Atlanta is steadily gaining traction in the trail-running community, where you can find off-road terrain in town, just outside the Perimeter, and in the Georgia mountains, such as the Pinhoti Trail or Duncan Ridge Trail. Don’t call Atlanta a concrete jungle: within 30 minutes of the city you can find more than 65 miles of trail running.
Just 15 minutes from the city, the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area lines the Chattahoochee River for 48 miles, and more than 24 parks are situated along the banks. Cochran Shoals has the ability to be a very easy, straightforward trail to navigate, or you could spend hours winding through wooded paths that seem limitless.
In East Palisades, you’ll encounter steep, rocky descents coupled with some rock scrambling, narrow trail ledges, and even a bamboo forest.
South of the city is Sweetwater Creek State Park. There, trail runners enjoy the white-blazed 5.2-mile loop that crosses over the stretching fields of wild azaleas and ferns and wanders along Sweetwater Creek.
For a mountain trail run, opt for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a beautiful route with a fair bit of uphill climbing.