Chastain Park walking trail: top places to run near Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood Atlanta Running Trails

Chastain Park Trail

Take a scenic walk or run at Chastain Park, following a 5k route through the beautifully landscaped park. It's one of our favorite Atlanta running trails, and one of our top places to run in Buckhead.

trail info

1.6-3.1 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:metro Atlanta, Georgia (maps & directions)

GEAR: Mizuno Wave Rider running shoes, Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS watch, and our trail running gear list

Chastain Park is well known for its beautiful residential neighborhood and outdoor concert amphitheater. And it’s also well-known for recreation, with a pool, golf course, tennis center, and horse park. Throughout the park, color-coded trails loop through the Chastain’s rolling landscape, exploring the scenic stretches of the park’s landscaped perimeter. Paved by the PATH Foundation, it’s one of the most popular running and walking trails in Atlanta.

Top places to run in Atlanta: the 5k trail at Chastain Park loops through a scenic park setting in Buckhead

The park is tucked off Roswell Road in Buckhead’s northernmost stretches, just inside Atlanta’s I-285 Perimeter – a short drive or moderate bike ride from Midtown Atlanta. While most of the park’s trails border the often-car-filled Powers Ferry Road and Lake Forest Drive, the trail does score ample scenic beauty, skirting the rolling terrain of North Fulton Golf Course and winding through the beautifully landscaped park. It’s a great spot for a 5k run or scenic walk, and one of our favorite running spots near Buckhead.

Chastain Park Trail: the run

The trail is well-marked at intersections as the multiple trails merge and diverge around the park. The trails are also signed for distance – a great feature for pace-training runners who aren’t tracking distance via GPS. Three color-coded loop trails offer varying distances, including two 5k loops (the 3.1 mile red and blue trails) as well as a 3k (the 1.6-mile gold trail). The red and blue share a common path for most of their length, separating into distinct trails in the park’s northern stretches.

Run the Chastain Park Trail in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, following color-coded 5k and 3k loops

The trail explores its most scenic stretch on the park’s eastern perimeter along Lake Forest Drive. Along this stretch, the trail crosses a bridge spanning Nancy Creek, catching views of the creek’s rocky banks and pebble-lined bed. Benches offer shaded resting spots nestled along the stream, perfect for a post-workout cool off.

Top Atlanta walking and running trails: the Chastain Park Trail visits a beautifully landscaped park in Buckhead

The northwestern stretches of the park’s yellow and blue trails skirt the banks of a pond, winding in a gentle southwestern arc along its tree-lined shores. Ducks and geese are a common sight here, and fish bask in the pond’s sunny shallows.

Walk or run the Chastain Park Trail in northern Atlanta, following several color-coded trails to scenic views and shaded pathways

The trail doesn’t completely escape traffic and the sounds of the city, especially compared to some of our other favorite Atlanta running trails like the unpaved and traffic-free 3.1 mile (5k) loop at Cochran Shoals. But the trail is well worth the visit for a workout on a well-maintained, well-signed and paved trail in the Buckhead area.

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Chastain Park Trail Map, Directions & Details

Chastain Park Trail Map
Chastain Park Trail Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

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Free. Love the trail? Please support the Chastain Park Conservancy with a donation or by becoming a member.

GPS Coordinates

33.876272, -84.3974133     //     N33 52.576 W84 23.845

Elevation Profile

Chastain Park Trail Elevation Profile
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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.
 
 
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