Tribble Mill Park Trail: top places to run in metro Atlanta Atlanta Running Trails

Tribble Mill Park Trail

Run or walk Tribble Mill Park's 2.8-mile paved loop trail around Ozora Lake's tranquil waters just north of Atlanta.

trail info

2.8 miles
(round trip)
paved
Dog-
friendly

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

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

Ozora Lake is the centerpiece of Tribble Mill Park, offering fantastic fishing and boating just north of Atlanta. The park’s paved trail winds nearly level elevation around the lake’s often calm waters, offering 2.8 miles of mostly-car-free running and walking.

Top places to run near Atlanta: run the Tribble Mill Park in Gwinnett County to beautiful lake views

The trail is popular with runners and walkers (especially on weekends). Multiple lots in the park offer free parking and easy access to the trail.

Tribble Mill Park: the run

This forested, 700-acre park is located near Sugarloaf Parkway, between the Atlanta suburbs of Lawrenceville and Snellville in Gwinnett County ( view maps and driving directions).

The park’s paved trail winds through four distinct landscapes as it rings Ozora Lake. The trail’s southern quadrant travels boardwalks and explores a shady, mossy, fern-filled forest, passing several large-growth trees as it winds on a hill above the lake. The trail emerges from the forest, following the park’s entrance road on the eastern stretch, skirting the shoreline, passing large boulders and running over a bridge.

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Arcing east, the trail winds through switchbacks as it follows the lake’s contours, gently rolling elevation in a shady forest on the trail’s northern stretch.

The trail curves southbound into the park’s cleared, recreational areas, crossing the lake’s spillway via a bridge and passing the park’s eastern parking and playground areas.

Run the paved trail at Tribble Mill Park in Gwinnett County, Georgia, catching beautiful lakeside views

The trail’s landscape diversity adds to its popularity among runners: shaded forest provides relief from the sweltering summer sun, and the nearly-level trail offers an almost-5k distance that’s easily repeatable for longer runs.

Run the paved trail at Tribble Mill Park, one of Atlanta's top places to run

Tribble Mill Park is dog-friendly (leashes are required), with dog pick-up stations dotting the trail’s length. And it’s kid-friendly, too – the paved surface, gently rolling elevation and often-sighted wildlife make the trail popular with families. Be on the lookout for wildlife, in particular on the trail’s forested and lakeside sections: deer, geese, turtles, frogs, fish and songbirds frequent the lake and its shores. And the park offers kids a post-trail reward: a large playground area is located just off the trail on the eastern side of the lake.

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Tribble Mill Park Trail Map, Directions & Details

Tribble Mill Park Trail Map
Tribble Mill Park Trail Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Free parking is available throughout the park.

GPS Coordinates

33.908550, -83.913250     //     N33 54.513 W83 54.795

Elevation Profile

Tribble Mill Park Trail Elevation Profile
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