Island Ford Trail

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Island Ford Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a waterfall 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.

4.5 miles
488 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


2 months ago

Calming, well marked, good sightseeing

3 months ago

nice hike by river, but a little noisy with GA 400 nearby

5 months ago

Beautiful scenery and nice trail

5 months ago

My coworker and I went on a hike here late Sunday afternoon. The trail was fairly easy to find, and parking was not an issue. I can always appreciate that!

Once we got out, we began walking the loop. There were sign markers every so often to help guide as well as blue markers. The blue markers were not as frequent/visible as I would have liked, but they were still helpful. The trail was pretty easy, and there was nothing very exciting about it. We caught a glimpse of the river in the middle of the hike. Then it was back to the woods for the rest.

Generally speaking, this was a quick and easy trail. There was not anything wrong with it, but it certainly was not anything to write home about.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Beautiful views of the river.

9 months ago

Awesome trails. good for hiking and trail running. River access. There is some hilly trails. I did this 4 times. I will recommend this trail.

9 months ago

Great for families with small children, multiple options within a short loop.

10 months ago

11 months ago

A beautiful relatively flat walk along the river. Lots of nice vistas. If you want something short and easy follow the river until the trail turns inland. It is about two miles round trip. If you take the hike through the woods it is hillier but but still pretty.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Excellent trail with mix of course river views and hill climbs. A bit crowded around visitor center but less crowded the further away you go.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great trail. My fiancé, myself, & dog walked this trail we all enjoyed it.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Nice trail with beautiful views. Enjoyed hiking with my husband and dog. Will return.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Very pretty little day hike. It's not very long so I'd bring a hammock to set up and chill for an hour or so. I'd also recommend going in the morning when the fog is coming off the river.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

We hiked the trail for the first time this weekend and we were surprised by how few people we saw along the hike. Although the hike is not that difficult there was a good number of ups and downs.

During our hike we saw 3 White Tail Deer, a doe and a yearling, and a nice 8 point buck who was in velvet antlers and was probably 150#.

The trail for the most part is well maintained except for a few places where there needs to be new blazes painted.

I'll be back to hike it again, but there are so many more trails to hike in the state that it will have to wait for a while.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The loop is really enjoyable - if you wanted a secluded hike find another venue. If you live in Atlanta (as we do) and just want to get out of the city it's a nice place to bring your dog (or kids of you're into that sort of thing). The part of the loop that runs alongside the river is very busy with people enjoying the water. If you wanted a bit longer and more secluded hike I would recommend hiking the outer portion of the loop as an out and back. We took the dog and felt comfortable with her there. Overall very nice and from our home in Ansley Park took just over 20 minutes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Island Ford Trail sits along the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The trail is a short two mile loop that features a scenic walk beside Atlanta's favorite river and is generally moderate with a few short inclines toward the top of the loop.

I hiked this trail on a Sunday, and there were plenty of people, kids and dogs enjoying the scenery, including some incredible rock outcrops just above the shoreline. One of the better aspects of the trail is its proximity to Atlanta, and the trail is heavily used because of this.

There was light trash on the trail, which is always one of my biggest pet peeves, but everything was otherwise well-maintained.

My only real complaint is that the trail was not longer. There seemed to be quite a bit of unused land in and around the recreation area.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Beautiful trail! Very well maintained. Will definitely be walking here often.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

We completed this trail today. If you combine the entire trail with the northern addition trail and loop, it equals almost 7.5 miles. We started from the visitor center, counterclockwise, and proceeded along the river. The caves are very interesting and make for some good photo ops. Beautiful day, but surprisingly not overly crowded. Very well maintained.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

We went on a Saturday morning and we passed quite a few people along the way. So it was a little more bustling than I hoped for. The walk along the river was beautiful and there are a lot of benches, picnic tables, and places to sit along the trail. The trails broke off at a few points and though there were signs to help with direction, figuring out which direction to go in got a little confusing. Overall, it has a nice, easy, "walk-through-the-park" feel, not a "hiking" feel.

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