South Peachtree Creek Trail in Decatur: top running trails in metro 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.

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The paved South Peachtree Creek Trail isn’t the longest running trail in Atlanta at a single mile. But this Decatur-area PATH Foundation trail does rack up major points for its scenic beauty, traveling a good bit of its length on a raised wooden boardwalk that winds through the shady trees beside a tumbling creek.

This popular running and walking trail spans one mile from Mason Mill Park to Medlock Park, crossing only a single, quiet neighborhood road.

The South Peachtree Creek PATH Trail is a popular running and walking trail in Decatur

The trail’s first half mile is moderately challenging, descending into a railway corridor and then rolling through a hilly forest. The trail’s second half levels as it traverses a raised boardwalk that meanders through the forest’s shady trees. This isn’t a long run, but it’s a stunningly beautiful one, with scenic treetop views and historic structures dotting the suburban landscape.

The Decatur-area South Peachtree Creek Trail crosses pavement and boardwalk beside South Peachtree Creek

South Peachtree Creek Trail: the run

The trail departs its western trailhead near the Mason Mill Park tennis center (view maps and driving directions), running a paved trail to a trestle bridge over an active rail line. The trail crosses the bridge, pivoting twice to descend elevation on a boardwalk to the ruins of the Decatur Waterworks, now covered in colorful graffiti.

The South Peachtree Creek Trail crosses a rail line trestle and travels beside the Decatur Waterworks ruins

The trail crosses a bridge spanning Burnt Fork Creek before gaining elevation, winding on pavement through a wooded forest. Side dirt trails depart the paved trail, visiting South Peachtree Creek and its tributaries – a chance to add some off-pavement mileage to the run.

The trail meets South Peachtree Creek at .6 miles, its surface turning to a wooden boardwalk. The trail runs through the forest on its raised wooden platform, catching shade beneath the forest canopy and skirting the back yards of nearby neighborhoods.

The South Peachtree Creek Trail winds over extended boardwalk through the trees

The trail crosses a neighborhood road at .9 miles, winding the final level stretch to the ballfields of Medlock Park before turning to return to the trailhead. The run completes at 2 miles after climbing the train trestle boardwalk, reaching the Mason Mill Park trailhead.

South Peachtree Creek Trail: Directions & Details


Free parking is available at Mason Mill Park.

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GPS Coordinates

33.806067, -84.305250     //     N33 48.364 W84 18.315

Driving Directions

Elevation Profile

South Peachtree Creek Trail Elevation Profile

South Peachtree Creek Trail Map

Trail data and photos © Summit19 Studio LLC. This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.
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.