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East Palisades Trail

MODERATE 781 reviews

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 and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 305 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.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Steep trail at times but makes it interesting. Great views of the river. If you drive in from the North, note that it's 2 way traffic on a 1 lane road. Dont feel like you have to park on the shoulders, there's a parking lot at the end of the road, but it is small. Went when it was cool, saw 2 deer, 1 was a buck!

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful views of the river, streams, bamboo forest and fall foliage. Nice walk with a few rocky or hilly parts.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is nice enough. But even though dogs are required to be on leash there were dogs running loose everywhere. So if your dog is reactive at all don’t even bother, it’s not worth the hassle of having to take care of everyone else’s dog when they come running up to you and your dog with no owner in sight.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Just so everyone knows, the bamboo forest is at EP26.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail and easy hike

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and 12k steps out and back on my Fitbit from whitewater parking lot to the bamboo forest. Nice inclines and descents give a great workout.

running
2 months ago

nothing like getting back to the car and realizing that you stepped in some wonderful dog-owners big pile of poo while you were out on the trail

hiking
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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

If you are headed to the bamboo forest be prepared for a completely steep way down and steep trek back up.

hiking
2 months ago

bamboo forest is super steep coming from the white water parking lot.... don't know if there is a better way or not.

running
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
muddy
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 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.

4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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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