UPDATED MAR 17, 2020
If you’re looking for an escape from the city noise, A-Town offers just as many countryside cruises as it does urban. So whether you’re looking for the quickest route to work or to the party, these bike trails in Atlanta will get you on your way.
Trade in the noise of the city for a relaxing nature cruise on this trail. At the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, you can enjoy this one any time of day, but sunset is by far the most breathtaking. You’ll get your nature fix biking through the dense forest next to captivating streams and views of the granite mountain. You may just catch a glimpse of cows and other farm animals as you ride through fields of haystacks and old farms. The Arabia Mountain Trail totals 12.4 miles and connects to two other trails at its southern end: Silver Comet and Rockdale River. Make a day of it!
Set in the northern suburbs of Alpharetta, Roswell, and Cumming, this bike path makes for a good wind-down or morning bike ride. Running between a series of recreational parks and neighborhoods, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to rest. You’ll ride smoothly along this paved trail parallel to the serene creek while taking in the beautifully preserved natural environment. Fitt Tip: Most of this path is shaded, so you may consider wearing a light jacket in the cooler months.
Similar to the suburban feel of Big Creek, this quiet trail links two neighborhood parks in Gwinnett County, Lions Club Park, and Lilburn City Park. You’ll love this one for its wide two-way traffic path and permacast pavement which, combined, provide a ride so smooth you’ll surely forget your mileage. (There’s also a boardwalk that you’ll definitely want to explore.) And it’s rumored that rabbits are frequently spotted on this trail, so have your camera ready for that too (…as long as you’ve got one hand still steering).
This is the perfect after-work bike ride if you work or live in the Buckhead area. This three-mile loop is home to a golf course, tennis center, horse park, and playground. And the incline on this trail is something serious, so if you’re looking to add a little challenge to your short ride, this will do the trick. Though, we should mention Chastain Trail has been pegged as one of the more social trails, so if you’re wary of pedestrians, you may not want to go midday or on weekends.
A creek, a mountain, and a forest all in one? Yup! Noonday Creek Trail runs from old downtown Woodstock to Kennesaw Battlefield Mountain, crossing a bridge over the creek and taking to the streets car-side at various segments. The trail even features a dog park cleverly named “Woofstock” and incredibly tranquil spots to enjoy the creek. Be sure to hop off your bike and hike down to the creekside to get a closer look.
The Beltline project, once completed, will span 33 miles and connect 45 neighborhoods across Metro Atlanta, so you should know that there are literally beltline access points everywhere! From the Eastside Trail in the Old Fourth Ward to the West End Trail near Cascade, the Northside Trail at Collier Road, and a series of random paved and unpaved entries in between, being on two wheels has never been easier. If you’re looking for a chance to zone out and just cruise, we’d suggest staying away from the Eastside and Northside Beltline paths on the weekends — they’re sure to be filled with kids, parents chasing kids, and more kids. Instead, try biking the Eastside or West End trails heading out of the city to unwind and snap some pictures of the local trailside artistry.
Get lost in Atlanta’s own mini-Central Park. It’s hard not to spend an entire day in this picturesque park, and with plenty of places to stop and recharge, why would you leave? Pizza, wine, fro-yo, or all three? The perimeter of this park is lined with tasty restaurants and food trucks. Pedestrians, bikers, in-liners, and dog-walkers all enjoy this city-centered natural oasis. It may get crowded, but it’s just so convenient — there are many paved entry points from Midtown to Buckhead and even access from the Beltline’s Eastside Trail.
Much like the Atlanta Beltline, this multi-use trail connects each corner of Peachtree City, making it accessible from multiple points and giving you a scenic tour of the old Southern town. If you hadn’t heard, Peachtree City is also known as a golf-cart town, where almost everything is accessible by golf cart… and therefore, by bike. At any time, you’ll catch people cruising along to shops and restaurants or taking the perfect weekend joyride through the charming town.
Connecting to the Arabia Mountain Trail, this bike path is equally rewarding on the nature/outdoorsy end of things. The trail snakes through a captivating pine forest and crosses over the Alexander Lake on a wooden bridge. You’ll bike parallel to a series of streams while soaking in the wildlife, but brace yourself — this bike path is hilly!
This smooth, paved ride makes for a great long-distance cruise. The Silver Comet Trail stretches a whopping 61 miles following the old Georgia railway from Smyrna to the Alabama border. Journey through Georgia’s historical countryside, taking in old railway relics and weaving in and out of tunnels surrounded by pine trees on every side. Its location and distance make it the perfect activity for a weekend excursion, so make an entire day of it with friends.
This 20-mile bike path is by far the most scenic, as it takes you on a ride from the busy, buzzing Midtown scene to the old rustic town of Stone Mountain. Once there, you’ll then circle the 4.5-mile base of the massive mountain. The trails intersect with two other paths—the Eastside Beltline and the Freedom Park Trail—winding by sights such as Fernbank Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and the ever-popular Old Fourth Ward neighborhood where you can grab a bite to eat at Krog Street Market or any of the various local restaurants.
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