Suwanee Greenway Trail: top running trails in metro Atlanta, Georgia

Suwanee Greenway Trail

Run, walk or bike the Suwanee Greenway through incredible wetland beauty on this 6 mile, paved, gently rolling trail just north of Atlanta.

trail info

6.3 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:north of Atlanta, Georgia (maps & directions)

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

The Suwanee Greenway one of Gwinnett County’s most popular running, walking, and cycling trails. Traveling pavement and boardwalk, it stretches over six out-and-back miles with only a single road crossing, and it explores a wildlife-filled wetland and marsh. It’s pretty much our favorite paved long-distance running trail in the Atlanta area.

The greenway’s surface alternates between wide, paved trails and extended boardwalks, running through a grassy and amphibian-filled marshland. And multiple trailheads provide easy access and varied trail lengths, making fitness on the Suwanee Greenway easily tailored to runners of all abilities.

The Suwanee Greenway is a popular pavement and boardwalk running trial near Atlanta

Training for a half marathon or marathon? Grab some outstanding and nearly-car-free mileage on the Suwanee Greenway and the connecting Ivy Creek Greenway to the north for an eight-mile run through some of metro Atlanta’s most beautiful terrain.

Run the Suwanee Greenway in metro Atlanta, exploring scenic wetlands in Gwinnett County

Trailside, the Suwanee Greenway is filled with waterscapes and wildlife. The Suwanee Creek, side tributaries and marshes border the trail and flow under its boardwalks. Turtles bask in the sun, fish swim, and deer scurry through the wooded landscape. And while the Suwanee Greenway fringes on roads in some sections – and runs alongside the often-busy McGinnis Ferry Road for a short .1 mile stretch – much of its length is submerged in tranquil wetland habitat.

Suwanee Greenway Trail: the run

This six mile run on the Suwanee Greenway departs the southernmost trailhead at Suwanee Creek Park north of Atlanta (view maps and driving directions). The departure from the trailhead parking area presents two options: immediately starting on the paved greenway, or winding through the forest on a dirt trail for the first half mile.

A side trail at Suwanee Creek Park leads to the Suwanee Greenway running trail

This run takes the dirt trail, the more scenic of the options, descending into the forest toward Suwanee Creek, taking a left at the first trail junction and meandering under a deciduous forest canopy before meeting the paved Suwanee Greenway at .5 mile, turning right. The paved trail crosses two sections of boardwalk in the first mile before passing the Burnette Road Trailhead and then diving under the concrete overpass of McGinnis Ferry Road.

The trail swings northwest, gaining slight elevation. The Suwanee Greenway meets McGinnis Ferry Road, turning left to follow the road .1 mile before diving back into the wetland-filled forest on a descending boardwalk.

Running and walking trails: Suwanee Greenway near Atlanta

Traffic sounds fading, the sound of songbirds singing fills the air, echoing in the green forest canopy. The paved trail turns to boardwalk again at 1.8 miles, crossing through a beautiful, grassy wetland before reaching the Martin Farm Road trailhead at 2.15 miles. The greenway crosses the road – the first and only road crossing on this run.

The Suwanee Greenway is popular with runners and walkers, trailing boardwalks through forest and marsh

The Suwanee Greenway crosses under Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at 2.85 miles, emerging from under the overpass and running creekside. The trail reaches a junction at 3.1 miles, veering left on the rising boardwalk toward George Pierce Park and reaching its end at 3.15 miles.

From here, the run turns to retrace its steps on the greenway, reaching the Suwanee Creek Park trailhead at 6.3 miles. Alternatively, turn right at the end of the boardwalk to follow the paved Ivy Creek Greenway Trail through the tranquil, water-filled Georgia Pierce Park, adding an additional 2.5 miles on pavement and an extended boardwalk. It’s one of the most beautiful wetland parks in the metro Atlanta area – well worth the extra mileage or a visit on a future run.

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Suwanee Greenway Trail Map, Directions & Details

Suwanee Greenway Trail Map
Suwanee Greenway Trail Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Free parking is available at the Suwanee Greenway trailhead at Suwanee Creek Park.

GPS Coordinates

34.034150, -84.087317     //     N34 02.049 W84 05.239

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way, and follow these trail etiquette tips.

Elevation Profile

Suwanee Greenway 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.