On any warm, sunny day in Atlanta, this rail corridor-turned-public trail is packed with families pushing strollers and walking dogs, runners getting in a quick workout, and cyclists testing out the city’s Relay bikeshare program. On the Eastside Trail, the crowds can get hairy—especially if there’s a festival in nearby Historic Fourth Ward Park—but there’s plenty to see along the flat stroll that starts at Piedmont Park and ends past Krog Street Market. Take a pitstop to browse the shops at Ponce City Market or peruse quirky antiques at Paris on Ponce. Grab a chocolate sea salt pop from King of Pops’s flagship window just off the trail, or sip a beer on the patio at the trendy, campfire-chic Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall. Not to mention, the trail is dotted with murals and sculptures, thanks to the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine project, which adds new installations each year.
Just opened this fall, the 3 mile Westside Trail begins near the Ashby MARTA station and ends in Adair Park. Like the Eastside trail, this segment will also feature public art along the way. Lean Draft House opened in October for those looking for mid-walk libations, and Monday Night Brewing’s new Westside facility isn’t far. beltline.org
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