Get Outside and Explore!

Trails and Nature Areas We Love

It’s officially spring, and it’s time to get outside.  April in Atlanta is simply stunning.  Whether you’re spending time in your azalea-filled yard or on the dogwood-lined golf course, the scenery is gorgeous.  If you’re looking for new areas to explore in nature before the temps go up, check out our list below, and get outside!

North

If you’re on the north side of town, head to Coach Kory’s favorite spot—the Chattahoochee River.  There are many trailheads and activities up and down the river, and it’s one of the city’s most beautiful features.  Go for a peaceful walk with a good friend, crank up the tunes and jog, or get out that old bike and ride.  You can’t go wrong with the river trails, and you’ll likely see a few of the river area’s animal inhabitants. 

More info may be found here:

https://www.nps.gov/chat/index.htm

If seeing a waterfall is on your spring bucket list, check out Amicalola Falls.  About 1.5 hours north of Smugs Fitness, is Amicalola Falls State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest, which features Georgia's tallest waterfall.  The most well-known trail will take you straight up the sides of the waterfall and will reward you with spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains at the top. The area surrounding the falls features additional trails and activities.  

More info may be found here:

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/tumbling-waters-hiking-amicalola-falls/

South (ish)

If you’re on the southeast side of the city, check out the trails at Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain.  Several Smugs clients frequent this area that features two of Atlanta’s three rock/stone mountains. It offers extensive walking, hiking, and biking trails.   

More info can be found here:

 http://arabiaalliance.org/explore/trails/

On the southwest side of town, be sure to check out Cochran Mill Park.  This park features the ruins of three mills, waterfalls, and stone outcrops, in addition to beautiful local plant life.  A highlight is the 2.5 mile interpretive trail.

More info may be found here:

http://cochranmillpark.com

East

Stone Mountain Park is the other rock/stone mountain in the Atlanta area, and it’s a well-known spot for a walk or hike.  The views from the top are amazing, and it’s a must-do for all Atlanta residents and visitors. The most well-known trail goes straight up the mountain and is a bit steep, but it’s worth the climb.  And, you might see Coach Sam and Robert on your way up!

More info may be found here:

https://www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/Recreation-Golf/Hiking-Trails

West

One of the most well-known and accessible trails on the west side of the city is the Silver Comet Trail.  It follows an old rail line and is paved and generally flat.  It’s excellent for walking, jogging, and biking and is wheelchair and stroller friendly.  The trail goes all the way from Smyrna to the Alabama line where it connects to the Chief Ladiga trail. 

More info may be found here:

http://www.silvercometga.com

If you're willing to drive just a little bit farther west, check out Sweetwater Creek State Park.  The park features a large reservoir and trails that follow Sweetwater Creek to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, which was burned during the civil war.  The trails also provide wonderful views of the rapids below.  This is another must-see spot for nature lovers in the Atlanta area.

More info may be found here:

http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek

Intown

If you prefer to stay in town and hit the trails, check out the Beltline. The Beltline is a work in progress and will be completed in several phases over the upcoming years.  It also follows an old rail line and and incorporates existing trails to connect some of Atlanta's parks and areas of interest.  The Beltline is a huge hit, and the paths and trails are full of locals when the weather is nice.  

More info is available here:

https://beltline.org/visit/trails

What are your favorite trails or paths in and around Metro Atlanta?  Post a comment, and let us know!  Or, contact us to discuss being active and incorporating fitness into your life.