Silver Comet Trail
Hours: Daylight only. 770-528-8825
Trail Access: Powder Springs, 3453 Florence Rd. Mableton, 4342 Floyd Rd., Heritage Park; 60 Fontaine Rd.; Smyrna, 4573 Mavell Rd. SE; 140 Concord Rd.; 4160 Atlanta Rd.
Enjoy autumn in Georgia on this scenic paved route open to walkers, bicyclists, roller-bladers, dogs and even horses. Stretching over 60 miles – from Smyrna to the Alabama border – this flat trail is built over an old railroad line, making it easy to negotiate for all ages.
Hours: It’s never too late for a walk. Path Foundation, 404-875-7284
Trail Access: Red Lot on Powers Ferry Road near the Chastain Amphitheater
Feel the closeness of the community at one of the most popular paths in the Atlanta area. This trail follows the edge of the Chastain golf course and includes a few hills and dips along the way. Newly installed lights allow this path to be open to the public even after dusk.
Kennesaw National Battlefield
Hours: Dawn to dusk; parking available 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. at the visitors center.
Trail Access: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw
The beautiful shades of fall are vibrant throughout the 16 miles of trails featured within the historic Civil War site. Challenge your family to try the one-mile scenic trail to the top of the mountain. The view will be worth every step.
McIntosh Trail Recreation Complex
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Trail Access: 151 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City
There is no better cure for stress than a relaxing stroll to enjoy the crisp, cool air of autumn. This popular Peachtree City trail has a dog park, too.
– Sarah Egan