Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail: running through Piedmont Park Atlanta Running Trails

Atlanta BeltLine Trail: Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park

Grab a great hike, stroll or trail run on a 2.8 mile out-and-back, unpaved trail north of the Eastside BeltLine, from Piedmont Park to Montgomery Ferry in Midtown Atlanta.

trail info

2.8 miles
(round trip)
unpaved
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:Atlanta, Georgia (maps & directions)

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

The Atlanta BeltLine, a former railway corridor that curves through Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods, is a visionary multi-use trail that, once completed, will offer 22 paved miles of running, cycling and walking trails throughout Atlanta.

While some paved segments of the Atlanta BeltLine are completed, others are cleared for use but still graveled, suitable for hiking and trail running.

The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail Extension treks 1.4 miles from Piedmont Park to Montgomery Ferry Drive in Ansley Park

This trail run (or hike) on the Eastside Extension Trail follows the BeltLine north of the paved Eastside Trail. The trail skirts Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, spanning several stream crossings via a bridge and offering 1.4 miles of level hiking or trail running without traffic disturbances. This trail doesn’t provide the secluded, natural feeling that other intown trails, such as the outstanding hiking and running trails on the Chattahoochee River. But the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park does offer some stunning Atlanta skyline views.

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park: the run

The run departs the southeast corner of Piedmont Park (view maps and driving directions), trailing north from the intersection of Monroe Drive and 10th Street near Park Tavern. Art installations dot the trail’s length and change seasonally, highlighting sculpture and photography from Atlanta-area artists.

Artwork along the Atlanta Eastside Beltline northeast extension near Piedmont Park and Park Tavern

Views of the Midtown Atlanta skyline extend trail left over the vast, rolling Piedmont Park meadow as the trail continues its northbound trek. The trail reaches the Piedmont Park off-leash dog park after trailing under the colorfully-painted Park Drive bridge, constructed in 1916, at .3 mile.

The Atlanta Beltline Trail hikes beside Piedmont Park, grabbing views of Atlanta's Midtown skyline

The BeltLine continues to skirt the length of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park before crossing the SAGE parking deck entrance at .7 mile. Intact rails occasionally dot the trail’s path, a reminder of the path’s history as a former railway corridor.

The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail Extension treks 1.4 miles from Piedmont Park to Montgomery Ferry Drive in Ansley Park

Continuing its northbound hike, the trail crosses a wood bridge spanning Clear Creek before diving beneath the Piedmont Road bridge at 1 mile. The remainder of the trail’s length skirts parking areas and the backsides of strip plazas – not the most picturesque, but an opportunity to extend a run along a level path. The trail reaches the Montgomery Ferry bridge at 1.4 miles after crossing Clear Creek and trailing beside the Ansley Golf Course, turning here to retrace its steps to the trailhead at 10th and Monroe.

The Eastside Trail Extension curves northeast on the Atlanta Beltline along Piedmont Park on an unpaved rail trail

Extend your mileage on the Atlanta BeltLine

Extra time, sunlight and energy left? Grab some more trail miles after completing this run: cross Monroe Drive to the paved Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, running southbound past Ponce City Market to Atlanta’s Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. You’ll add four paved miles to your run.

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Atlanta BeltLine Trail at Piedmont Park Map, Directions & Details

Atlanta BeltLine Trail at Piedmont Park Map
Atlanta BeltLine Trail at Piedmont Park Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Paid parking is available at the Piedmont Park SAGE parking deck, or the lot beside Park Tavern at 10th Street and Monroe Drive

GPS Coordinates

33.782833, -84.369133     //     N33 46.970 W84 22.148

Elevation Profile

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail in Piedmont Park 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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