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.
This run or walk on the Northside Atlanta BeltLine Trail totals two out-and-back miles, winding through a creek-filled forest and crossing multiple bridges on the wide, paved, level BeltLine.
And while its length isn’t as long as the Atlanta BeltLine’s ultra-popular Eastside Trail, this Northside stretch of the BeltLine trails some incredibly beautiful scenery in a quiet residential neighborhood. It’s a popular destination for running or a fitness walk – or even a stroll with the family and dog.
Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail: the run
The trail runs its 1-mile stretch just north of Midtown Atlanta in the shady Collier Hills neighborhood just off of Peachtree Street (view maps and driving directions). This run departs the Tanyard Creek Park trailhead off Collier Road, winding down a series of stairs and landings before turning right on the BeltLine, trailing south. The wide, paved trail winds along the scenic Tanyard Creek, passing a large playground area before crossing the creek via a metal bridge. The trail passes under a wooden canopy beneath a towering train trestle at .4 mile.
The Northside Beltline reaches a paved neighborhood access trail at .45 mile, turning to retrace its steps toward the Collier Road trailhead. The paved trail runs nearly level over its course, changing elevation only subtly. (If you’re looking for a run that escapes Atlanta’s usually hilly terrain, you’ll love this run!)
Passing the trailhead, the trail dives under the Collier Road bridge, running through a monochromatic mural hugging both sides of the trail.
The Northside Trail’s northern half meanders under a forest canopy, continuing to flank Tanyard Creek before crossing the creek via a bridge at 1 mile.
The trail exits its shady canopy, trailing beside Bobby Jones Golf Course and passing through a residential neighborhood, reaching its northern trailhead at 1.3 miles. The trail turns here, retracing its steps toward the trailhead and completing at 2 miles. While it’s not the longest paved running trail in Atlanta, it’s undoubtedly one of the most scenic. And an out-and-back run on the trail racks up 2 miles without traffic or road crossings, making it a favorite for local Atlanta runners. Up for more mileage? It’s worth a repeat, or two.
Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail at Tanyard Creek Park Map, Directions & Details
Free parking is available in Tanyard Creek Park.
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