Murphey Candler Park - Hiking

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Murphey Candler Park provides a great hike ITP while you still feel like you've escaped from the city!

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Emily Vogelgesang


2.0 miles

The entire loop is about 2 miles. You can shorten the trip to about 1.75 miles by not going behind the baseball fields. You can also make it longer by taking some of the off shoots on the trail but they all loop back around.

Destination Distance From Downtown

11.5 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

There is some elevation change but very moderate. The trail gets narrow and has roots at some points to watch out for!

Time To Complete

1 hours


All Seasons

Beautiful any time of the year! In the warmer and wetter times, the bugs may get bad so be sure to have some protection. The lake provide a nice cooling effect; during the cooler months, the wind may be brisk and cold.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

There is a leash law in the city limits of Brookhaven, so be sure to keep the pups leashed. The park provides plenty of trash cans and doggy bag stations along the way so you won't have to carry smelly bags the entire time.

Fees Permits


No permits, as it is a city park! However, if you would like to reserve the picnic shelters, the city may attach a fee.



Murphey Candler offers a wonderful escape within the city. The park is easily accessible from anywhere on the northeast side of town and has plenty of parking. The beautiful trees block enough sound that you forget you’re in a sprawling metropolis. The trail is well maintained and rarely crowded. The lake keeps the area cool enough during the spring and fall, offers a reprieve from the heat in the summer, and doesn’t get too cold during the winter. The picnic shelters are great for a rest along the way.

What Makes It Great

From the parking lot, you can go left or right; this is about a 2-mile loop trail. Most of the trail is well-shaded by trees and follows the edge of Murphey Candler Lake. You’ll encounter a few roots and small inclines throughout but nothing too treacherous or difficult. This is a dirt/rock trail except for the bridges that have been built of the marsh areas on the northside of the trail. There are also a few branches of the trail along the northside that all loop back to the same place and don’t add any significant distance or time so don’t worry about which fork you take. The park is great throughout the year with the fall offering beautiful leaves and the spring bringing flowers along the lakeside. Even in the winter, you’ll hear and see lots of birds. The trail is rarely crowded except when there are large baseball tournaments in the park. Dogs are welcome on leash; there are poop stations along the way so you don’t have to carry a smelly bag too far.

Who is Going to Love It

This trail is easily doable for any skill level. There aren’t any steep inclines and the shade helps with any heat issues. Big wheel strollers can easily make it on this trail as well (unless it has been rainy). If you’re looking for a quick run after work or an easy weekend hike, this is the spot for you. Anyone in need of an intense workout should look elsewhere though!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Interstate 285, take exit 29 and head south on Ashford Dunwoody Road; take a left onto Nancy Creek Drive and the main parking lot will be on your left across from the baseball fields. There is additional parking next to the baseball fields and off of Candler Lake E. The park is open dawn to dusk and there isn’t a fee for parking. If you’re going in the fall or spring, just be aware there may be baseball going on and parking may be difficult.

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Murphey Candler Park - Trail Running

1551 West Nancy Creek Drive
Brookhaven, GA, 30319
33.90923, -84.32676

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