Suwanee Greenway Trail: running from Suwanee Creek Park in metro Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Running Trails

Suwanee Greenway Trail

Run, walk or bike the Suwanee Greenway from Suwanee Creek Park, running boardwalks and paved trails to explore scenic wetlands and forests north of Atlanta.

trail info

6.3 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

The Suwanee Greenway is one of Gwinnett County’s most popular running, walking, and cycling trails. Traveling over pavement and boardwalks, it stretches more than three miles with only a single road crossing, exploring wildlife-filled wetlands and scenic hardwood forests. And it’s pretty much our favorite paved long-distance running trail in metro Atlanta.

The greenway’s surface alternates between wide, paved trails and extended boardwalks, running through a grassy, amphibian-filled marshland home to many frogs, turtles, fish, and waterfowl. And the greenway’s multiple trailheads provide easy access and varied route lengths, making the trail equally perfect for a long run or quick early-morning workout.

Run the Suwanee Greenway, one of metro Atlanta's top running trails, exploring forest and wetlands from Sawnee Creek Park

Training for a half marathon or marathon? Grab some excellent (and nearly-car-free) mileage on the Suwanee Greenway and the connecting Ivy Creek Greenway to the north. Combined, the two trails offer an eight-mile run through some of metro Atlanta’s most beautiful terrain.

Run the Suwanee Greenway in metro Atlanta, exploring scenic wetlands in Gwinnett County

Trailside, the greenway is filled with waterscapes and wildlife. Suwanee Creek, side tributaries, and marshes border the trail and flow under its boardwalks. Turtles bask in the sun, fish swim in the shallows, and deer scurry through the wooded landscape. And while the trail borders busy roads in some sections, much of its length is submerged in tranquil wetlands.

Suwanee Greenway: the run

This six-mile run begins at the southernmost trailhead at Suwanee Creek Park (view maps and driving directions). The trailhead offers two options to begin the run: immediately starting on the paved greenway, or winding through the forest on a dirt trail for the first half mile.

Run the Suwanee Greenway and explore Suwanee Creek Park in metro Atlanta

This route takes the dirt trail, the more scenic of the two options, descending into a forest toward Suwanee Creek. The run takes a left at the first trail junction and meanders under a deciduous forest canopy. The trail meets the paved greenway at .5 mile, turning right.

The greenway crosses two sections of boardwalk in the first mile. The trail passes the Burnette Road Trailhead, and then dives under the concrete overpass of McGinnis Ferry Road.

The trail swings northwest, climbing elevation. The run meets McGinnis Ferry Road, turning left to follow the road for a tenth of a mile. Leaving the road, the trail dives back into the wetland-filled forest, descending on a boardwalk.

The sound of singing songbirds fills the air, echoing in the green forest canopy as the sound of traffic fades. The paved trail turns to boardwalk again at 1.8 miles, crossing through a beautiful, grassy wetland before reaching the Martin Farm Road trailhead at 2.15 miles. The greenway crosses the road, the first and only road crossing on this run.

Run the Suwanee Greenway north of Atlanta, following boardwalks through a beautiful wetland forest

The trail crosses under Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at 2.85 miles, emerging from under the overpass and running creekside. The trail reaches a junction at 3.1 miles, veering left on the rising boardwalk toward George Pierce Park and reaching the greenway’s end at 3.15 miles.

From here, the run turns to retrace its outbound route, reaching the Suwanee Creek Park trailhead at 6.3 miles. Alternatively, for a longer, run, turn right at the end of the boardwalk to follow the paved Ivy Creek Greenway Trail through the tranquil, water-filled Georgia Pierce Park, adding an additional 2.5 miles on pavement and an extended, curving boardwalk. It’s one of the most beautiful wetland parks in the metro Atlanta area, and well worth the extra mileage.

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Suwanee Greenway Map, Directions & Details

Suwanee Greenway Map
Suwanee Greenway Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Free parking is available at the Suwanee Greenway trailhead at Suwanee Creek Park.

GPS Coordinates

34.034150, -84.087317     //     N34 02.049 W84 05.239

Elevation Profile

Suwanee 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 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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