Atlanta running trails: our top 10 favorite runs near Atlanta

Atlanta running trails – our top 10 favorite places to run

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

Sure, pretty much every sidewalk in Atlanta offers a chance to run. But sidewalks meet crosswalks, and crosswalks meet Atlanta’s infamous car traffic. Atlanta’s best running trails wind through its many rolling parks – including Piedmont Park, Grant Park, Freedom Parkway and the Chattahoochee River trails north of the city – and offer a chance to rack up miles away from traffic.

Atlanta running trails: our top ten favorite places to run in metro ATL

Grab your running shoes and enjoy a traffic-free, nature-filled run on these Atlanta running trails! New to trail running? Check out our trail running beginner’s guide for tips on getting started, from finding a great trail shoe and gear to trail safety and trail-friendly tips on your stride. And keep your motivation running high: sign up for a local 5k race, and follow our beginner 5k training plan and training tips to help get you to the starting line.

Top places to run in Atlanta: our favorite runnning trails

This a list of our all-time favorite top ten Atlanta running trails. Some are paved, some are unpaved, but they’re all scenic, and they’re sure to add some beauty to your run. Most are medium distance and cover gentle, rolling elevation through some of Atlanta’s most popular parks.

(All Atlanta running trail distances are total trail distance: total loop or out-and-back mileage.)

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.