Escape sidewalks and crosswalks on our favorite Atlanta running trails, all within 20 miles of the city.

Sure, nearly every sidewalk in Atlanta offers a place put in some miles. But sidewalks meet crosswalks, and crosswalks meet Atlanta’s infamous car traffic. Our favorite running trails in Atlanta skip the traffic, wind through the city’s many rolling parks, and offer a chance to get a great workout with a scenic backdrop.

Enjoy a traffic-free, nature-filled workout on our favorite Atlanta running trails! New to the trail? Check out our trail running beginner’s guide for tips on getting started, from finding a great trail shoe and gear, to trail safety and trail-friendly tips on your stride. And to keep your motivation high, sign up for a local 5k race, and follow our beginner 5k training plan and training tips to help get you to the starting line.

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Top places to run in Atlanta

Here’s a list of top ten our all-time favorite places to grab a great workout in metro ATL. Some are paved, and some are unpaved. Most are medium distance and cover gentle, rolling elevation through some of Atlanta’s most popular parks. And they’re all ultra-scenic: they’re sure to add some beauty to your workout.

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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.

Eric Champlin

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, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.