BeltLine Westside Itinerary
SPEND A DAY EXPLORING THE ATLANTA BELTLINE WESTSIDE TRAIL
The newest section of the Atlanta BeltLine is now open and there is plenty to see on the Westside. Walk, bike, run or skate along the paved paths and see the sights.
Featuring a tennis center, natatorium, playground, baseball field and picnic shelters, Washington Park provides Atlantans with more than 25 acres of greenspace for recreational activities. This historic park is the namesake of Atlanta’s first African American neighborhood and sits two blocks from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s high school. Use the BeltLine-connected Lionel Hampton Trail to ride your bike directly from the Ashby MARTA Station to reach Washington Park.
From Washington Park, begin your march south on the BeltLine through the neighborhoods of Just Us and Mozley Park. The trail weaves through the early 20th century neighborhoods featuring Victorian cottages and craftsman bungalows.
Location: Jct. of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Ashby St., Atlanta, Georgia
Two miles south of Washington Park sits Atlanta’s best collection of Afro-centric vegan restaurants. Slutty Vegan, the most acclaimed of the bunch, can be found four blocks west of the BeltLine’s Lucile Avenue entrance in the Westview neighborhood. Expect a long, but worth it wait to experience their 100 percent plant-based Impossible burgers topped with their famous Slutty Sauce.
West End, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, borders the BeltLine’s Eastern entrance at Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. and features its own vegan eateries including Tassili’s Raw Reality Café, Healthful Essence, and Soul Vegetarian Restaurant.
While in West End, stroll alongside the Queen Anne, Folk Victorian and bungalow houses on Peeples Street before making your way to Hammonds House, the African American culture and arts museum on the northern edge of the neighborhood. Featuring over 350 works of art from across the globe and rotating exhibits, Hammonds House celebrates culture and community.
Address: 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
THE WREN’S NEST
Visit The Wren’s Nest, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris, former editor of the Atlanta Constitution and author of the Uncle Remus Tales. The 1870 Queen Anne-style home is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the timeless legacy of the Br’er Rabbit tales.
Address: 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
DINNER AND DRINKS
As you proceed South on the BeltLine from Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. to the warehouse complex at Lee + White, take in the murals and street art that decorate the Westside trail. The BeltLine facing Lee + White complex is a massive open-container district and contains one of Atlanta’s best beer scenes. Home to Monday Night Brewing Garage, Wild Heaven Beer and Best End Brewing Company, the converted warehouse space offers a diverse array of world-class beer.
After a Slap Fight IPA from Monday Night or one of Wild Heaven’s ATL Easy Ales, grab dinner at one of the restaurants at the complex. In addition to beer, Wild Heaven offers Comida Fina, an in-house restaurant with elevated Latin fare including tacos and flatbreads. Next door, Boxcar serves classic American fare with a southern inspired twist.
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