Chastain Park in Atlanta: running the Chastain PATH Trail

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.

trail info

1.6-3.1 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:metro Atlanta, Georgia (maps & directions)

GEAR: Mizuno Wave Rider running shoes, Canon 6D Camera

Chastain Park is well known for its beautiful residential neighborhood and outdoor concert amphitheater – and it’s also well-known for recreation. Paved, color-coded trails loop through Chastain Park’s rolling landscape, traveling scenic stretches of the park’s perimeter. Paved and maintained by the PATH Foundation, the Chastain Part Trail is one of the most popular running and walking trails in Atlanta.

Chastain Park PATH Running & Walking Trails in Atlanta, Georgia

Chastain Park is tucked off Roswell Road in Buckhead’s northernmost stretches just inside Atlanta’s I-285 Perimeter, a short drive or moderate bike from Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. Much of the park’s trails stretch along the often-car-filled Powers Ferry Road and Lake Forest Drive, but the PATH does pack scenic beauty on the trail. The Chastain PATH skirts the North Fulton Golf Course’s rolling terrain and winds through the beautifully landscaped Chastain Park.

The Chastain PATH skirts North Fulton Golf Course in the Buckhead Community of Atlanta

The Chastain Park Trail

The Chastain Park Trail is well-marked at intersections as the multiple trails merge and diverge around the park. They’re also signed occasionally for distance – a great feature for pace-training runners who aren’t tracking distance via GPS. Three loop trails provide varied distances: the Chastain paths include two 5k loops (the 3.1 mile red and blue trails) as well as a 3k (the 1.6-mile gold trail). The red and blue share a common path for most of their length, separating into distinct trails in Chastain’s northern stretches.

Signs Mark the Running Trail at Buckhead's Chastain Park Trail

The Chastain Park Trail travels its most scenic stretch, the park’s eastern perimeter along Lake Forest Drive, crossing a bridge spanning a small creek. The trail winds along the stream’s landscaped banks, passing benches that provide resting spots nestled along the stream.

The Chastain Park Trail Crosses a Bridge Spanning a Creek on Lake Forest Drive

The northwestern stretches of the Chastain Park Trail yellow and blue PATHs depart Park Drive to skirt the banks of a pond, winding in a gentle southwestern arc along its tree-lined shores. Resident ducks and geese are a common sight here.

The PATH Running and Walking Trail at Chastain Park Winds Rolling Elevation near Atlanta

The Chastain Park Trail doesn’t escape traffic and the sounds of the city like some other Atlanta running and walking trails – like the unpaved and traffic-free 3.1 mile (5k) loop at Cochran Shoals on the Chattahoochee River. But the Chastain Park Trail is worth checking out for a workout on well-maintained, well-signed and paved trails in the Atlanta area.

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Chastain Park PATH Trail Map, Directions & Details

Chastain Park PATH Trail Map
Chastain Park PATH Trail Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


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GPS Coordinates

33.876272, -84.3974133     //     N33 52.576 W84 23.845

Please Remember

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Elevation Profile

Chastain Park Running Trail Elevation Profile
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.