4 Things to Know About Atlanta BeltLine’s New Westside Trail
The three mile Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail just opened and it has many of the amenities of the popular Eastside Trail minus the large crowds. We love the playgrounds, opportunities to eat and shop, and the artwork and murals along the paved trail.
Playgrounds Near the Westside Trail
Rose Circle Park is a small, newly renovated park with fun climbing equipment for toddlers and older kids. A perfectly placed bench for parents shaded by an old oak tree overlooks the playground. Gordon-White Park, at the intersection of White Street and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, has a large green space for kids to run around and have a picnic. A favorite park in Atlanta, Washington Park has playground equipment, a tennis center, mature trees and plenty of green space for kids to run around.
Eat and Shop Near the Westside Trail
Lean Draft House serves tacos, has a big outdoor patio with picnic tables, and local beer on tap. Viva La Vegan has tasty vegetarian fare nearby. You will soon be able to get Honeysuckle Gelato, local beer at Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing, and European style cheeses at Southern Aged at the newly redeveloped Lee + White warehouses near the trail.
Explore the West End near the Westside Trail
This historic neighborhood with treelined streets and beautiful Victorian and Craftsman bungalow homes is easily accessible from the Westside Trail. Tour the Wren’s Nest, the home of author Joel Chandler Harris, and see where he penned Brer Rabbit tales in the African-American tradition. Professional storytellers spin their tales here every Saturday afternoon, one of the few remaining Queen Anne Victorian homes in Atlanta. Howell Park, in the middle of the West End commercial district, has a small tree canopied paved walking trail, benches, a pavilion and a cool mural.
How to Get To the Westside Trail
The Westside Trail is easily accessible via public transportation. On the East-West line, the Ashby Marta Station is a ten minute walk on Lena Street to the north end of the trail at Washington Park. On the North-South line, the West End Station is a ten minute walk on Lee Street to the south end of the trail. There is also street parking along the trail.