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.
The Atlanta BeltLine, a former railway corridor that curves through Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods, is a visionary multi-use trail that, once completed, will offer 22 paved miles of running, cycling and walking trails throughout Atlanta.
While some paved segments of the Atlanta BeltLine are completed, others are cleared for use but still graveled, suitable for hiking and trail running.
This trail run (or hike) on the Eastside Extension Trail follows the BeltLine north of the paved Eastside Trail. The trail skirts Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, spanning several stream crossings via a bridge and offering 1.4 miles of level hiking or trail running without traffic disturbances. This trail doesn’t provide the secluded, natural feeling that other intown trails, such as the outstanding hiking and running trails on the Chattahoochee River. But the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park does offer some stunning Atlanta skyline views.
Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park: the run
The run departs the southeast corner of Piedmont Park (view maps and driving directions), trailing north from the intersection of Monroe Drive and 10th Street near Park Tavern. Art installations dot the trail’s length and change seasonally, highlighting sculpture and photography from Atlanta-area artists.
Views of the Midtown Atlanta skyline extend trail left over the vast, rolling Piedmont Park meadow as the trail continues its northbound trek. The trail reaches the Piedmont Park off-leash dog park after trailing under the colorfully-painted Park Drive bridge, constructed in 1916, at .3 mile.
The BeltLine continues to skirt the length of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park before crossing the SAGE parking deck entrance at .7 mile. Intact rails occasionally dot the trail’s path, a reminder of the path’s history as a former railway corridor.
Continuing its northbound hike, the trail crosses a wood bridge spanning Clear Creek before diving beneath the Piedmont Road bridge at 1 mile. The remainder of the trail’s length skirts parking areas and the backsides of strip plazas – not the most picturesque, but an opportunity to extend a run along a level path. The trail reaches the Montgomery Ferry bridge at 1.4 miles after crossing Clear Creek and trailing beside the Ansley Golf Course, turning here to retrace its steps to the trailhead at 10th and Monroe.
Extend your mileage on the Atlanta BeltLine
Extra time, sunlight and energy left? Grab some more trail miles after completing this run: cross Monroe Drive to the paved Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, running southbound past Ponce City Market to Atlanta’s Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. You’ll add four paved miles to your run.
Atlanta BeltLine Trail at Piedmont Park Map, Directions & Details
Paid parking is available at the Piedmont Park SAGE parking deck, or the lot beside Park Tavern at 10th Street and Monroe Drive
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