Best Bike Trails Around Atlanta
Atlanta has plenty of trails and areas where families can safely ride bikes. Have fun with your family peddling all over the city and suburbs.
Made of a large network of multi-use trails, and colorful murals, the Atlanta Beltline is a pedestrian friendly area that can be used for biking as well as jogging and walking. The Eastside trail has many dining and retail options. The Westside Trail recently opened and has many of the amenities of the popular Eastside Trail minus the large crowds. Extensions link many of Atlanta’s existing parks and trails together.
24 Fairlie St. NW, Atlanta. 404-477-3003.
Silver Comet Trail
This 61.5 mile rail to trail is named after the Silver Comet Rail Train that once ran from Atlanta to Birmingham. Ride your bikes across a 500-foot trestle and bring a picnic basket on this woodsy, paved trail. Mavell Road Trailhead, Smyrna.
Arabia Mountain Trail
Made up of 30 miles of biking, hiking and running trails, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Trail takes you past exposed granite and lakes along the way. Arabia Mountain Trail, Stockbridge. 404-998-8384.
Chastain Park Trail
This trail is made up of a 3-mile path around Chastain Park, and on any given day you can find it full of bikers and joggers. The trail is marked as two 5K courses and a separate 3K course. It is an asphalt trail with a few hills, which may be more challenging with a stroller, or young child. Chastain Park Trail, Atlanta. 404-237-2177.
Stone Mountain Trail
This 19-mile on-street and dedicated trail offers great views of Atlanta (bring a camera to take a picture at the Jackson Street bridge near Downtown), and has several great stopping points along the way. Take a stop at Stone Mountain village, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Candler Park, and downtown Decatur. Begins at Piedmont Ave. in downtown Atlanta and ends at the loop around Stone Mountain.
East Cobb Trail
In Marietta next to Roswell Road, it is a short trail, around 2 miles long, but perfect for young bikers and with parents walking or running beside them. It is also an easy connector to many neighborhoods in the area. Make sure to also check out the events listed on their website, as well as the playground. 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta.
Located in Druid Hills, this linear park is perfect for kids learning to ride a bike. The oval loop is flat and fun for young kids to go around several times. Plus, your kids can explore the wooded trails nearby by foot. 2199 N Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta.
– Teresa Farkas