Murphey Candler Park - Trail Running

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Summary

Murphey Candler Park offers an in-town combination of neighborhood hum, lake views, and wooded trails. Settled in between Dunwoody and Brookhaven, trail running at Murphey Candler Park is convenient for short to medium-distance runners looking for a loop.

Written by

Jennifer Shamp

Distance

0.1 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

11.5 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

2

Time To Complete

1 hours

20-30 minutes for 1 loop

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Murphey Candler Park

Review

Intro

Frequented by locals during all seasons and times of day, trail runners can enjoy the lake view filled with wildlife while listening to the surrounding neighborhood hum of outdoor enjoyment. Murphey Candler is a convenient trail nestled in Brookhaven just outside of Dunwoody where you can fit in a quick trail run after work, before a hectic weekend, or even during your lunch break.

What Makes It Great

Beginning at the corner lot near the bridge, you are accompanied by the music of quacking Mallards and honking geese welcoming you to their home. A quick jaunt through the sandy “beach” where dogs are drawn to cool off their coats quickly leads to a canopied dirt path winding alongside the outskirts of the lake. A few side trails lead to picnic shelters, a playground, and trail access for nearby neighborhood streets. Watch for roots in some sections, but be sure to check out the painted concrete wildlife. Though a few wooden bridge crossings halfway around take you across the wetland areas, those who enjoy playing in the mud after a rain can do so if they take the shortcuts nearest the lake. If jogging counter clockwise, you will have pushed up the only “hill” on the trail. You will then pass by a popular fishing area for both people and blue heron as you emerge from the wooded trail and pass by two more picnic shelters. Again, you will have the lake in view as you cross the paved bridge back to the main parking area.

Who is Going to Love It

Those who enjoy just enough trail to whet their “out-of-town” appetite while feeding their need for a neighborhood run. Weather iffy? Cut your run short and you can be at your car in minutes. Enjoying a sunset run? Keep going, only turn around to run in the opposite direction for a varied view and change up of terrain. There is no need for a compass or GPS as the trail is relatively short loop (1.6 miles) and the lake is almost always in view. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Murphey Candler Park is conveniently accessed by Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. and W. Nancy Creek Rd. or Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. and E. Nancy Creek Rd. You can begin your run at the east side of the park accessing the wooded trail section from East Nancy Creek and Candler Lake E NE or park near the bridge and across from the ball field. Additionally, there is a large lot across the street at the ballpark which has plenty of parking when games are not being held. There are no parking fees.

Location

Murphey Candler Park - Trail Running

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

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