Explore the most popular birding trails in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hidden gem in a humdrum city life.

Even if the trail is easy to moderate and not much of a challenge, you get to stop and enjoy many wonderful views throughout the trail.

Easy trail. Great for a dog walk.

on East Palisades Trail

15 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail

Definitely worth the hike! The bamboo forest was the best reward at the end!

Super fun getaway from the city! We’re still searching for the bamboo forest.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

My favorite trail!!!

So many different trail options and you feel like you’re out of the city.

Ok this is my second review, because I have now ran this trail a few times.

1. Still need to pay attention to the trail forks or you will head in the wrong direction.
2. Watch out for the horse poo, shame those riding can’t show some respect for others.
3. Some sections are getting covered with tree leaves so watch out for rocks and roots.
4. Several people do this trail on weekend and most know and trail courtesy, seams common since but unfortunately it’s not..
5. One trail to run or hike, you will see lots of wildlife and the views are worth tackling this trailer.

Beautiful quiet trails! A bit busy near the start along the river, but we started to the right going up the mountain and saw a cool overlook over the river with kayakers. Our pup loved it!

My husband and I loved hiking this trail. In total we did 5.8 miles but took a couple extra routes. You can make it as long or short as you like! To start, it is incredibly beautiful. I mean you have views of the river, water features, a bamboo forest, and some elevation which we really liked. I would say this is a moderate trail and can be tough at times for kids, but nothing they can’t handle. There’s lots of dogs off leash so if your dog is aggressive this is not the trail for you. I would highly suggest this trail to anyone that wants to be in the city but feel completely immersed in nature! Ps. The bamboo forest is by Trail marker E26.

There are a few trails that are not mapped. My dog and I always go during a weekday and usually there are not a whole lot of people that we run into, especially on these secret hidden trails. There is one trail that is on the very north side almost to the final mapped point where I put a few sticks to make the trail apparent. This trail leads to an old overgrown well and rusted steel cord crank that looks like it was used at one point to haul timber. Another trail that is not marked splits off on the northern trail that runs next to the creek. This trail leads to a rusted wheel barrow looking piece and will lead up the hill to a deer trail where my dog and I saw a 2-point buck. You can really spend all day there with how many mapped and un-mapped trails there are.

Very easy and scenic! Almost no inclination unless you veer off into the woods by the creek instead of keeping alongside the river. (Even then it’s still pretty easy.) There’s a few great spots for setting up a hammock as well.

Also most people let their dogs off their leash but I’ve never had a problem aside from someone losing their dog in the woods.

Good trail to hike with lots of views and lots of trail maps. If running keep left at first two forks otherwise you will be running other side trails. If you want to step it up start at the top of the dam.

Great trail! So many options for walking, jogging, biking. Kid friendly & pet friendly!

We pretended we were in a jurassic wonderland during the last few half-miles of this trail. Downed trees and big leaves made this a harrowingly beautiful experience. The river was filled to the brim and flowed as a river should. Exactly as nature intended.

I did a slightly different loop, so it was 4 miles with the same path in and out along the river. Nice hike. No bamboo.

Too busy of a parking lot, the start of the trail is a huge gravel path full of runners. The hike crisscrosses a gas easement.

Low traffic trail with nice shade that goes along the river.

walking
2 months ago

Not a good experience, too much jungle.

Enjoyed trail.

Great trail with a wonderful view of the Chattahoochee River. The scenery of the whole trail is beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail within city, easy to get to.

3 months ago

Nice morning hike. Parking fills up quickly.

Here on business. Great trail for morning miles along the river. Nice rolling terrain.

This is a great walk. We did about 1.25 out and turned around. Beautiful views of the lake. It is posted No Dogs (seems to be part of the park across the road) but we saw no one other than a couple of fishermen thigh-deep in the water. So, whatever...

hiking
4 months ago

What a wonderful trail for a hike! This was my first time. Wonderful views and places to explore with water views, rocks to climb on, and bamboo area. Beautiful. It would have been tough to run if newer to trail running but great hike. Will definitely be back.

hiking
4 months ago

I absolutely love this trail. There are plenty of different routes you can take - for those who prefer an easier walk, or something more challenging. It’s very scenic so there’s always something to look at. There is also a dog beach off to the left which is a lot of fun! It’s perfect when the water is low, but after it’s been raining, it’s a little too full to walk out anywhere. Just beware of the parking situation, as there is limited spots and it gets VERY busy on a nice weekend. (Also parking is $5 - cash only).

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