Lullwater Park: running trails at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

Lullwater Park: Walking & Running Trails at Emory University

Run or walk the Lullwater Park loop trails, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.

trail info

TRAIL LOCATION: Lullwater Park, on the Emory University campus in Atlanta

GEAR: Mizuno Wave Rider running shoes

CAMERA: Canon 6D DSLR w/ Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens

Lullwater Park offers many scenic walking and running trail loops nestled within Emory University’s North Decatur campus near Atlanta. The Lullwater Trail passes the Lullwater House mansion, skirts Candler Lake and crosses a span bridge to explore mill beside a tumbling spillway waterfall in a beautiful, wildlife-rich forest.

Visitors should follow the instructions posted at the Lullwater Park entrance: dogs must be leashed, and access to the Lullwater Park trails is limited to Emory students and faculty with Emory identification.

Lullway Park, located on Emory University's Atlanta campus, features this spillway waterfall near an old stone powerhouseAbove: run Lullway Park, located on Emory University’s Atlanta campus, to this spillway waterfall

Lullwater’s many acres offer an immediate escape from the city, its towering old growth trees creating a seemingly impenetrable barrier to the gorgeous landscape within. Owls dive through the tree canopy, their intense gaze on the forest floor causing nearby squirrels to freeze their frolic. Fish pause in the shade of overhanging limbs in the Lullwater Pond. And reptiles bask in the sun-dappled forest accessible via the park’s meandering trails.

One of the park’s highlights is the private residence of Lullwater House, a 1926 Tudor mansion built with stone quarried on-site for Walter Candler, a son of Coca-Cola’s founder.

Hike, run or walk to the Lullwater House estate, a highlight of Lullwater Park's walking, hiking and running trails

The mansion overlooks Candler Lake’s smooth surface, home to waterfowl and fish basking in its shallows’ sunlight. Candler Lake is dammed on its northernmost end, creating a spillway for a powerhouse that once provided electricity for the Lullwater House estate. A wood and steel span bridge crosses downstream from the waterfall, offering access to the powerhouse’s stone ruins.

Run this span bridge at Lullwater Park on the Emory University campus in Atlanta

The former powerhouse tower is octagonal in shape, climbing two stories of stacked stone. It stands open to the sky above, ivy climbing skyward across its stone walls.

Hike or run to the ruins an octagonal, old stone powerhouse near a tumbling spillway waterfall at Lullwater Park

These stone ruins of a powerhouse once powered electricity for Lullwater House, located at Lullwater Park in Atlanta

The Lullwater Park limited access creates a feeling of solitude and privacy – the perfect location for an on-campus escape into nature, a run or fitness walk, or a read beneath a shady tree on the banks of Candler Lake.

Lullwater Park Trail: Directions & Details


Parking is NOT available at the Lullwater Park trailhead. Paid parking is available on the Emory University campus; follow on-campus signs for parking info.

Please Remember

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

GPS Coordinates

33.795800, -84.321350     //     N33 47.748 W84 19.281

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Lullwater Park Trail at Emory University

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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.