Atlanta TrailsbyTrailful Outdoor Co
Atlanta Running Trails

Atlanta running trails – our top 10 favorite trails

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.

Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.