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Best Scenic Running Paths In The Atlanta Area

May 12, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: pathfoundation.org

Photo Credit: pathfoundation.org

Take in a serene, scenic view right next door on Atlanta’s best running trails. Remember trail etiquette, especially on those wonderful sunny Atlanta afternoons when everyone heads out to enjoy beautiful Georgia. Also be sure to thank and support the PATH Foundation of Atlanta for helping to build and maintain these amazing scenic trails.
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The Silver Comet Trail
Mavell Road Trailhead
Smyrna, GA
www.silvercometga.com
www.pathfoundation.org

Price: free
Hours: dawn to dusk

Glide along the countryside in north Georgia along a 500-foot trestle over a gorgeous, rushing river. Wind between rock cliffs and weave past stately pines on the 61-mile Silver Comet Trail. It begins at Mavell Road Trailhead and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line near the Esom Hill Trailhead.

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Chastain Park Trail
Chastain Park Conservancy
4001 Powers Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 3034
(404) 237-2177
www.chastainparkconservancy.org
www.pathfoundation.org

Price: free
Hours 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Stay within the city’s perimeter on Chastain Park’s scenic 3-mile trail. Expect to see hundreds of other outdoor enthusiasts tearing up the trails in the largest park, at more than 260 acres, in Atlanta. This is a great place to take the kids to play sports or on the park’s playground equipment while parents get a solid workout in.

Related: Atlanta’s Most Interesting Gardens

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Stone Mountain Trail
U.S. Highway 78 EastExit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
www.stonemountainpark.com
www.pathfoundation.org

Price: $10 parking
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park, enjoy 15 miles of trail along greenways, then venture to the road for the final 4 miles. The trail then connects to Stone Mountain Park where a large bike and pedestrian trail encompasses the entire mountain. Trails here lead straight up the mountain with incomparable views of the city. When it is time to venture back down, choose a trail or venture onto the Swiss cable car for a bird’s eye view back down.

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Nancy Creek Trail
DeKalb County
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-7284
www.georgiatrails.com/
www.pathfoundation.org 

Cost:  free
Hours: sunrise to sunset

The relaxing and secluded Nancy Creek Trail sits tucked in the north part of DeKalb County. You’ll pass Dunwoody YMCA, a tennis center and soccer fields, so come prepped with a gear or a sense of adventure and expand your workout. Better still, bask in the glow of the sunlit trail that runs near two creeks and over a little bridge between Murphy Candler and Blackburn parks.

Related: Best Walking Tours of Atlanta

South River Trails
Arabia Mountain
Rockdale County, GA
www.pathfoundation.org

Cost: free
Hours 7 a.m. to dusk

The granddaddy of them all has to be the group of trails on the Arabia Mountain, Rockdale County and South River Trails. Run past rocks as large as football fields, streams, waterfalls, farms and wildflowers. This group of trails make up a system of 7,000 acres of green space into Panola Mountain State Park from the mall at Stonecrest and further into Rockdale County. More segments of this trail system are scheduled to open this year.

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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