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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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Parking available at 8801 Roberts Drive.

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sabin shakya
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Michael Beaton
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John Bordonali
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Stephen Foster
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Susan Terhune
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Great trail along the water. not too busy on the holiday weekend. However when you travel away from the river the path gets a bit rocky and steep but still manageable for me a novice hiker. Paths here are marked much better than at other parks.

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Deb Johnson
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What a great trail, it is heavily populated but the trails are nicely marked and wide. Beautiful hike in the woods and by the river.

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Ayesha Nesbeth
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Busy

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Michael Beaton
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Karan Virk
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Ok trail. Up and down but not very challenging. Did with kids. Pet friendly

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David Morgan
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Hilary Morgan
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Melissa Pierce
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Easy paths to navigate, beautiful views of a less crowded part of the river

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Lexi Stout
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Considering this is part of the really popular Chattahoochee NRA trail systems in Atlanta, I was surprised that it wasn’t jam packed with people on the weekend! A great moderate hike so close to the city. My pup was happy with all the water splashin’ opps.

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John Bordonali
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Scott Emerson
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Great hike!

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Joe Weiler
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Great trail. Nice walk along the Hooch. Less crowded than the palisades trails and the Vickery creek trails.

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

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MamaKat Brigid Bell
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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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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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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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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.

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Jay Nix
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Scott Trump
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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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Really fun trail! One of my favorites!

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Julie Guthrie
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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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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.

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