Trail Descriptions and Maps
PATH trails enhance community spirit and bring neighborhoods together. Each day, thousands of joggers, walkers, bikers and skaters from all walks of life escape the roads and hit the trails for travel and recreation. The demand for trails has increased dramatically as our citizens look for safer ways to exercise, recreate and reconnect with their neighbors.
Below you will find descriptions of our trails with links to Trail Maps, which will help you find our trails.
The PATH Foundation, in partnership with DeKalb County, Rockdale County, and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance has developed an extraordinary trail system through 7000 acres of greenspace southeast of Atlanta. The Arabia Mountain PATH network meanders through incredible rock outcroppings, colorful wildflower fields, rushing streams, and towering pines as it makes its way from the Mall at Stonecrest into Panola Mountain State Park and beyond. The trail system is over 33 miles long with several additional segments planned for development.
The Carrollton Greenbelt is a sixteen mile long circumferential trail around the City of Carrollton. The trail traverses the University of West Georgia campus, skirts the Sunset Hills Golf Course, visits marshes and parks and scores of neighborhoods. The Greenbelt is open daylight hours.
The PATH Foundation has completed the East Decatur Greenway Trail! The 1.1 mile bicycle/pedestrian trail will provide safe, off-the-road access to the Avondale MARTA station from the trailhead at 890 Columbia Drive. As a reclamation project from abandoned gas station to beautiful greenspace, the new trail features a state-of-the art bicycle/pedestrian plaza.
PATH had the privilege of building the first segment of the BeltLine Trail on an abandoned rail bed between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street in east Atlanta. This trail has its own lifestyle where adjacent neighbors meet to exercise and socialize. The 2.2 mile-long trail offers ready access to eateries, bars, parks, and shopping.
PATH has partnered with the St. Simons Land Trust to build almost seven miles of trails on St. Simons Island. The Island Trail System connects East Beach to the village and Sea Island to Hampton Point and all the restaurants and lodges along the way.
The City of LaGrange and the Friends of the Thread officially opened the first segment of the LaGrange Thread on July 22nd. The 1.8 mile-long trail originates two blocks from Lafayette Square and weaves through Granger Park near LaGrange High School. The steering committee chose “The Thread” as the name for the trail system based on LaGrange’s history as a garment and textile producer. The completed trail begins close to downtown LaGrange and the new Marriott Garden Inn, then loops around a lake to ball fields at Granger Park.
PATH Parkway, a tree-lined walking and biking facility connecting West Midtown, Georgia Tech, and the Coca-Cola headquarters to Centennial Olympic Park, is open and ready for bike rides and runs. West Midtown residents, Georgia Tech students, and Coca-Cola employees walking, jogging, or traveling by bike now have a separated facility connecting them to downtown and other PATH trails. PATH Parkway was created by repurposing the two, southbound lanes of the Tech Parkway into the bikeway, a landscaped median, and a walkway for pedestrians. The design allows for a row of trees between the bikeway and walkway providing shade for most of the route.
Proctor Creek PATH follows the creek from the Bankhead MARTA Station at Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway toward Boyd Elementary School on Johnson Road. The trail winds along the west side of the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, which is slated to become the largest City of Atlanta park.
The South River Trail connects the radio controlled air field on Constitution Road to Gresham Park, Sugar Creek Golf Course and the Decatur campus of the Georgia Perimeter College. It features a trail head near Bouldercrest Road and Constitution, a tunnel under Bouldercrest Road, scenic overlooks of the South River, a bridge over Sugar Creek, and spur trails to surrounding neighborhoods. PATH recently completed the 3.4 mile extension of the trail along the periphery of the golf course, under I-285, and onto the campus of Georgia Perimeter College on Panthersville Road. The trail is now seven miles long with extensions on the drawing board. The South River Trail will eventually link to the Atlanta Beltline and Arabia Mountain PATH.
The Southtowne Trail connects the Brown’s Mill Recreation Center on Cleveland Ave to Southbend Park on Lakewood Ave. It traverses the Swan Nature Preserve with a spectacular bridge over a tributary to the South River. A trailhead with parking is located on McWilliams Road near the intersection with Browns Mill Road.
The Southwest Beltline Connector Trail system links Benjamin Mays Road and Willis Mill Road to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail (under construction) through the Utoy Creek Natural Conservation area. A spur trail connects Beecher Elementary School to the Atlanta Beltline along
PATH is converting an abandoned rail line between the Town of Port Royal and Yemassee South Carolina into a beautiful greenway trail with help from local governments and the James M. Cox Foundation. This trail crosses refurbished trestles, and smaller bridges over swirling tidal creeks. Frequent views of the coastal marsh make for an incredible trail experience. The trail passes through the historic freight depot about one mile from downtown Beaufort.
Three phases of the project are under development as of September 2015. When these phases are completed the trail will be almost 11 miles long.
The Stone Mountain Trail begins with the John Portman Cycle Track at Centennial Olympic Park, then continues across Piedmont Ave in downtown Atlanta, along the Freedom Parkway trail and ends at the loop around Stone Mountain. The nineteen mile-long trail does require on-street travel for almost four miles, in Candler Park and through Clarkston. The trail connects downtown Atlanta to the ML King Historic site, the Carter Center, Fernbank History Center, downtown Decatur, Stone Mountain Village, and Stone Mountain Memorial Park. The trail ends at the loop road around Stone Mountain affording travelers access to all Stone Mountain Park venues.
The Atlanta-Decatur trolley line used to wind its way through Cabbagetown and Kirkwood to Agnes Scott university in Decatur. PATH constructed a trail on portions of the right-of-way before the Olympics. It paralells Woodbine Avenue and Oakview Road past Coan Middle School into Kirkwood. Future extensions will connect this trail to the Atlanta BeltLine near Kirkwood and Flat Shoals Avenues.
This segment of the Atlanta BeltLine Trail connects Rose Circle Park to Westview Ave along White Street where the BeltLine corridor is too narrow to accept the trail and transit tracks. The trail features a connection to Brown Middle School and Lawton St. The highlight of the trail is Gordon White Park which PATH completely upgraded as part of building the trail.
PATH crews have built the first section of the Westside Trail linking the Luckie Street Cycle Track with Mercedes Benz Stadium. The extension of the Westside Trail to Cook’s Park is being constructed under the supervision of the City’s Watershed Management Department, including streetscapes along Boone Boulevard. PATH is partnering with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to extend the trail along Boone Boulevard through Cook’s Park to Elm Street. The TPL will be overseeing trail construction as part of their extensive renovation of the park.
PATH Foundation plans to build a memorial to Mayor Ivan Allen Junior on the Ivan Allen bridge. Construction of the memorial should start soon.