Atlanta is a great place to find balance. Many transplants move here seeking the promise of career opportunity and stay for the lush greenery and plenty of outdoor activities to pursue. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours, try one of Atlanta's Best Running Trails (or use them for walking. We won't judge.)
Number 5 - Roswell Riverwalk Trail:
The Roswell Riverswalk Trail stretches over eight miles along the Chattahoochee River. With paths of concrete and gravel, this trail is great for runners and walkers alike. Lots of trail-goers bring their four-legged friends along for some fresh air too. Looking for some fun along the Riverwalk Trail? There are multiple sand volleyball courts and playgrounds accessible for those young and old!
Number 4 - Silver Comet Trail
Starting in Smyrna, the Silver Comet Trail travels west through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties. This quiet and non-motorized trail is great for morning runs or an afternoon bike ride. One of the features of the trail that makes it unique is that the path is wide, making it wheelchair accessible. The entire length of the Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long, ending close to the Georgia/Alabama state line. This trail is so beautiful that you may start walking and find yourself closing in on the Alabama state line before you know it!
Number 3 - Chattahoochee River Trails
These trails will keep you amazed from start to finish. The Chattahoochee River Trails have beautiful waterfalls, historic sites and river landscapes that you can Instagram for days on end. With more than 10 different trails to run, hike, or bike, the Chattahoochee River Trails are great ways to escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and experience nature at its finest. Each of the trails vary in length from 2 miles up to 8.5 miles, but all are perfect day hikes that will get you outside and fall in love with Georgia all over again.
Number 2 - The Atlanta Beltline
This 22-mile historic route encircles the city of Atlanta. If you are ever asking yourself what you should do today, the Beltline is your answer. From art festivals to bar crawls to intermediate skateboarding classes and sunset hikes, the Atlanta Beltline can fulfill your every outdoor want or need. There are four main trails that stem off of the Beltline and six new or renovated parks open to the public. Check out the Beltline to cross another Atlanta staple off of your bucket list!
Number 1 - Piedmont Park
In the heart of Atlanta, Piedmont Park marks the top of our best trails list. Considered Atlanta’s “Common Ground,” everyone can find something they can enjoy. The park has multiple exercise loops to keep you moving and motivated. The Active Oval is a gravel path that surrounds sand volleyball courts, kickball and soccer fields. Looking for a more picturesque route? Have no fear! Featured on nearly every Atlanta postcards everywhere, the Lake Loop is a mile long loop that overlooks the iconic Atlanta skyline. The park not only is for us humans, but also our furry friends too. The dog park includes nearly a three-acre dog run, separate enclosures for large and small dogs, as well as benches and restrooms for loyal dog owners.
Piedmont Park isn’t just for fitness, but it also for our taste buds. With amazing restaurants and farmer’s markets just steps from the park, what more could you need!
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contributing writer: Katie Goldberg