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A short drive from downtown Atlanta—or, better yet, a short bike ride—the East Palisades network of riverside and tree-covered trails are perfect for bird-watching, trout fishing, trail-running, or just a nice stroll under the shady tree canopy.
This 3.8-mile clockwise loop, one of many alternatives on either side of the Chattahoochee, treks along the river before veering uphill into a hardwood forest where flame azaleas, mountain laurel, and rhododendrons line the trail in springtime. At the northern end of the loop, hikers have the option of U-turning for an out-and-back or detouring through a sleepy Atlanta neighborhood to complete the loop.
-Mapped by Scott Sanders
- Distance: 6.1
Location: 33.8779221, -84.4420242
Trailhead: To begin ,head north down the dirt trail, cross the bridge, bear left towards the river and cross another bridge. From here, the trail runs along the river.
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Turn right @ T intersection as the trail turns off the river and begins a moderate climb up a short mound.
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Turn right @ Y-junction as the trail continues uphill.
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Turn right @ T-intersection and keep climbing.
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Continue straight at 3-way junction as the trail approaches a highpoint.
Location: 33.8885689, -84.4392319
Turn right @ T-intersection. Trail begins a short downhill stretch.
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Turn left @ Y-junction as the trail heads back up hill.
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Continue straight at 4-way junction.
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A tricky intersection: go straight @ 3-way junction, continue just 20 yards and then make a left @ Y-junction.
Location: 33.8895302, -84.4393387
The trail descends a few steps heading down towards a wooden platform overlooking the river.
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Go left @ Y-junction, continuing downhill.
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The trail crosses a bridge and then continues uphill alongside a stream.
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The trail veers left, away from the stream.
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Make a sharp right @ 4-way intersection, following the trail as it heads uphill.
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Continue straight; undefined trail on left
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Turn right onto paved Riverview Road to continue on towards the east side of the loop, or turn around and retrace your steps back through the woods.
Location: 33.8953094, -84.4297028
Turn right on Northside Drive.
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Turn right on the paved Indian Trail.
Location: 33.8876762, -84.4337158
1425 Indian Trail is the street address at the entrance to the East Palisaded northeast parking lot. Here, a pathway leads back onto the gravel/dirt path.
Location: 33.8867416, -84.4350204
Continue straight @ 3-way junction. The river trail shoots off to the right here.
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The trail enters a gravel parking lot. Pick up the trail heading out of the rear of the lot to the left.
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Turn left @ Y-junction.
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Continue straight at 3-way junction.
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Go right @ Y-junction, cross a bridge, and head southwest back to the parking lot.
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The Chattahoochee River
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Atlanta in the distance
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