Paces Mill is a popular running and walking trail along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Metro Atlanta that travels to a rushing waterfall.
One of our favorite running and walking trails in the metro Atlanta area is the Paces Mill / Rottenwood Creek trail. Following the Chattahoochee River for a quarter mile and then turning to follow Rottenwood Creek to its waterfalls near the end of the trail, this 3.6 mile paved trail blends urban signs of the city (highway overpasses, busy roads) with undeniably beautiful nature. This hiking trail is just one of many excellent trails along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta. View our complete collection of Chattahoochee River hiking trails here.
From the parking and boat ramp area, the trail extends flat along the Chattahoochee River, following North along the river bank.
The trail passes under the huge overpass of I-75 as the Chattahoochee widens, the river becoming broad and the flow smooth.
The trail turns to the left after crossing a large bridge spanning Rottenwood Creek. Several side trails, both dirt, extend from the paved trail here; the one closest to the river extends into a more underused section of the park and offers great trail running alongside the Chattahoochee River.
The paved trail follows along the banks of Rottenwood Creek, turning to run over a wooden boardwalk before crossing the creek several more times on large metal bridges.
From here, the trail begins to wind as it climbs steeply towards Akers Mill Road. Continue following the winding path upwards, enjoying – especially in the winter and spring months – the view of the rumbling Rottenwood Creek below.
Begin the decent towards the falls before the trail crosses the creek one last time over a metal bridge which affords views of the sliding waterfall below the I-285 overpass. This is the most scenic section of the park in our opinion – with a beautiful waterfall and forest nicely juxtaposed with the surrounding urbanism. As with many of the parks in the Chattahoochee River system in Metro Atlanta, the blend of the city and nature is very nicely combined to allow for great time in the outdoors while staying close to the city.
Considering this trail is nestled within the Atlanta Perimeter, the wildlife and plant life viewing opportunities are excellent. Look closely and you’ll find some unique plants and animals living in this protected refuge in the city.
Ample parking is available at the Paces Mill parking lot, located off Cobb Parkway inside Interstate 285. Parking is fee-based (currently $3 per car) or available year-round with a Chattahoochee National Recreation Area annual parking pass. GPS Coordinates: 33.869044,-84.455209
|find a perfect georgia hiking trail|
local atlanta hiking trails
find a great georgia hiking trail
hiking & backpacking gear guide
georgia hiking trails with waterfalls
appalachian trail hiking in georgia
questions? comments? email us
hiking & camping at panther creek falls
hiking the AT at blood mountain
hiking raven cliff falls
hiking the AT at springer mountain
hiking at amicalola falls state park
hiking at tallulah gorge state park
hiking the arabia mountain trails
hiking the vickery creek trail
hiking stone mountain
hiking kennesaw mountain
hiking sweetwater creek state park
hiking at sope creek