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Island Ford Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 629 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Parking available at 8801 Roberts Drive.

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Reviews (640)
Photos (389)
Recordings (606)
Completed (796)
Nitish Rangarajan
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Hiking

Did the smaller loop along the river. The better views are far ahead.

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sneha s.
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Hiking
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MamaKat Brigid Bell
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Hiking

Love this trail! Heavily shaded; beautiful views of the river, and some really awesome rock formations!

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Jamie Davis
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Hiking

Fantastic trail up and down and all around by the river great river views wildlife had a great time

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Samirah Raheem
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HikingMuddyRocky

I really enjoyed this hike, and the forest side of the loop is even more beautiful than the river side. My 4 year old also enjoyed it.

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Jody Boddy
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Arely Trejo
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Hiking

Great trail to take the family. Great views of the river, a lot of people like it so if your looking for some where to go with not many people it may not be the place or you can either go pretty early or not on the weekend. It’s a doable social distancing place though . It’s also has some good fishing spots.

Jay Nix
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Scott Trump
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Hiking

Tale of two trails.... and honestly, we did them on two different days. The first half is a bit of a snooze. Nothing really notable and you do spend some time close to roads and get a lot of traffic noise. The second half was a lot more interesting.... better elevations, better river views, cooler rock formations. Nicely maintained but it could use a little better markings.

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Erin Lanier
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HikingRocky

Really fun trail! One of my favorites!

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Julie Guthrie
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Hiking

I would highly recommend this trail if you’re looking for mostly a canopy of trees offering lovely shade from the sun, nice small elevation changes, quiet hiking (there were less than a handful of people), lovely streams, and if you choose to go by the river, there are several small trails down to the river, which offer lovely places to sit by the river.

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Jessica Strack
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Hiking

This trail is reopened, but the visitor center is still closed. The 8801 Roberts Dr. was night the right spot for parking. Continue another 1/4 mile down Roberts Dr. and turn left into the park. There are several parking lots, but if you drive in about 2 miles to the park HQ, you will reach the visitor center that is the former Hewitt’s Lodge. The trail starts behind the house. You can follow the river, where there are several small places for beach access. It is beautiful. When the river trail ends, you can continue into the National forest and along to the local Sandy Springs trail. My 7-year old and dog did well on this trail. The roots and rocks are not too bad. This trail is beautiful, offers the river views and a bit of variety in the terrain. I live close by in Roswell, but believe it is worth a ride to get there.

Stephanie Ung
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HikingMuddy
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Jessica Hudes
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Hiking

Great trail close to the city. Recommend an early start to avoid crowds. Some parts are very narrow so makes it tricky to keep distance from other groups.

John Hindley
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Hiking

Open again and crowded on the weekend!

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Mandi Mitchell
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Hiking

One of our favorite local places! A big portion is flat by the river with another section hilly and in the woods. My son loves the rocks to climb on by the river. Downside is a lot of teens come and party on the water.

Shannon Cox
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Hiking

Island Ford is open :)

Stacey Cook
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Hiking

I'm a big fan of Ford Island. It's close and beautiful, with good tree cover. Just long and moderate enough that you are getting in some good exercise in nature without overextending yourself. The trail hugs the river with several spots to stop and enjoy the views or dip your feet in. I've never encountered very many people so it's a peaceful place to visit

Mike Rhodes
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HikingClosed

Loved this trail. Currently closed because of Covid19

Fenna Henderson
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Linda Dunlavy
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Although a bit wet after the rains and flooded in parts on the southwestern side of the lower loops it was still a great hike with views of the hooch; little rock out cropping and caves; wildflowers in blooms, the fast flowing rivers and little forks of streams. A nice 5 hour ramble yo escape the stress of the City

Michelle Carter
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Lynn Carden Stotz
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Hiking

Good trail with or without dogs. Can be muddy after lots of rain. Would be great in the heat of summer bc it’s so wooded. Convenient to Exit 6 off 400 so works for intown people as well as Alpharetta.

Sarah Bluma
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Took my dog in early March. Decent hike. Trail was flooded in parts and shorter than I was expecting.

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