We hiked the trail for the first time this weekend and we were surprised by how few people we saw along the hike. Although the hike is not that difficult there was a good number of ups and downs.
During our hike we saw 3 White Tail Deer, a doe and a yearling, and a nice 8 point buck who was in velvet antlers and was probably 150#.
The trail for the most part is well maintained except for a few places where there needs to be new blazes painted.
I'll be back to hike it again, but there are so many more trails to hike in the state that it will have to wait for a while.
The loop is really enjoyable - if you wanted a secluded hike find another venue. If you live in Atlanta (as we do) and just want to get out of the city it's a nice place to bring your dog (or kids of you're into that sort of thing). The part of the loop that runs alongside the river is very busy with people enjoying the water. If you wanted a bit longer and more secluded hike I would recommend hiking the outer portion of the loop as an out and back. We took the dog and felt comfortable with her there. Overall very nice and from our home in Ansley Park took just over 20 minutes.
Island Ford Trail sits along the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The trail is a short two mile loop that features a scenic walk beside Atlanta's favorite river and is generally moderate with a few short inclines toward the top of the loop.
I hiked this trail on a Sunday, and there were plenty of people, kids and dogs enjoying the scenery, including some incredible rock outcrops just above the shoreline. One of the better aspects of the trail is its proximity to Atlanta, and the trail is heavily used because of this.
There was light trash on the trail, which is always one of my biggest pet peeves, but everything was otherwise well-maintained.
My only real complaint is that the trail was not longer. There seemed to be quite a bit of unused land in and around the recreation area.
Kelly M. on Island Ford Trail
We completed this trail today. If you combine the entire trail with the northern addition trail and loop, it equals almost 7.5 miles. We started from the visitor center, counterclockwise, and proceeded along the river. The caves are very interesting and make for some good photo ops. Beautiful day, but surprisingly not overly crowded. Very well maintained.
We went on a Saturday morning and we passed quite a few people along the way. So it was a little more bustling than I hoped for. The walk along the river was beautiful and there are a lot of benches, picnic tables, and places to sit along the trail. The trails broke off at a few points and though there were signs to help with direction, figuring out which direction to go in got a little confusing. Overall, it has a nice, easy, "walk-through-the-park" feel, not a "hiking" feel.
Hiked on Saturday with some friends. When we started out there was mist on the river, and you could just make out the forms of fishermen on the water. On our return on the same trail, the mist had lifted and the view was sparkling. Not a strenuous hike, few dogs, quieter than most trails, well marked. The nice part is Island Ford is headquarters for park service and we were able to get maps for other trails.
H M. on Island Ford Trail
Great trail for the family. My 3 year old loves this location! The big rock formations are caves for the young imagination.
Love this little trail! There is about maybe 5-6 miles total if you do all the loops, its very convienant to my home and the puppy and my fiance love it! Always nice folks there, though a lot lately we've run into snakes too, like 4-5 total in the last few months alone so keep your eyes open! Very clearly marked trails and nothing too strenuous at all, just a good, close few hours worth of trail hiking/walking. Cant go wrong! A $3 fee is charged for parking, I would suggest the yearlong pass for $25 good for all Chattahoocee parks, well worth it!