The Top 10 Explore-Worthy Bike Trails in Metro Atlanta

On October 12, 2020

The Top 10 Explore-Worthy Bike Trails in Metro Atlanta

The ATL Bike Challenge is in full swing, which means you can win tons of great prizes just for riding a bike.

Ready for a memorable ride? Scroll on to discover Atlanta’s must-see bike trails around Atlanta.

We’ve put together a map below to see where each bike trail is located. Click on a trail to view all of the important details you need before your ride.

  1. Silver Comet Trail

One of the metro area’s signature trails, this beautiful paved trail travels through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties and continues all the way into Alabama. Much of this quiet, non-motorized, paved trail is modest in elevation and shaded. There are numerous parking/bathroom facilities along its span to make your ride convenient and enjoyable.

  1. Cochran Shoals Trail

This beautiful, scenic trail is located on the northwestern outskirts of Atlanta and follows the western bank of the Chattahoochee River for nearly two miles. Because it is short, shaded, and mostly flat, this trail is ideal for new cyclists and is perfect for family riding. Parking can be a challenge, so we highly recommend going during non-peak hours.

  1. Noonday Creek Trail

The Noonday Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments: Woodstock and Kennesaw. The short Woodstock segment, about 1.6 miles, runs through the southwestern end of Woodstock and continues into the city’s charming downtown. If you want a longer ride, the Kennesaw segment of the Noonday Creek Trail is 6-miles long. You can explore Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, with nearly 3,000-acres that provides Civil War history and hiking opportunities.

  1. Suwanee Greenway

The multi-use Suwanee Creek Greenway meanders 4 miles along Suwanee Creek, offering a scenic ride through forest and wetlands. You’ll catch sight of wildlife and photo-worthy waterscapes. If you are looking for a short yet challenging workout, try this trail, as it has some hills.

  1. Arabia Mountain Path

This 12.4-mile trail winds its way through giant rock outcroppings, past rushing streams plunging in woodland waterfalls, and among farmland and fields of wildflowers waving in the breeze. Arabia Mountain is one of the most unique plant habitats in Georgia, so expect to see colorful moss and flowers year-round on your ride. You’ll get a great workout with this hilly path, passing by two domed granite mountains, several historic farms, and Alexander Lake.

  1. Stone Mountain Trail

If you’re looking for a more urban and unpolished adventure, the Stone Mountain Trail is one to consider. This 20.5-mile trail connects from Intown Atlanta all the way to Stone Mountain Park. The trail has some intermittent on-street travel, so be sure to only take it if you are comfortable. Sunscreen and water are must-haves and stay attentive to PATH foundation markers to avoid missing turns.

  1. Reeves Creek Trail

This 1.4-mile trail runs through a residential area of Stockbridge and offers a serene ride for cyclists who want to pace themselves. It begins in Memorial Park, which has plenty of recreational amenities, including picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a basketball court, and a jogging track.

  1. Proctor Creek Greenway

Accessible on MARTA via the Bankhead Station, this trail is a hidden gem. Near the trail’s southern end is Maddox Park, one of the oldest parks in the city, which offers a pool and athletic facilities. This park is recommended for those looking for a peaceful yet scenic ride.

  1. South Peachtree Creek Trail

The South Peachtree Creek Trail offers a trail network spanning just over 3 miles that connects to the trails at Lullwater Park on the Emory University campus. Linking four recreational amenities in DeKalb County, this trail features shaded trails, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a playground, pool, open space, a tennis center, a recreation center, and a picnic area.

  1. Atlanta BeltLine

Made of an extensive network of multi-use trails and colorful murals, the Atlanta Beltline is a pedestrian-friendly area that can be used for biking as well as jogging and walking.

The Eastside Trail, which travels 3.1 miles from Midtown to Old Fourth Ward, is the most popular segment of the BeltLine. While it can get crowded on weekends with cyclists, runners, walkers, and dogs, the vibrant art and activities along this segment provide incredible scenery along your ride.

If you’re looking for a quieter section of the BeltLine, plan a ride on these other segments: 

We hope you enjoy riding your bike on these trails as much as our team does. Comment below and tell us about your riding experience or if you have any trail recommendations.

And, happy riding! Be sure to log any rides you take during October on Love to Ride to win prizes.

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