It’s time we head inside the Atlanta city limits to find trails, and the Atlanta BeltLine is the perfect place! We’ve started with the Northside Trail in Tanyard Creek Park.
The Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta BeltLine is a former railway corridor around the city that is undergoing redevelopment. Plans include a 22 mile streetcar loop, 2,000 acres of parks, and 33 miles of multi-use trails. Segments here and there have already been developed, but the whole loop hasn’t been completed yet.
The Northside Trail
The Northside Trail was the first of the BeltLine trails open on the north side of Atlanta. Everywhere I look touts the Northside Trail as the most scenic of the BeltLine trails, so I decided it would be a great place to begin exploring the BeltLine.
We accessed the trail through Tanyard Creek Park just off of Collier Road. We parked in a small parking lot across from Overbrook Drive and walked down to the trail. From there, we turned right, following the trail to the south. The paved trail follows along Tanyard Creek. Past a playground, the trail crosses Tanyard Creek over a wide bridge. The trail then goes through a covered bridge beneath a 30-foot tall wooden railway and, after forking to the left, by another playground (this one has some fancy play equipment that will send you spinning and make you extremely dizzy, if anyone is interested).
The Northside Trail ends at Ardmore Road, but if you want to keep walking you can go back to the intersection and follow the fork to the right, which will take you on the Tanyard Creek Trail through Ardmore Park under a canopy of trees. The Tanyard Creek Trail ends abruptly at a townhome complex, so we turned back and retraced our steps back to the Collier Road parking lot. This made for a short 1 mile walk. The trail continues more up north, but we left that to be explored next time!
What is your favorite part of the Atlanta BeltLine? Let me know in the comments!