Ivy Creek Greenway Trail: top running trails in metro Atlanta

Ivy Creek Greenway Trail at George Pierce Park

Run through wildlife-filled wetland over pavement and boardwalks on this 2.5 mile, out-and-back trail at George Pierce Park with connection to the Suwanee Greenway.

trail info

2.5 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

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

GEAR: Mizuno Wave Rider running shoes, Canon 6D Camera

A recently-opened Ivy Creek Greenway segment offers excellent, fairly level running and walking trails as it winds through Gwinnett County’s George Pierce Park near Suwanee. Its 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.

Scenic? Definitely. Mostly level? Yes. Car traffic and road crossings? None. It’s one fantastic run – and one of our favorites in metro Atlanta.

Running the Ivy Creek Greenway at George Pierce Park in Suwanee

This stretch of the Ivy Creek Greenway isn’t incredibly long, spanning 2.5 out-and-back miles. But its 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.

The Ivy Creek Greenway trails pavement and boardwalk for an excellent run in Gwinnett County

Ivy Creek Greenway: the run

The adventure begins at a trailhead at George Pierce Park (view maps and driving directions), turning right from the trailhead to cross a wooden boardwalk, trailing 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.)

The nearly-level trail dips elevation slightly to reach the beginning of its extended stretch of boardwalk at .15 miles. The wooden boardwalk spans over a third of a mile, trailing westbound through grassy marshland amidst the echoing song of waterfowl, songbirds, and amphibians.

The Ivy Creek Greenway runs through wildlife-filled marsh at George Pierce Park in Suwanee

The trail meets pavement at .5 mile, departing the boardwalk and turning left, rolling 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 from your run, grabbing some scenic views from the viewing platform at the boardwalk’s end.

The Ivy Creek Greenway's boardwalks provide beautiful mid-run nature views

The trail winds through the forest, crossing two short stretches of boardwalk before reaching its end in a clearing at 1.25 miles. Need more distance? Extend your run by turning left here, rising 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.

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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 parking is available in George Pierce Park.

GPS Coordinates

34.061233, -84.045600     //     N34 03.674 W84 02.736

Elevation Profile

Ivy Creek Greenway Trail at George Pierce 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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