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East Palisades Trail is a 2.6 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, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 305 ft 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). DO NOT park along the road that leads to the parking lot—even if you see other cars doing it! Those "no parking" signs ARE enforced, and the fine is a steep $130. 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.

There are two parking lots for the trails; one near the top of the trails and another near the bottom. Indian Trail parking lot Closest street address is 1400 Indian Trail NW, Atlanta, GA 30339 Whitewater Creek parking lot Closest street address is 4001 Whitewater Creek Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30327

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yao xie
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Good! A bit challenging

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hena hdkdg
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Julian User
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Mary Luna
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Tim OBrien
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Nick Bradley
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Joshua Elkin
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Went day after it rained heavily. One bridge is out but you can get around it going into a small stream. It’s very muddy and slippery at the end by the river. Finally, the path is blocked at the end by downed trees so you have to go off trail a little to get around it. I’d only do it in boots right now.

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Lori Williams
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The trail is good for hiking! There were A LOT of dogs that weren’t on leashes. That’s something that needs to be regulated better!

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Kathleen Cooley
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Loved it. Rocky. Challenging . Beautiful. Love the river.

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Todd Rome
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The trail is well established and well traveled. It was the first time I used the All Trails App and it was spot on. I went in early September so a majority of the people were going to the river and the crowd thinned out when we broke Eastward to the forest interior. I suspect that would change with the fall and winter months coming.

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Randall Wunder-Smith
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A great cardio workout for fatasses. Take it from one. Some invigorating climbs, and a few roots to negotiate, but you're rewarded with more than one scenic view of the river. Plenty of places to stop and think. The bamboo forest feels mystical, though it smells all too earthly. As must be the case with all ATL trails right now, on the busier side. Get there by 8:30 if you hope to park.

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Dave Giarracco
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Very pretty and nice trail! Humid and lots of dogs!!

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Ericka Moye
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I would write this a little bit above moderate. It was nice and it does have a park area where the dogs are running off leash into the water.

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Michael Adams
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Krys Porter
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Paige Maso
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Jason Larm
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Access to the Chattahoochee at the trailhead that is great for dogs. Easy and relaxing hike.

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Nalini Yadav
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Aaron Daines
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Ken Powers
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Douglas Johnson
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Awesome!

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Melanie Adams
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Nice and cool in the morning. Trail is pretty clear.

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Ben Juster
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Great trail for the whole fam. Dogs paradise! Sometimes crowded and very muddy if it rains, but overall it’s a wonderful spot. Secret trail beyond EP 30 for some great 360 views of the Hooch and a cool spot to jump into the river

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Melissa Hunter
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it was so peaceful and beautiful

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