West Palisades Trail

MODERATE 109 reviews

West Palisades Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a river 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.

6.5 miles
866 feet

dogs on leash




mountain biking

trail running





wild flowers


19 days ago

No one else on trail when I went in late fall. Looked like it was a summer destination with all the swimming holes. Nice hike a little bit of grade change.

1 month ago

This park is close to my office. I was able to go on a quick 2 mile hike in just under an hour. Most of the trail that I followed was pretty easy except between WP4 & WP5. That’s a killer hill!

5 months ago

Great for trail running. Or hiking

6 months ago

We where testing out some new gear so we had full packs even though we were not camping. We found the trail to be very easy with the exception of a small portion that we hiked that was not or atleast appeared to not be part of the main trail. Compared to other trails in the area it was nice but compared to other trails elsewhere it was a little lackluster. We went early on a Saturday and there was little to no people on the trail but by noon it started to become somewhat crowded in the small parking lot.

11 months ago

Really nice trail, I bet it's beautiful in the spring. Loved being able to sit at the end and just watch the birds in the river. Really peaceful.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Well maintained and marked; not too technical; always heard traffic; overall good experience

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great park except for some pit bulls off leash with kids and small dogs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The West Palisades trail is a good hike to do if you are looking for something centrally located and that won't take too long. I enjoyed that there were many different terrains and that there was a good bit of variety. There were elevation changes, rock paths, concrete, views of the river, etc. The trail was also fairly bustling with many people and pets (this is not the trail for you if you are not a dog lover!).

Overall, I give it four stars because it was a good work out with nice views. I also appreciated the fact that it was marked well with blue markers throughout. The only aspect left to be desired was the fact that the river was only visible during a brief time and virtually no where to be found for the majority of the hike.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pretty Eeasy, a few decent views if you know where to look. Many variations possible, not very flat. Much Shade

Monday, September 05, 2016

We hiked both the East and West Palisades' trails this weekend. We found this one to be the more challenging of the two. The bottom half of the hike has a lot if loose rock in it and is fairly steep.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Good trail that can have challenging sections. Scenic parts overlook the Chattahoochee river and go down to the bank.

Friday, June 24, 2016

I frequently walk this trail and hang out down by the beach when it's nice out. Not a busy trail because it is a little bit hidden but it's a prime spot for any outdoor enthusiast.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Nice trail along the river; very scenic.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Enjoyed this trail today and it is a nice getaway very close to Vinings & Cumberland Mall area. The entrance to the parking is just south of where Paces Mill intersects Cobb Parkway. Plenty of parking and restrooms. There is a boat ramp here too. We saw a few kayaks and paddle boards using it. There also is designated areas for a shuttle to drop of people. The State Park Dept has two places to make a $3 donation via cash in an envelope or by credit card. Once you start walking, you will be on a paved trail much like the Silver Comet Trail. This is called the Bob Callan trail. Very quickly, you will walk under I-75 and cross a small bridge at the river. If you stay on the paved path, the Bob Callan trail will go a couple miles north following Cumberland Blvd to another small parking lot near Akers Mill. If you go right on West Palisades trail, you will follow a dirt trail along the river that loops into the woods and uphill. This can be a bit strenuous. We saw a lot of dog walkers and families but no bikes.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Steep but short decent from the northern parking lot to the river. Beautiful views of the river and rocks on the north end. Restrooms located by the river on the north end. No trail connection between north and south ends along river, you must follow the trail up to the ridge and traverse there.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Most of the trails along the Chattahoochee River have maps at each split in the trail; this one does not seem to follow that trend. I ended up going in circles & it was a little frustrating. Nevertheless some part of the trail goes alongside the river & when I was there the other day the water level was high & had a relaxing sound. There were some guys on the river in kayaks, which I'm assuming belonged to them, but it definitely looked like a fun place to canoe/ kayak if you do have your own equipment.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Steep at spots and could use better markings. Still a nice hike without leaving the city limits. Despite the urban surroundings, you hear very little traffic and only see a few buildings here and there.

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