Island Ford Trail

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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 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.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 629 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Parking available at 8801 Roberts Drive.

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blowdown
muddy
11 days ago

Great trail and nice easy walk in the woods and by the river. Lots of Canada Geese and Double Crested Cormorants.

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muddy
11 days ago

Good trail close to town. You can actually make it as long or as short as you want as there are many offshoots from main trail. Trail is not marked with blazes but there are good maps along the way. Muddy the day we went post rain 2 days prior.

hiking
16 days ago

Seems pretty popular but when you go further out you see less people. Little muddy but it’d been raining.

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fee
muddy
23 days ago

recorded Island Ford Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail run. I did alittle under 7 miles. Fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Well marked and beautiful views of the river. Can’t wait to do it again when the trees have their leaves

hiking
1 month ago

Clocked in at 6 miles, the map shows you doing the north part twice. The trail around the pond is closed off - looks like they’re building a little overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little trail by the river. Easy walk and would be nice and shady in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail for in-town hiking especially! It has the river, a pond, and a little elevation. I was able to get 7.2 miles. I saw lots of geese, a Great Blue Heron and turtles today!

2 months ago

I run these rails every day. definitely closer to 6 miles and not 8. great trails next to the river if you are out hiking it should only take about three hours. if you are running them about an hour or more.

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

It’s beautiful trail, would classify as easy, very scenic and enjoyable...

hiking
3 months ago

It was okay. It was cool, the trails were marked. There was a good bit of people in the late afternoon. It was a decent hike, nothing exciting or extravagant.

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over grown
4 months ago

running
blowdown
4 months ago

Awesome day in my park.. your park! Come on now. #getoutsideatlanta

hiking
5 months ago

nice easy hike.

hiking
5 months ago

This isn’t my favorite trail at all. It’s REALLY easy to get off the trail because it can lead to a bunch of different trails (including a 40 mile trail). We found a guy, sitting by the river, on patio furniture he said was his. I have no idea how he got there. Trail seems a lot shorter than 8 miles and is really close to the highway. At some points we couldn’t hear each other speak because of the roar. The only waterfall is a little water trickle that wasn’t pleasing. Some sort of large sinkhole under the highway bridge was kinda fun to go look at, but all in all there are yellowjackets, mud, dog poop, trash and no views other than the highway there. I wouldn’t recommend it unless it’s the only thing close enough to hike.

hiking
5 months ago

The park maps divide this trail into a north and south section, And the South section is far more scenic. The north portion isn't as well traveled, and has quite a bit of road noise. The southern trails offer many places for you to stop along the river. I was stung by a couple of flying, buzzing things, and so was another guy out there on the same trail before us. He said they were yellow jackets, but I can't confirm that. Regardless, a nice, easy shaded stroll. One pretty creek crossing. Restrooms, a water bottle filling station, and plenty of parking at the lodge/visitor center.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Very nice trails, well maintained, beautiful creek and springs. Nice riverside view.

hiking
6 months ago

great, easy hike along the river with plenty of rocks to sit on to cool off. trails well marked.

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muddy
6 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

This was a great trail- one side is “on the water” and one overlooks the water & is in the woods. We saw turtles, deer, snakes (so be careful!) and only a few other walkers on the trail - it was peaceful, prwtty well marked, serene and the views on the water were beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views along the Hooch. Great spots high up just slightly off trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Great, well marked trail in the middle of Roswell. Variety of vegetation and wildlife. Total trail is 6 miles by my count.

hiking
7 months ago

I only hiked about 2 miles of the trail, from the ranger station and north. it's a beautiful, shaded hike along the river. I was completely unprepared, just wore a pair of Chucks and carried a water bottle. very easy hike, despite the heat.

hiking
7 months ago

Great moderate trail.

hiking
7 months ago

My first time on this trail. I was in the area for work and saw this on the app. I was impressed. The trail is wide in most areas. It is not overgrown, and is well maintained. The ups are not steep, very manageable. There are some beautiful areas down by the river. Several nice springs flowing through the woods. There are multiple areas to park and access this trail. I would definitely hike this trail again.

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