Hike Along the East Palisades Trail
Georgia › East Palisades Trailhead
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Hike the scenic Palisades section of the Chattahoochee River on this 3.4 mile loop.
From the Indian Trail trailhead, take the East Palisades Trail to descend to the riverbank, following Long Island Creek. After crossing a wooden bridge, you will see an intersection where you will turn right. Now the trail gains some elevation, and takes you to a lookout point above the river. Watch for signs indicating the trail as you come across further junctions.
Some notable sites are the ruins of a mill and a small bamboo forest. Eventually you will reach another great lookout point, with views of the river. The trail will then loop back to where you started, dropping down to the mill, then taking you up to Indian Trail Road, which leads back to the parking lot.
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Escape From The City
This is a trail that isn't too far from the city at all. The hike is easy with no incline since it's following along the Chattahoochee River. Which makes it a great for bird watching, plant observations, macro photography of insects, waving to passing kayakers and tubers, occasionally splashing in the water, and more. I recently went a few weeks ago to photograph birds with a friend. My friend got an amazing shot of this blue heron that is often in the shallow areas of the river along the trail. Now that it's warmer, we will probably go back soon to capture more birds!
Wooded Loop; Good Quick Trek
Went on this hike with a friend of mine while it was raining a. It. This trail is easy to follow and there are map markers every quarter mile of so. It was raining a bit so the trails were quite muddy and at an angle at a couple sections but it was still a good little trek. Multiple areas where the surrounding trees open up to larger rocks or ponds as well so a couple picturesque areas as well. A good little loop with some up and down movements to get out, get moving, and not spend a ton of time working through it. Note: $3 (cash) parking at the main "lot" through the Parks Service.
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