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Go: Arabia Mountain PATH Trail + 17 others!

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The Arabia Mountain PATH trail network meanders through 33 miles of rock outcroppings, wildflower fields, streams, and towering pines as it makes its way from the Mall at Stonecrest into Panola Mountain State Park and beyond.

PATH forms partnerships with local governments and has successfully help to build over 250 miles of greenway trails. PATH provides a knowledgeable staff to plan, design, build and maintain trail projects. In some cases, PATH provides matching funds to finance the development of trails. Local governments provide access to state and federal funding, rights-of-way for trails, and in-kind services during trail development. The PATH Foundation has been building a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters for over 25 years. This system of scenic greenways preserve our region’s forested character and provide areas for families to actively enjoy nature together.

PATH trails include:

Arabia Mountain PATH: The PATH Foundation, in partnership with DeKalb County, Rockdale County, and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance has developed an extraordinary trail system through 7000 acres of greenspace southeast of Atlanta. The Arabia Mountain PATH network meanders through incredible rock outcroppings, colorful wildflower fields, rushing streams, and towering pines as it makes its way from the Mall at Stonecrest into Panola Mountain State Park and beyond. The trail system is over 33 miles long with several additional segments planned for development.

Carrolton Greenbelt: The Carrollton Greenbelt is a 16 mile trail around the City of Carrollton. The trail traverses the University of West Georgia campus, skirts the Sunset Hills Golf Course, visits marshes and parks and scores of neighborhoods.

Chastain Park Trail: One of PATH’s more social trails, the double-loop trail around North Fulton Golf Course and Chastain Park, is frequented by groups walking dogs, running laps, and pushing baby strollers.

Eastside Beltline Trail: PATH had the privilege of building the first segment of the BeltLine Trail on an abandoned rail bed between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street in east Atlanta. This trail has its own lifestyle where adjacent neighbors meet to exercise and socialize. The 2.2 mile trail offers ready access to eateries, bars, parks, and shopping.

Island-Wide Trail System, St. Simons: PATH has partnered with the St. Simons Land Trust to build almost seven miles of trails on St. Simons Island. The Island Trail System connects East Beach to the village and Sea Island to Hampton Point and all the restaurants and lodges along the way.

Nancy Creek Trail: The Nancy Creek Trail connects Murphy-Candler Park to Blackburn Park and Johnson Ferry Estates in north-central DeKalb County.

Northwest Atlanta Trails: This segment of the Atlanta Beltline Trail traverses Tanyard Creek Park to Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Future segments will encircle the golf course and join the Atlanta BeltLine crossing Peachtree near the Shepherd Center.

Olde Town Conyers Trail: PATH has partnered with the City of Conyers and the Rockdale Board of education to build a trail from downtown Conyers through Wheeler Park and the Rockdale Career Academy to Johnson Park. Future segments will go north and east to Pine Log Park.

PATH 400: PATH is partnering with Livable Buckhead and the Buckhead CID and GDOT to build a trail from the Atlanta BeltLine to I-285 and beyond. The first two segments are open between Lenox Road near Piedmont Road to Wieuca Road. Two additional segments are under construction.

Silver Comet Trail: The trail begins at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East-West Connector in Smyrna, Georgia and runs all the way to the Alabama border. There it meets the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama. Soon after it was abandoned in 1989, various advocacy groups, elected officials, and individuals developed the concept of converting the railroad through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk Counties into a biking and jogging trail. The Silver Comet is now complete to the Georgia/Alabama state line, and the Chief Ladiga Trail runs from the state line to Anniston, Alabama, providing a 95.5-mile-long continuous trail from Atlanta to Anniston.

South Peachtree Creek Trail: The South Peachtree Creek Trail meanders through Mason Mill Park as a boardwalk along the banks of the creek. It connects the ball fields and parking area at Medlock Park to the historic Decatur Waterworks and the Tennis Center at Mason Mill Park.

DeKalb County and PATH have developed two phases of the South Peachtree Creek Trail which connects Medlock Park to Mason Mill Park and the Emory Parc neighborhood. Future phases of this trail will continue to Emory University and north to North Druid Hills Rd. When completed the trail will allow bike/ped access from scores of neighborhoods directly to the Emory campus.

South River Trail: The South River Trail connects the radio controlled air field on Constitution Road to Gresham Park, Sugar Creek Golf Course and the Decatur campus of the Georgia Perimeter College. It features a trail head near Bouldercrest Road and Constitution, a tunnel under Bouldercrest Road, scenic overlooks of the South River, a bridge over Sugar Creek, and spur trails to surrounding neighborhoods. PATH recently completed the 3.4 mile extension of the trail along the periphery of the golf course, under I-285, and onto the campus of Georgia Perimeter College on Panthersville Road. The trail is now seven miles long with extensions planned. The South River Trail will eventually link to the Atlanta Beltline and Arabia Mountain PATH.

Southtowne Trail: The Southtowne Trail connects the Brown’s Mill Recreation Center on Cleveland Ave to Southbend Park on Lakewood Ave. It traverses the Swan Nature Preserve with a spectacular bridge over a tributary to the South River. A trailhead with parking is located on McWilliams Road near the intersection with Browns Mill Road.

Southwest Beltline Connector – Lionel Hampton Trail: The Southwest Beltline Connector Trail system links Benjamin Mays Road and Willis Mill Road to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail (under construction) through the Utoy Creek Natural Conservation area. A spur trail connects Beecher Elementary School to the Atlanta Beltline along Westview Drive.

Spanish Moss Trail, Beaufort, SC: PATH is converting an abandoned rail line between the Town of Port Royal and Yemassee South Carolina into a beautiful greenway trail with help from local governments and the James M. Cox Foundation. This trail crosses refurbished trestles, and smaller bridges over swirling tidal creeks. Frequent views of the coastal marsh make for an incredible trail experience. The trail passes through the historic freight depot about one mile from downtown Beaufort.

Stone Mountain Trail: The Stone Mountain Trail begins with the John Portman Cycle Track at Centennial Olympic Park, then continues across Piedmont Ave in downtown Atlanta, along the Freedom Parkway trail and ends at the loop around Stone Mountain. The nineteen mile-long trail does require on-street travel for almost four miles, in Candler Park and through Clarkston. The trail connects downtown Atlanta to the ML King Historic site, the Carter Center, Fernbank History Center, downtown Decatur, Stone Mountain Village, and Stone Mountain Memorial Park. The trail ends at the loop road around Stone Mountain affording travelers access to all Stone Mountain Park venues.

Trolley Trail: The Atlanta-Decatur trolley line used to wind its way through Cabbagetown and Kirkwood to Agnes Scott university in Decatur. PATH constructed a trail on portions of the right-of-way before the Olympics. It paralells Woodbine Avenue and Oakview Road past Coan Middle School into Kirkwood. Future extensions will connect this trail to the Atlanta BeltLine near Kirkwood and Flat Shoals Avenues.

Westside Beltline Trail: This segment of the Atlanta BeltLine Trail connects Rose Circle Park to Westview Ave along White Street where the BeltLine corridor is too narrow to accept the trail and transit tracks. The trail features a connection to Brown Middle School and Lawton St.

Get trail maps, directions and more information about PATH at www.pathfoundation.org.