East Palisades Trail

MODERATE 413 reviews

East Palisades Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

city walk

This hiking trail offers spectacular views of Georgia's Chattahoochee River and is just a short drive from the city of Atlanta. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) preserves a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River in North Georgia between Atlanta and Lake Lanier. Based within the Indian Trail District of the CRNRA the East Palisades Trail features a loop trail of high, rocky bluffs offering breathtaking views of the river. It's a popular place for trail running, hiking, fishing and walking dogs. There are two parking lots in East Palisades that you can start from to access the trailheads. Indian Trail Parking Lot (Closest street address is 1400 Indian Trail NW, Atlanta, GA 30339) and Whitewater Creek Parking Lot ( Closest street address is 4001 Whitewater Creek Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30327). This is a National Park Service Trail so there is a $3 Parking Fee. The park is patrolled by United States Park Rangers and its headquarters and visitor center are located at the Island Ford Unit of the park (1978 Island Ford Parkway in Sandy Springs, Georgia). Visitors interested in other great hikes in the area should check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell or the West Palisades Trail and historic Marietta Paper Mill across the river.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail in the city. Easy but with lots to see, especially the bamboo grove. Watch out for snakes.

19 days ago

the best in atlanta for keeping dogs and you cool due to the dog beach

hiking
19 days ago

Certain trails can be very hilly, so wear closed toed shoes. (A lot of people were wearing sandals as they walked towards the river, but not knowing they still have to use a trail.)

It’s pretty cool and the best part is getting to the trail that runs parallel to the river. However, be careful bc the park hasn’t really cleared the trails so you might have to hop over or under a few logs. But the views were worth it!

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice park with a great deal of foliage to protect from sun and rain. Having said that, I was a little disappointed because of a lack of signage and also because every "path" was muddy and flooded. This won't stop me from coming back but it made the trail quick slippery and might be an issue for older or less skilled hikers. Pretty views once you get to the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike, there are too many unleashed dogs there. I almost stepped on a 5' snake. I would have given it 5 stars but the unleashed dogs and lack of parking have it a four star rating.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice trail. I started at marker 13, got to the lookout tower and decided I wanted to go all the way to the river. If you hike the entire thing like I did-make sure you have plenty of water. Also, yellowjackets during spring are everywhere here and they kinda linger around the maps-so be careful!!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Pretty views in the beginning but not too much to see after that. Well marked. Keep an eye out for dog poop though.
Overall nice stroll!

1 month ago

A plethora of trails some that take you on the banks of the Chattahoochee.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice difficulty with several options to take. Tons of dogs and trail runners. Bamboo forest, great views of the river, and beautiful places to take in nature. My husband and I hiked over 5 miles today and had an incredible time.

hiking
2 months ago

saw a baby snapping turtle and enjoyed the trails but nothing over spectacular today. was looking for trails to ride mountain bike on but found nothing really.. but realized there's no MTB riding listed here..

hiking
3 months ago

Great trails on the east side of the Chattahoochee. Nice views of the river and the overlooks are spectacular. Well worth the $5 parking fee. Get there early on the weekend. It fills up fast.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it.

3 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
4 months ago

For being so close to the city, it still feels fairly remote. The view at Poppy’s point is great (plus a nice rest stop) on your way to the bamboo forest at the end/turnaround.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice views and Nice hikes. All the trails are easy. Some go in the woods some go by the river. Take my dog each time and she loves it.

Great trail but is tricky in some spots where the trail looks like it eroded away .

trail running
5 months ago

Really enjoyable trail. Great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Kids and dog enjoyed... a couple of small climbs... nice walks along the hooch... none of the hikes along the river are difficult, this one is a nice loop

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trails, I kept commenting on how pretty the view was every few feet! We were also able to let our dog go swimming after at the beach with a bunch of other dogs. We will definitely be going back to try the kayaking!

7 months ago

Beautiful in early November with brilliant tree color. I saw a deer family 15 feet off the trail. Well marked trails but have to pay attention in a few places with all the leaves covering path. Just a few uphills but worth it. Highly recommend.

7 months ago

Fave local trail!

hiking
8 months ago

Went this past weekend with family. Great hike! Loved being able to get down to the water and let the dogs play. Great overlook as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trails, great overlook and some side trails provide lots of opportunities to be alone in the middle of Atlanta.

8 months ago

Loved it! Definitely will be back with the family!! Absolutely will get rafts and float down the river next time!! Can’t wait will be back soon!

8 months ago

It was worth finding the bamboo forest. Everyone let their dogs off leash at the river but the ranger did come around and tell them to put them back on. Great place for dogs, though!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike and beautiful scenery.

9 months ago

well kept secret. beautiful bike inside perimeter

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike to an amazing overlook!

walking
10 months ago

Nice place to walk the dog. Insanely busy on summer holidays. Best to go during the week. Places to wade in the water - fun for cooling off and playing with the dog.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike close to the city

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