Island Ford Trail

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Island Ford Trail is a 8.1 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.

8.1 miles
902 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


Parking available at 8801 Roberts Drive.

15 days ago

Good scenic trial, at the same time best at make you sweat.. we enjoyed this... map is must to keep u on track, else you might loop in same spot or reach ur car sooner

1 month ago

Not the most scenic hike, but a good one nonetheless. Well marked trail, lots of parking, and occasional views of the river. Hard to believe it is right next to 400 because there is very little traffic noise, even during rush hour.

2 months ago

Nice trail. More easy than moderate. Would bring the grandkids. Let them play in the water.

2 months ago

Walked with a 17 and 8 year old. All three of us loved every step. There are small waterfalls and the path is well maintained. In fact volunteers and rangers were out working on the trail. The museum is also a cannot miss.

2 months ago

Great moderate hike.

7 months ago

Calming, well marked, good sightseeing

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

Beautiful scenery and nice trail

10 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.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful views of the river.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scenic in-town trail around a beautiful lake. A great hike for a range of ages and of experience with hiking.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hiked on Saturday with some friends. When we started out there was mist on the river, and you could just make out the forms of fishermen on the water. On our return on the same trail, the mist had lifted and the view was sparkling. Not a strenuous hike, few dogs, quieter than most trails, well marked. The nice part is Island Ford is headquarters for park service and we were able to get maps for other trails.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Great trail for the family. My 3 year old loves this location! The big rock formations are caves for the young imagination.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Love this little trail! There is about maybe 5-6 miles total if you do all the loops, its very convienant to my home and the puppy and my fiance love it! Always nice folks there, though a lot lately we've run into snakes too, like 4-5 total in the last few months alone so keep your eyes open! Very clearly marked trails and nothing too strenuous at all, just a good, close few hours worth of trail hiking/walking. Cant go wrong! A $3 fee is charged for parking, I would suggest the yearlong pass for $25 good for all Chattahoocee parks, well worth it!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

What a gorgeous day in the ATL! My daughter and I had a nice morning hike on this trail. Easy access to the hooch. 3 stars for ease of access

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