Atlanta running trails: our top 10 favorite runs near Atlanta

Atlanta running trails – our top 10 favorite places to run

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 to run and put in some miles. But sidewalks meet crosswalks, and crosswalks meet Atlanta’s infamous car traffic. Atlanta’s best running trails wind through its many rolling parks, and offer a chance to get a great workout with a scenic backdrop, away from traffic.

Atlanta running trails: our top ten favorite places to run in metro ATL

Grab your running shoes and enjoy a traffic-free, nature-filled run on our favorite Atlanta running trails! New to trail running? 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 running 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.

Top places to run in Atlanta: our favorite runnning trails

Here’s a list of top ten our all-time favorite places to run 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 run.

More places to run near Atlanta

Crossed our top ten off your bucket list, or looking for more change of scenery? Our Georgia Trail Map Search

features our favorite running and hiking trails near Atlanta and throughout the Peach State, featured by length.

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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.