10 Trails To Check Out This Summer In Metro Atlanta

Dust off your hiking boots and hit the trails this summer. (Courtesy of Pexels)

Atlanta isn’t just a concrete jungle.

The metropolis is home to trails that take explorers off the beaten road, past vibrant forests, ancient ruins and bustling waterways.

Slip on your walking shoes and use our list of local trails to help guide your next outdoor excursion.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 4055 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta

Off of Roswell Road, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve sits as a native habitat and nature lab. Within the outdoor environment the three-mile Blueway Trail that lines the preserve’s dam and wetlands.

Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary 

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 1520 Kittredge Park Road NE, Atlanta

Inside of the sanctuary, there is a trail that spans almost two miles that leads hikers past a waterfall and creek.

Fernbank Forest

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta

Throughout 65 acres, there Fernbank Forest features a creek and a walkway amongst the trees. All it costs is the price of Fernbank Museum admission. Animals, ranging from types of amphibians to mammals, dwell within the grounds.

Freedom Park

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Moreland Ave NE & North Avenue NE, Atlanta

This public green space is one of the largest in Atlanta. It’s six-mile path connect eight different neighborhoods, such as Inman Park and Poncey-Highland.

Morningside Nature Preserve

Hours: Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 2020 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta

Dog owners, this is the park for you. A “dog beach” is situated within this preserve and is frequented by four-legged friends who want to go swim in the shallow water creek. Two miles of trails course around the creek.

Silver Comet Trail

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Silver Comet Trail, Smyrna

It would take more than half of a day to walk the 61.5-mile long trail that begins in Smyrna at the Mavell Road Trailhead. The path leads almost to Alabama, at The Esom Hill Trailhead.

Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Brook Hollow Circle, Marietta

The trail includes a hike that drops into the park’s forest that leads to the ruins that resemble ancient castles and rooted into the fixed to the grounds of the park. The rubble is remnants of the 19th-century Sope Creek Paper Mill.

Stone Mountain Park

Hours: Subject to change

Where: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain

The year-round park boasts more than 3,000 acres of land. Within the grounds, there’s the Grist Mill and a large lake. The one-mile trail leads visitors up to the summit.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to dark

Where: 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs

Take in the sights of Sweetwater Creek State Park while hiking through the grounds. The remains of an ancient mill that was burned down during the Civil War stands along a rushing stream. Inside of the more than 2,000-acre park, there is an expansive lake, fishing docks and a boat ramp.

Zonolite Park

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Zonolite Road NE, Atlanta

Hike on the expansive gravel trails that run 1.3 miles through Zonolite Park, which features a pond, forest, creek and meadow. Within the grounds, check out the robust wildlife, such as fish, deer and birds.

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