Explore Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail
Take a peaceful stroll or ride through the Northside Trail with beautiful hardwoods, past a playground and over the creek via bridges. Atlanta’s moniker of “the City in a Forest” is most evident on this trail with old growth trees mostly blocking out the surrounding Buckhead buildings and making the trail seem secluded.
1. Ardmore Park
The Atlanta Beltline’s Northside Trail is perfect for a short run or bike ride on a paved and beautifully scenic path. Start at the extreme south of Buckhead at Ardmore Park in the heart of one of Atlanta’s historic intown neighborhoods. The park is home to Ardmore Park Playground, a spacious area to play, picnic and relax. With street parking available, enter the trail through Ardmore Road.
Where: Ardmore Road NW
2. Tanyard Creek Park
Continue your run or walk up toward Tanyard Creek Park. The paved and fairly flat trail runs, in part, along a beautiful creek and is surrounded by majestic trees and greenery. Have your camera ready to capture the spectacular view of the CSX railroad trestle that passes directly over the trail. The scenic route is vivid a example of why Atlanta is the “City in the Forest.” You will feel connected with nature even though you’re just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While many locals arrive on bikes, there is a parking lot located on Collier Road, which features a historical marker about the Battle of Peachtree Creek. This historic area was the site of important battles during the Civil War.
Where: Collier Road NW.
3. Collier Hills / Colonial Homes
Just steps away from Northside Beltline Trail, and with a spectacular view of Bobby Jones Golf Course, find Colonial Homes Buckhead. The area, with more than 250 garden apartments and townhouses has drawn generations of young Buckhead residents since the 1940s. In the 1960s, Colonial Homes was considered “party central.”
Where: Collier Hills
4. Bobby Jones Golf Course
Along the way, grasp a view of the one-of-a-kind Bobby Jones Golf Course, home to the Grand Slam Golf Academy, the Murray Golf House and the Dan Yates Putting Course. Bobby Jones offers two courses with multiple tees and pins combinations for playing completely different loops each time around.
Where: 2205 Northside Drive NW
If golfing is not your thing, but you want to enjoy the views and take a break from your walk along the Atlanta Beltline Northside Trail, Boone’s is the perfect stop. Boone’s is a neighborhood restaurant offering a variety of American dishes, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and incredible views of the Bobby Jones Golf Course. Stop by and enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner along with a refreshing cocktail.
Where: 2205 Northside Drive NW
6. Peachtree Creek
As you run, bike or stroll along the Atlanta Beltline Northside Trail, you are likely to come across Peachtree Creek. This is a major stream that runs for 7.5 miles across Atlanta. Aside from being an incredible place to enjoy the outdoors in the city, Peachtree Creek is also an important part of history. It is the site of the Battle of Peachtree Creek, a major battle during the American Civil War.
Where: Woodward Way NW and Whitmore Drive NW
7. Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
About a half mile off the Northside Beltline Trail, find the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Named after longtime Atlanta tennis legend Bryan M. Grant Jr., the center is the largest public tennis facility in Atlanta with 13 public clay courts and 10 hard courts. Bitsy Grant Tennis Center was once the headquarters of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association, the country’s largest grassroots tennis organization. Reserve a court to play a tennis match in the heart of Atlanta or stop by to catch a game or two.
Where: 2125 Northside Drive NW
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