign up for your first race and follow our beginner 5k training plan. And don’t miss our list of our top ten favorite Atlanta running trails for a great run in the city.

Oakland Cemetery: running Atlanta's historic garden cemetery

Oakland Cemetery: running in Atlanta’s historic garden cemetery

Run or walk Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery for a photo-worthy, historic urban adventure with beautiful skyline views.

Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta, GA: hiking the Yellow Trail

Sweetwater Creek State Park: hiking the Yellow Trail

Hike the Sweetwater Creek Yellow Trail to the creek’s eastern shore, crossing a large bridge and catching cross-creek views of the park’s Civil War-era mill ruins.

Silver Comet Trail: bike or run the Silver Comet's first 20 miles in metro Atlanta

Silver Comet Trail

Run or cycle the Silver Comet Trail in metro Atlanta. Flat, fast, paved and scenic, the Silver Comet’s first 20 miles make a great venue for a distraction-free, long-range run or bike ride.

Sope Creek Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop at Sope Creek Chattahoochee River NRA Park

Sope Creek Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop

Hike the Sope Creek Trail to the ruins of a stacked-stone Civil War-era paper mill on the banks of a rocky creek, and then loop to a serene pond in a scenic Chattahoochee River park in Atlanta.

Run or hike the Cochran Shoals Trail on the scenic shores of the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

Cochran Shoals Trail on the Chattahoochee River

Hike, walk, run, or bike the level, scenic trails at Cochran Shoals park, catching stunning views of the Chattahoochee River and exploring scenic woodlands and marshes. It’s one of Atlanta’s all-time most popular trails, and equally great for a Sunday stroll or running a few 5k training loops.

Hike the Vickery Creek Trail to Roswell Mill and a waterfall

Vickery Creek Trail: hiking & trail running at Roswell Mill

Hike the Vickery Creek trail network at Roswell Mill to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Piedmont Park: best places to run in Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Park: top Atlanta running trails

Explore Atlanta’s iconic Piedmont Park on this popular, steady-pace 4-mile loop, running past Piedmont’s most traversed spots and a few hidden gems.

Run, walk or bike the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Run, walk or cycle the Atlanta BeltLine’s most popular stretch, the Eastside Trail, from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market & Old Fourth Ward.

Hike the Stone Mountain Walk-Up Trail to stunning Atlanta skyline views

Stone Mountain hiking: the Walk-Up Mountain Trail

Hike Stone Mountain’s 2-mile Walk-Up Trail to stunning mountaintop views of the Atlanta skyline, Stone Mountain Lake and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Take a heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park in Gwinnett County

Little Mulberry Park: trail running (or hiking) the East Mulberry Trail

Escape the hustle and bustle of booming Gwinnett County and sneak away to the trees with this heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park, climbing to some of the county’s highest elevations.

Lake Allatoona: our favorite biking, trail running and hiking trails

Red Top Mountain State Park: Hiking the Iron Hill Loop Trail

The 3.8 mile Iron Hill Loop at Georgia’s Red Top Mountain State Park explores a picturesque peninsula and cove along Allatoona Lake near Atlanta.

Hike the Sweetwater Creek Orange Trail to Atlanta skyline views

Sweetwater Creek: hiking the Orange Trail to skyline views

Hike the new Yellow and Orange Trail loop at Sweetwater Creek State Park, catching views of the park’s Civil War mill ruins, a prehistoric Native American cave, and seasonal views of the Atlanta skyline.

5k training: a plan for beginning trail runners

5k training: a plan for beginning trail runners

Conquer your first 5k race with a beginner-friendly 5k training plan and tips from trail runner and trainer Ashley Walsh.

Trail Running: a beginner’s guide to trails, trail safety and trail running shoes & gear

Trail Running: a beginner’s guide to trails, trail safety and trail running shoes & gear

Explore some scenic southern beauty with running’s cooler, more fun and laid back little sister—TRAIL running! Ashley Walsh, an ultramarathoner and trail runner, outlines the best, beginner-friendly ways to get started, from choosing a trail to choosing the perfect trail running shoe and gear.


Best Atlanta running trails – our top 10 favorite runs

Escape sidewalks and crosswalks on our favorite Atlanta running trails, all within 20 miles of the city.

Kennesaw Mountain: our favorite hiking and running trails near Atlanta

Kennesaw Mountain trail guide: our favorite hiking & running trails

Hike or run these top Kennesaw Mountain trails near Atlanta. Explore Civil War History, stunning summit views, and rolling, rocky, ferny forest on over 15 miles of Kennesaw Mountain’s best trails.

Lullwater Park Trail: running at Emory University in Atlanta

Lullwater Park: Walking & Running Trails at Emory University

Run or walk the Lullwater Park loop trails, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite waterfall hikes

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

Hike to Atlanta’s most scenic falls on our top 10 favorite waterfall trails near Atlanta. (They may be no match for the towering cascades of North Georgia – but they’re beautiful and well worth the hike!)

Run Herbert Taylor Park in Morningside on the banks of South Fork Peachtree Creek

Running the Herbert Taylor Park Trail in Atlanta

Grab an in-town trail run or hike at Herbert Taylor Park and David Johnson Nature Preserve in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood, looping 1.5 miles along the scenic banks of Rock Creek and South Fork Peachtree Creek.

Running the Cheshire Farm Trail in Atlanta

Cheshire Farm Trail / North Fork Creekside Trail

Run the recently-built Cheshire Farm Trail along North Fork Peachtree Creek in Atlanta, a scenic single-mile out-and-back from Lindbergh Drive to Cheshire Bridge Road.


Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park

The .75 mile, ADA accessible Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain hikes a paved, kid-friendly path on the Allatoona Lake shore and visits a historic cabin.

Panola Mountain PATH Trail to Alexander Lake: best running trails near Atlanta, GA

Panola Mountain PATH Trail to Alexander Lake

Run, walk or bike the 5 mile, paved Panola Mountain PATH Foundation trail through Panola Mountain State Park to the shores of the glassy Alexander Lake.

Yellow River Park: running the one-mile paved trail near Stone Mountain in Atlanta, GA

Yellow River Park: running the 1-mile paved loop

Run or walk Yellow River Park’s paved loop through scenic landscapes on the banks of the Yellow River near Stone Mountain.


Tribble Mill Park Trail

Run or walk Tribble Mill Park’s 2.8 mile paved loop trail around Ozora Lake’s tranquil waters just north of Atlanta.


South Peachtree Creek Trail in Decatur

Run two creekside out-and-back miles on the raised boardwalk South Peachtree Creek Trail from Decatur’s Mason Mill Park.


Ivy Creek Greenway Trail at George Pierce Park

Run through wildlife-filled wetland over pavement and boardwalks on this 2.5 mile, out-and-back trail at George Pierce Park with connection to the Suwanee Greenway.


Suwanee Greenway Trail

Run, walk or bike the Suwanee Greenway through incredible wetland beauty on this 6 mile, paved, gently rolling trail just north of Atlanta.


Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail at Tanyard Creek Park

The paved Northside BeltLine Trail is a popular running and walking trail spanning 1 mile in a gorgeous urban forest flanking Tanyard Creek.


Atlanta BeltLine Trail: Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park

Grab a great hike, stroll or trail run on a 2.8 mile out-and-back, unpaved trail north of the Eastside BeltLine, from Piedmont Park to Montgomery Ferry in Midtown Atlanta.


Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill & Kolb Farm Loop Trail

Run or hike this Kennesaw Mountain trail – a 5.8 mile loop from Cheatham Hill through beautiful meadow, creek-filled forest and Civil War battlefields.

Chattahoochee River: our favorite hiking and running trails near Atlanta

Bob Callan Trail & Rottenwood Creek Trail at Paces Mill / West Palisades

Hike, bike, walk or run the 3.6 mile, paved Bob Callan Trail along Rottenwood Creek and the Chattahoochee River at Paces Mill Park and West Palisades in Atlanta.


Island Ford Trail: hiking Island Ford Park on the Chattahoochee River

Hike the Island Ford Trail to scenic views on the Chattahoochee River, exploring a wildlife-filled forest and several caves near Roswell, Georgia.


Chastain Park: running the Chastain PATH Trail

Run or walk the Chastain Park Trail, a 3+ mile PATH Foundation Trail. The paved, scenic trail runs a loop in Atlanta’s Buckhead community.


Murphy Candler Park Trail

Hike, walk, or run the scenic two-mile Murphey Candler Park Trail, circling the park’s lake, marshland, and forest in Atlanta’s Brookhaven neighborhood.


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