Run, Walk, or Bike the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline
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Added by Matthew Koehnemann
The Eastside Trail is a 2.25-mile section of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile rails-to-trails project planned to eventually circle the entire city of Atlanta; connecting neighborhoods, parks and people, thus allowing pedestrians to get from one side of the city to the other under their own power.........and because, sometimes you just need and adventure close to the city!
To visit the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline, park in the paid public parking ($3 Monday-Thursday; $5 Friday-Sunday) at the far southeast corner of Piedmont Park, behind the Park Tavern restaurant and brewery. From there, walk to the intersection of Monroe Dr. and 10th St. and cross Monroe Dr. at the crosswalk located at the intersection. This will put you right in front of the access point to the paved Eastside Trail.
For 2.25 miles, the Eastside Trail acts as a seam, stitching together 5 trending neighborhoods (Midtown, Virginia-Highlands, Poncey-Highlands, Old Forth Ward and Inman Park) with stunning views of downtown, unique local eateries, west-coast style markets, local displays of art and several public green spaces to get some grass under your feet.
Some of the high points of the trail include:* Piedmont Park - A sprawling 189-acre park just east of Midtown Atlanta.* Ponce City Market - A mixed use development located in a beautiful (and massive) brick building that used to be a distribution center for the Sears and Robbuck Co in the early to mid 20th century. PCM is not finished to its entirety, but already within it are coffee shops, national and local retail shops, a food hall and boutiques.* Old Forth Ward Park* Rotating Local Art Displays* The Neighborhood of Inman Park - An entire Victorian neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places, with its own thriving strip of local downtown entertainment.
The Eastside Trail portion of the Beltline “ends” at Irwin St., located in the neighborhood of Inman Park. From here, a turn to the left will take you down to Krog Street Market, a west coast style market, which is an ideal location to refuel yourself with a bite and a beer. Hop City, within Krog Street Market, sells craft beer and wine, as well as keeping a healthy number of styles of beer on over 20 rotating taps to be purchased and enjoyed while walking around the rest of the market space. You can grab a beer that is widely distributed or, make the wiser choice, and get a beer brewed a little closer to Atlanta (Sweetwater, 3 Taverns, and Creature Comforts from Athens, GA are all excellent local brewery choices). Afterward, explore the rest of the warehouse size market and pick from a number of dining options.
Once you’ve had your fill at Krog Street (or any of the number of dining options along the Beltline), walk back up the Eastside Trail and retrace the 2.25 miles back to where you started.
- Clothing appropriate to your activity (walking, jogging, biking)
- A flexible schedule
- Sunglasses or a hat (there is little shade directly on the Eastside Trail of the Beltline)
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Awesome way to experience the city
Although this is not exactly your typical "immerse yourself in the wild" adventure, it really is a great way to get outside in the city. There are gardens and awesome artwork that line large sections of the Beltline. There are also some great local stores, restaurants, and bars to check out along the way. PCM and Krogg are both awesome markets too!
I was in a super short trip to ATL for work and loved being able to get outside and walk through such a great art inspired path! Super fun and felt very safe
Neat Inner City Trail
You get to be outside, surrounded by a variety of people also outside - walking, biking, running, boarding beside you or past you. Then there's art all over the place, from structures to graffiti. Then there's Ponce City Market which has been booming and developing. It's located in a large, old warehouse made new. There are several restaurants and stores inside. Great place to stop during your trek/ride on the beltline.
Real quick, the Beltline is a MUCH awaited treat for us ATLiens. The midtown section is AMAZING and can lead you to great drinks and dining (Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, and a whole host of standalone hits along the way) It gets SUPER crowded and you just have to be aware of your traffic around you and you're good. People are usually super happy just to not feel like they're in the city for a couple hours. :)
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