Where to ride in Atlanta
Metro Atlanta is home to spectacular places to ride a bike. Some of these trails are hidden gems but word is getting out. Chances are that you do not know where all 397 miles of trails are in our region, so let’s explore some of what the region has to offer to make your Biketober experience a blast! Please check our Biketober events page for more events to get you, your coworkers and your friends riding!
- PATH Foundation Trails - The PATH Foundation includes an array of trails across Metro Atlanta, totaling well over 100 miles and include some of the most scenic views in the state. Most PATH trails are paved and include gentle slopes so they are suited for even the most novice riders and make for great paths to enjoy leisure rides. Some of the trails are featured below!
- Allatoona Creek Mountain Bike Trail - The Allatoona Creek Park Mountain Bike Trail System currently includes over 30 miles of fun trails. Trails include Rusty Bucket, Mason's Bridge, Driftwood, MumboJumbo, Voodoo, Hocus Pocus, Turtleback, Red Barron, Whipper Snapper and various jump lines, a new pump track and skills section. Riding difficulty levels range between beginner (Rusty Bucket), and advanced (Whipper Snapper).
- Arabia Mountain Trail/Panola Mountain State Park - Over 30 miles of trails are open to bikers including a connection to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. There are several opportunities with the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Panola Mountain State Park to hike trails on foot and bike racks are located at the entrances to several of these trails.
- Atlanta Beltline - The Atlanta Beltline, one of the largest urban infrastructure projects in the nation and which will feature (upon completion) 33 miles of multi-use trails connecting 45 intown neighborhoods, and connect with other regional trail networks together as well. Existing segments include the Eastside trail, the Southwest trail, the Northside trail, and the Westside trail.
- Big Creek Greenway - Big Creek Greenway spans nearly 20 miles, connecting Cumming, Alpharetta, and Roswell. The paved trail is currently open in two disconnected sections with a gap of a couple miles in northeast Alpharetta.
- Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trail - Blankets Creek is an excellent example of a stacked-loop trail system. Short, flat, easy trails are accessible right from the parking lot for beginner riders, but keep heading further in and you'll experience intermediate singletrack as well as advanced trails full of rocks, jumps, berms, and some serious exposure.
- Chastain Park Trail - The 3-mile trail is marked as two 5K courses and a separate 3K course. It is an asphalt trail with a few hills, which may be more challenging with a stroller, or young child. Chastain Park is well known for its beautiful residential neighborhood and outdoor concert amphitheater. And it’s also well-known for recreation, with a pool, golf course, tennis center, and horse park.
- Cumberland CID Trails - Hop onto one of the trails near the I-285/I-75 interchange that can connect you to the Silver Comet or the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.
- Carrollton GreenBelt - The Carrollton GreenBelt is an 18-mile shared-use path designed for pedestrians and non-motorized users. The trail connects existing neighborhoods with the city school campus, the University of West Georgia, the city parks, and several commercial shopping areas.
- Mountain to River Trail - Nearly 2 miles of the Mountain-to-River Trail are complete in northwestern Marietta. The paved trail begins at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which stretches more than 2,000 acres over a Civil War battleground. It continues southeast to a busy commercial area off Roselane Street. One day, the trail will continue several miles further east to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
- Noonday Creek Trail - Noonday Creek Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marietta, Georgia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
- Path 400 Greenway - PATH400 has become a favorite spot for Buckhead walkers, joggers, bikers and pet owners to get out for some fresh air and exercise. It runs along the spine of GA 400 and, once complete, will provide a 5.2 mile greenway through the heart of Buckhead, connecting neighborhoods, office and retail locations with a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Silver Comet Trail - The Silver Comet Trail is one of Georgia’s top trails for running, walking, cycling, or skating. It’s an epic-length, 61.5-mile trail that spans from the Atlanta suburbs in Smyrna to the Alabama border. Hills on the trail are gradual, and the trail runs nearly straight, following a beeline direction with gentle curves. Limited street crossings make for a great, distraction-free, long-distance run or cycle on the trail.
- Stone Mountain Trail - This 19-mile on-street and dedicated trail offers great views of Atlanta and has several great stopping points along the way, including: Stone Mountain village, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Candler Park, and downtown Decatur. The trail ends at the loop road around Stone Mountain affording travelers access to all Stone Mountain Park venues.
Want Something Closer to Home?
Depending on where you live, these area specific routes might be right outside your front door!
- Bartow - Open daily, Sosebee Cycling Park is a donation-based parking area for cyclists located at 456 Simpson Road NE, White GA 30184. The park provides water, shade, picnic tables, changing rooms and a restroom. A second Sosebee Cycling Park at 433 Bozeman Road in White offers a convenient rest stop as you pedal along low traffic routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles with picturesque views of farmland and the Appalachian foothills. For information call 770-354-4777.
- City of Cartersville - There are two loops connecting Pine Mountain - the East Loop and the West Loop. This is a rugged and challenging hike that reaches 1,562 feet above sea level. Once you reach the top of this mountain you will be at the highest point in the City of Cartersville. The trail is open daily for hiking. Mountain biking is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday on the East Loop only. Bikers must wear a helmet and follow the color-directional signs for those days.
- Henry County - Make plans to ride these Henry County trails, then spend the day exploring by climbing a tree, taking your pet to the bark park, borrowing a book or choosing from many of the other activities in the area. Fitness fanatics and fun seekers alike will enjoy spending time at the trails throughout the county.
- Peachtree City - Peachtree City has over 100 miles of multi-use paths, a nationally-recognized benchmark off-road transportation network for bicycles and pedestrians. The path system provides access to local businesses and shopping and is an increasingly popular option for commuting to work, school, and recreation. Additionally, Peachtree City has designated some arterial streets as "bike friendly" as either a marked bicycle lane or bicycle route.
- Rockdale County - Rockdale River Path Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Conyers, Georgia that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
- Woodstock - From natural paths to dog friendly walks to world-class mountain bike trails, there’s no shortage of places to wander in Woodstock, Georgia.
LOOKING FOR BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SOCIAL RIDES?
- The Mobile Social meets at Woodruff Park the second Thursday of each month (October 10th) at 7 pm.
- Atlanta Cycling - Series of monthly rides in Ansley, Duluth, Roswell and Vinings. Check their for dates, times, and locations.
- Gear Act - Series of monthly rides in Decatur and Atlanta. Check their calendar for dates, times, and locations.
- Grant Park Neighborhood Ride - Meets at Loose Nuts Bike Shop in Grant Park every Thursday at 5 pm and Sunday at 9 am
- Dope Pedalers - Meets at 502 Pryor St. on Sunday and Thursday nights at 8 pm and on the Beltline at 151 Sampson on Tuesdays at 11 am.
- MACC Beginner Ride - Meets at 300 Peters Street SW the second Saturday of each month (October 12th) at 9 am
- LIPS (Ladies Into Pedalling Successfully) Eastside Ride - Meets at Aztec Cycles in Stone Mountain every Saturday at 10 am
- LIPS Westside Ride - Meets at Clutch Bicycle Shop in Southwest Atlanta every Saturday at 11 AM
Relay Bike Share in Atlanta has 500 bikes and more than 70 stations across the city. It's a quick and easy way to access a bike for transportation or recreation, and their technology makes it easy to find a bike, park it at your destination, and then return it when you're done with your ride (or have them pick it up at your destination for a small charge). You can also find their stations just by looking for the gorgeous blue bike share bikes!
Zagster is the primary bike share north of the perimeter Zagster stations can be found along trailheads in Alpharetta, Carrollton, Cumberland Center, Kennesaw Towncenter, Smyrna, Suwanee, and Woodstock. Download the app and create an account to begin. When you want to ride you can use the app to find and rent bikes or you can look out for bike docks when you're in the city. Make sure you return the bike to a dock when you've finished riding.
LOCAL BIKE RENTAL
If you are interested in renting a bicycle to get out and experience some of the Atlanta region’s great bicycle trails and facilities, please contact one of the following bike shops for rates and availability:
- Interested in cycling on the Atlanta Beltline, through Piedmont Park, or around Downtown and Midtown Atlanta? Try: Relay Bike Share, Civil Bikes (who also offer fantastic tours of historic Atlanta), or Bicycle Tours of Atlanta.
- If you want to ride on the Silver Comet Trail but need a set of wheels, you can rent a bike through Smyrna Bikes or Comet Trail Cycles .
- Contact Cycleworks for bike rentals near the Big Creek Greenway and downtown Roswell.
- Check out Aztec Cycles for exploring the Stone Mountain area and its surrounding trails, or Free-Flite Bicycles if you are in Marietta.
- C-Town Bike Shop is a great resource to rent bikes and explore the East Metro’s network of trails; including: Old Towne Conyers Trail, Rockdale River Trail, and the Arabia Mountain PATH Trail.
- Bike rental across the South Metro is easier thanks to Atlanta Trek’s new McDonough location, and Peachtree City location.
- Atlanta Cycling is another great resource for bike rentals, and with shops around the region there’s bound to be one near you.
- Perpetual Motion Bicycles, Inc. in Carrollton is a great place to rent a bike to enjoy the Carrollton GreenBelt. They rent GIANT Cypress DX (a comfort hybrid), Sedona DX (a classic comfort bike), and Roam 3 (a sport or fitness hybrid) bikes. These hybrid models have easy to use indexed gearing systems so even beginners can enjoy the ease and simplicity of a nice modern bike.
RULES OF THE ROAD
- Bicyclist Pocket Guide - Georgia Bikes’ pocket guide gives you the essential information you need to know riding a bike in GA needs to know!
- Georgia Bike Sense - Georgia Department of Transportation teaches people on bikes and motorists how to safely and legally share the road. (Click here for Spanish version.)
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
- Bike Alpharetta
- Bike Cobb
- Bike Roswell
- Dunwoody Cycling
- Metro Atlanta Cycling Club
- Southern Bicycle League
- Southern Crescent Cycling Club (Clayton/Fayette/Henry county area)