East Palisades Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking 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

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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 $5 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.

running
9 days ago

Great trail for running and hiking and cooling off in the river at the whitewater entrance. Weekdays are less crowed than weekends. Lots of vert for this area.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail running. A few good scrambles. Long gravel straightaways are a nice rest. Relied on AllTrails highlighted map, as trail trees are not marked, which does make it challenging to get totally in the zone for a run or a hike with so many trail alternatives and forks.

hiking
16 days ago

Trail marker E26 is the bamboo forest

The driving directions take you to the culdesac, it’s the park on the right before that.

hiking
26 days ago

Recommend starting at 4432 Whitewater Creek Rd NW parking area and then hike all the way to last marker at the end of trail along the river. You will follow the river and get a great elevation change up to an observation deck between markers EP-10 and EP-14. If you continue on to last marker EP-26 you will reach the bamboo forest which is super cool. You don’t need any tips on how to know when you will reach the bamboo- it will jump out at you ! If you are looking to make a big loop back to where you started - remember the road to Indian Trail parking area is not marked as a trail. The trail looks like it just stops but you can make a nice loop following a wide trail back to Whitewater creek parking lot if walk on the dirt road for a short time.

hiking
1 month ago

I actually run this trail, which is to say at my level of conditioning at this point, I run and walk it. Our dog Ridley who is still a puppy at 10 months comes with us and does really well with both the terrain and the other people and dogs on the trail. The trail is not at all like running roads which is precisely why I prefer it. The entire area is well visited but you wouldn't know it because it's so spread out. The elevation changes are perfect for training when you live an hour or so south of the mountains. Running/hiking through this hardwood forest over hill and dale causes your mind to forget you live in a metro area of 5+ million people. Treadmills do not duplicate what this trail does for me physically and spiritually. Plus, it's close to home. We'll be signing up for a trail conservation day sometime soon for sure.

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muddy
1 month ago

Took my sons (ages 4&7) the day after a heavy rain. Trail was just muddy enough to be fun. We found a nice place to play in the water. Other hikers were friendly. I only wish people would remember to keep their dogs on a leash and pick up their dog poop!

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rocky
1 month ago

If you try to GPS this address, the address that is in this app is incorrect. The correct address is: 4058 Whitewater Creek Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. Also if you're wanting to go to the Bamboo Forest you're going to want to go to the North entrance off of Riverview Road NW. I've been on this trail many times and depending on where you go and how much of a challenge you're able to take on, this trail has places where it's more than Moderate. If you come in from the South entrance and wanting to get to the Bamboo Forest, there are areas where you'll have to climb massive boulders in order to get to the other side where the trail continues. All in all, great trail. Also, $5 daily parking fee.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! I definitely recommend it. I’m a beginner and I went with an advanced hiker. It wasn't bad at all!

hiking
2 months ago

Hidden gem of a trail. There’s no sidewalks up the hill from the hotels in lower Sandy Hill, so I recommend biking or driving. I could stay here all day- its super safe, quiet, and if you come in later afternoon during the summer, the chorus of cicadas is nearly deafening. Such a cool place.

2 months ago

really nice trail and so close to the city. river views, cool rocks, overlooks, and a bamboo forest make this a neat hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Shady trail but still humid Well marked We went up and then did the loop Not crowded

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail !! Finished the 4 miles loop on Tuesday 1pm, lots of shade that there was no need for hat or sun block or bug spray. River views were awesome ! Trails are very clearly mark, signboard everywhere, crosses few very small streams with plenty of rocks on it and no wet shoes. Took the longer loop each time to make it 4 miles, it took me 1 hr 40 mins and at one point it was climbing a steep hill of 300 feet high, good workout overall even on mid afternoon. Definitely will come again !

hiking
2 months ago

We went on a Monday around 10:00 a.m., and we hiked 4.5 miles through the East Palisades trails. Plenty of shade, some mud. Enough ups and downs to be interesting, but not strenuous. On the trail to the lookout, there was a big, black snake, but I think those are good, right? Over the course of a couple of hours, we saw maybe 20 people and 7 dogs. Parking and navigating were easy--trail is well-marked. Highly recommend, and will likely return again.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Bit muddy after last night rain. Good workout. Heavy traffic started after 9. We did earlier hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Watch out- found a copperhead on the trail

hiking
2 months ago

The river is beautiful. The hike isn't too strenuous but it does provide a bit of a workout.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail has the perfect balance of river walking and vertical gain. The trail(s) were in fantastic shape with canopy 90% of the hike. Highly recommend to out of towners.

hiking
3 months ago

crossed the river with our puppy to a little island & played in the hooch!! so much fun!

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve been hiking on these trails for years and it truly is an Oasis inside the concrete jungle of the City. My dog and I usually do two loops or 5.5 miles but you can take many different paths that are very clearly marked with trail maps throughout. didn’t start recording our hike until later in the hike but we make start and stop at same place after making two loops. Lots of creeks and the Chattahoochee River for watering and cooling off your dogs. The weekends tend to be a madhouse with visitors but must time on the weekdays you can have these great trails all to yourself. These trails offer light elevation gain for those wanting it but for those that prefer no topo you can find that as well.

running
3 months ago

dog owners still not picking up after their pets guess all the little baggies and stuff and poop stations aren't clue enough

hiking
3 months ago

A wonderful trail with plenty of canopy. I would describe as it started as a walk in the woods, became a walk by the river and end up on a bamboo forest. Truly enjoyable! Only one questionable area of traveling believe it was between markers 23&24...but overall great. As for parking, just know that the entrance we took is a one lane road that cars have to travel both ways on. Don’t park in the curve areas where cats need to be able to pull over.

3 months ago

Great trail, lots of options. Bamboo forest was a treat too. Tons of shade on a hot day, but the inclines still make you sweat.

hiking
3 months ago

trails were is decent shape only a few sinkholes but small ones be careful where you step. Hike is very relaxed and if the heat gets really bad just take a quick dip in the river. Lots to see ad many photo opportunities.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike along the Chattahoochee River. The trail is nearly completely shaded by gorgeous Georgia pines, and other large trees and bushes. There are a lot of roots that cover the trail like webbing in some areas, as well as numerous spots to view the River from beaches that line parts of the trail. There are many offshoots from the main trail, and there is a great spot with a well constructed lumber overlook spot, above the River with high rises in the distance. The trail is fairly lightly traveled, yet the small parking area was full, and a few passes waiting for someone to leave might be necessary ( I hiked on a Saturday afternoon). Overall, a great hike with varied terrain, perfect for a weekend hike.

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rocky
4 months ago

Best Trail in Greater Atlanta. There are many different trails/routes to take in this park, making it as easy or strenuous as you want. I can do a 2 mile level hike or 6 mile moderate+. There are a few unmarked trails that add a difficult component. By staying on the trails away from the river, there is not much traffic.

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