George Pierce Park: running the Ivy Creek Greenway Atlanta Running Trails

Ivy Creek Greenway Trail at George Pierce Park

Explore a wildlife-filled wetland, following paved trails and boardwalks on this 2.5 mile, out-and-back run on the Ivy Creek Greenway at George Pierce Park. The greenway connects to the Suwanee Greenway, too, offering an even longer adventure and more scenic beauty.

trail info

2.5 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:north of Atlanta, Georgia (maps & directions)

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

A recently-opened Ivy Creek Greenway segment offers excellent, fairly level running and walking trails as it winds through George Pierce Park in Suwanee. The greenway’s wide, gently meandering path varies little in elevation as it curves through wildlife and waterfowl-filled wetland over boardwalks and paved trails, making it a popular Atlanta-area fitness destination for runners and walkers.

Top Atlanta running trails: run the Ivy Creek Greenway in George Pierce Park in Suwanee

Scenic? Definitely.

Mostly level? Yes.

Car traffic and road crossings? None.

It’s one fantastic run – and one of our favorites in metro Atlanta. This stretch of the Ivy Creek Greenway isn’t incredibly long, spanning 2.5 miles, round trip. But the greenway’s southern end connects to the Suwanee Greenway, a 3 mile running and fitness trail that winds south to Suwanee Creek Park. The two trails, combined, offer ten out-and-back miles of gently rolling running and walking trails through a scenic forest – with only a single road crossing.

George Pierce Park: the run

The adventure begins at a trailhead on the park’s northeast corner (view maps and driving directions). The Ivy Creek Greenway turns right from the trailhead, following a wooden boardwalk and venturing south. (There’s a chance to fill your water bottle pre-run – or grab some water after you’re finished – at the picnic pavilion drinking fountain near the trailhead.)

The nearly-level trail dips elevation slightly, reaching the beginning of an extended boardwalk at .15 miles. The wooden boardwalk spans over a third of a mile, trailing westbound through a grassy, green marshland. The water-filled landscape fills with the echoing song of waterfowl, songbirds, and amphibians. Turtles bask in the sunlight-drenched shallows, and fish swim in small schools throughout the wetland.

Top Atlanta, GA running trails: run the ultra-scenic George Pierce Park through wildlife-filled marsh on the Ivy Creek Greenway

The run meets pavement at a half mile, departing the boardwalk and turning left. The trail rolls elevation gently under a shady forest canopy. The Ivy Creek Greenway reaches a boardwalk at .7 mile. Hang a left here to take a short break, grabbing some scenic views from the large viewing platform at the boardwalk’s end. The wetland views open wide, and offer an excellent chance at spotting the many wildlife species that call these waters and grasses and small islands home.

Run the scenic wetlands at George Pierce Park on the Ivy Creek Greenway, one of our favorite places to run in metro Atlanta

Departing the boardwalk and viewing platform, the greenway winds through the forest, crossing two short stretches of boardwalk before reaching its end in a clearing at 1.25 miles. Up for some more distance? Extend your run by turning left here, climbing elevation on a wooden boardwalk to begin the Suwanee Greenway’s three mile stretch to Suwanee Creek Park. Or, turn to return to the trailhead, retracing the Ivy Creek Greenway to complete the run at 2.5 miles.

More of our favorite Atlanta running trails

There’s nothing better than an early morning run on the Chattahoochee River – and Cochran Shoals is our hands-down favorite trail to put in some scenic miles. Or catch beautiful skyline views of Midtown ATL on the winding and rolling paved trails at Piedmont Park. And escape crosswalks, sidewalks and traffic lights on our top ten Atlanta running trails, exploring some of our city’s most beautiful stretches while you’re catching a fantastic workout.

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Ivy Creek Greenway Trail Map, Directions & Details

Ivy Creek Greenway Trail Map
Ivy Creek Greenway Trail Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Free. Check the official park website for hours and closures.

GPS Coordinates

34.061233, -84.045600     //     N34 03.674 W84 02.736

Elevation Profile

George Pierce Park Ivy Creek Greenway  - 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, 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.
 
 
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