Atlanta, GA: West Palisades

Just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the trails at West Palisades offer hikers, trail runners, and trout fisherman an urban escape along the Chattahoochee River.
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Just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the trails at West Palisades offer hikers, trail runners, and trout fisherman an urban escape along the Chattahoochee River.

The West Palisades trail network in the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area offers one of Atlanta’s most convenient urban escapes. This 4.8-mile out-and-back wanders north along the Chattahoochee, trekking over moderate tree-covered hills before jogging back down to the river. You'll pass a handful of premium trout fishing spots and serene views of rapids and shoals. Start from the Paces Mill Trailhead and begin hiking north along the river. One mile in, after passing the Long Island Shoals, the trail turns west and heads inland over a series of mild forested hills. Heading back east, the route passes an on-trail restroom before a spur trail option to an excellent river viewpoint/fishing spot just north of the Thornton Shoals. This hike U-turns 0.2 mile up the trail near another river view, but a bit of optional bushwhacking will reward with views of the Devils Race Course Shoals, just around the bend to the north. -Mapped by Scott Sanders

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.6

Waypoints

021

Location: 33.8915901184082, -84.4288177490234

04-MAY-08 10:30:51AM turn right on paved Indian Trail

036

Location: 33.8894958496094, -84.4558410644531

04-MAY-08 12:03:51PM cross steel bridge and bear left under bridge, continue on Bob Callan trail

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Location: 33.891170501709, -84.4373779296875

003

Location: 33.8838844299316, -84.442138671875

04-MAY-08 9:34:56AM turn right at T intersection, if you don't go into the woods, turn right at the next turn and go into the woods.

030

Location: 33.8715591430664, -84.4536819458008

04-MAY-08 11:31:06AM

006

Location: 33.8880462646484, -84.439811706543

04-MAY-08 9:46:17AM go straight at T intersection

011

Location: 33.8896636962891, -84.4395217895508

04-MAY-08 9:51:20AM wooden platform overlooking view of the river

001

Location: 33.8779220581055, -84.442024230957

04-MAY-08 9:24:36AM Trailhead start, go down the dirt trail, cross the bridge, bear left and cross another bridge

031

Location: 33.8759078979492, -84.4488906860352

04-MAY-08 11:41:54AM

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Location: 33.8898544311523, -84.4396514892578

007

Location: 33.8885726928711, -84.439208984375

04-MAY-08 9:47:24AM turn right at T intersection, go down hill

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Location: 33.8777809143066, -84.442138671875

024

Location: 33.8843154907227, -84.4367599487305

04-MAY-08 10:48:36AM gravel parking lot, pick up trail to left and rear of the parking lot.

008

Location: 33.8885765075684, -84.4386291503906

04-MAY-08 9:48:19AM turn left up hill at Y intersection

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Location: 33.882682800293, -84.4427185058594

020

Location: 33.8953094482422, -84.4297027587891

04-MAY-08 10:24:46AM turn right on paved Northside Drive

014

Location: 33.8908996582031, -84.4375686645508

04-MAY-08 10:07:10AM crosses a bridge and goes uphill next to a stream

022

Location: 33.8876762390137, -84.4337158203125

04-MAY-08 10:42:01AM 1425 Indian Trail is the street address at the entrance to Northeast parking lot into East Palisades. Pathway goes back onto gravel/dirt path

017

Location: 33.8913803100586, -84.4375381469726

04-MAY-08 10:10:20AM Sharp right, less than 90 degrees, at a 4 way intersection, going up hill

010

Location: 33.8895301818848, -84.439338684082

04-MAY-08 9:50:28AM steps going down towards river

033

Location: 33.8770446777344, -84.4479522705078

04-MAY-08 11:44:06AM

015

Location: 33.890926361084, -84.4374084472656

04-MAY-08 10:07:24AM trail turns left away from stream

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Location: 33.891902923584, -84.4564056396484

027

Location: 33.8800582885742, -84.4403915405274

04-MAY-08 10:58:57AM go straight at T intersection

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Location: 33.877140045166, -84.447998046875

039

Location: 33.8938369750977, -84.4575881958008

04-MAY-08 12:11:45PM turn right at T intersection at 1.8 Mile post to end of trail. Retrace path back to beginning.

035

Location: 33.8849868774414, -84.4526062011719

04-MAY-08 11:56:34AM Little over 1 mile here.

037

Location: 33.8906898498535, -84.4560546875

04-MAY-08 12:07:02PM go under bridge and cross wooden bridge

019

Location: 33.8947334289551, -84.435661315918

04-MAY-08 10:16:59AM turn right on paved Riverview Road, or turn around and retrace tracks back through the woods.

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Location: 33.8909492492676, -84.4378204345703

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Location: 33.8895606994629, -84.4383316040039

009

Location: 33.8889236450195, -84.4388046264648

04-MAY-08 9:49:04AM go straight at 4 way intersection

025

Location: 33.8835830688477, -84.437141418457

04-MAY-08 10:50:50AM back on dirt trail, headed south and westerly

005

Location: 33.8854217529297, -84.4412307739258

04-MAY-08 9:41:00AM right hand turn at T intersection up hill

012

Location: 33.8897285461426, -84.4388198852539

04-MAY-08 9:58:36AM go straight at Y intersection, go 20 yards and make a left at a Y intersection (this intersection can be tricky)

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Location: 33.8917121887207, -84.4373931884766

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Location: 33.8894882202148, -84.4557418823242

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Location: 33.8914184570312, -84.4375534057617

038

Location: 33.8918380737305, -84.4563369750976

04-MAY-08 12:08:47PM go under interstate bridge

029

Location: 33.878231048584, -84.4421081542969

04-MAY-08 11:03:14AM cross back over bridge, trail turns left and heads to parking lot at the beginning

013

Location: 33.8894271850586, -84.4382476806641

04-MAY-08 9:59:44AM left on a Y intersection going downhill

002

Location: 33.8825798034668, -84.4426574707031

04-MAY-08 9:32:41AM pretty section of the river

018

Location: 33.8944320678711, -84.435905456543

04-MAY-08 False trail on left at T intersection, go straight here

028

Location: 33.8798599243164, -84.4406356811524

04-MAY-08 10:59:30AM go right at Y intersection, and cross bridge I about 50 yards

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Location: 33.8806610107422, -84.4511566162109

026

Location: 33.8819351196289, -84.4393768310547

04-MAY-08 10:54:57AM turn left at Y intersection

032

Location: 33.876766204834, -84.4482040405274

04-MAY-08 11:43:35AM

034

Location: 33.8805618286133, -84.4510803222656

04-MAY-08 11:49:40AM .8 mile marker

004

Location: 33.8843765258789, -84.4417037963867

04-MAY-08 9:36:00AM right hand turn up hill at Y intersection

023

Location: 33.8867416381836, -84.4350204467774

04-MAY-08 10:44:12AM go straight at T intersection, river trail is to the right here

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Location: 33.8716049194336, -84.4536437988281

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Location: 33.8908767700195, -84.4562606811524

016

Location: 33.8912544250488, -84.4372100830078

04-MAY-08 10:08:05AM cross a small stream with no bridge