South Peachtree Creek Trail at Mason Mill Park
Run the South Peachtree Creek Trail from Decatur's Mason Mill Park, exploring treetops on a raised boardwalk, visiting the historic Decatur Waterworks, and running to Medlock Park.
The paved South Peachtree Creek Trail isn’t the longest running trail in Atlanta: it runs a single mile through Decatur’s Mason Mill Park. But this trail does rack up major points for its scenic beauty. The trail travels a good bit of its length on a raised wooden boardwalk, that winds through the forest’s treetops beside a tumbling creek.
The South Peachtree Creek Trail connects Mason Mill Park and Medlock Park in Decatur, crossing only a single, quiet neighborhood road. The trail’s first half mile is moderately challenging, descending into a railway corridor and then rolling through a hilly forest. The trail’s second half levels, traversing a raised boardwalk that meanders through the forest’s shady hardwood trees. A run along this trail isn’t long, but it’s a stunningly beautiful one, with scenic treetop views and historic structures dotting the suburban landscape. And for a longer workout, the two-mile roundtrip is easily doubled for a great four-mile adventure.
South Peachtree Creek Trail at Mason Mill Park: the run
The trail departs its western trailhead near the park’s tennis center (view maps and driving directions), running a paved trail to a trestle bridge over an active rail line. The trail crosses the bridge, pivoting twice to descend elevation on a boardwalk to the ruins of the Decatur Waterworks, now covered in colorful graffiti.
The trail crosses a bridge spanning Burnt Fork Creek before gaining elevation, winding on pavement through a wooded forest. Side dirt trails depart the paved trail, visiting South Peachtree Creek and its tributaries, and offer a chance to add some off-pavement mileage to the run.
The trail meets South Peachtree Creek at .6 miles, its surface turning to a wooden boardwalk. The trail runs through the forest on its raised wooden platform, catching shade beneath the forest canopy and skirting the back yards of nearby neighborhoods.
The trail crosses a neighborhood road at just under one mile, running the final, level stretch to the ballfields of Medlock Park before turning to return to the trailhead. The run ends at 2.1 miles after climbing the train trestle boardwalk, reaching the Mason Mill Park trailhead and completing the adventure.
South Peachtree Creek Trail Map, Directions & Details
Free parking is available at Mason Mill Park.
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