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.
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 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.
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 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 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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