7 Beautiful Walking Trails in the Atlanta Area

January 24 • 2024

Vickery Creek Trail Waterfall in Roswell

Looking for an adventure? Don't miss out on these trails!

Georgia is a beautiful state featuring incredible hiking trails and scenic walks. It’s worth taking advantage of all the mountains we have in North Georgia, but you don’t have to venture that far for the best trails. Atlanta has a lot of local areas with amazing scenic trails to stretch your legs and view the incredible nature of our state.  

Explore some of Aylo Health’s favorite hiking and walking trails for the Atlanta area.  

Bamboo Forest:  

Did you know that not far from downtown Atlanta there is a bamboo forest close to the Chattahoochee River?  

It’s a beautiful section of the East Palisades Trail and is considered a moderate 4-mile hike, which can take about two hours to complete. It’s welcoming to dogs but be sure to keep your furry friend on a leash!  

This is a great guide to getting to the Bamboo Forest and what it’s like to explore the area.  

4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327  

Vickery Creek Trail: 

The Vickery Creek Trail is a scenic, shady, and fun in-town hike. Not only does this hike explore the historic remains of the Roswell Mill that was built in 1836, but you’ll walk by a photo worthy waterfall.  

This trail is about a 4.7 miles round trip trail that’s rated as moderate difficulty.  

95 Mill Street, Roswell, GA 30075 

Kennesaw Mountain:  

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a great place to get outdoors and see the skyline of Atlanta, explore meadows, see wildlife, and hike through forests. It has 2,923 acres and features over 18 miles of trails that have different levels of difficulty.  

Here is a list of trails to check out.

900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr. Kennesaw, GA, 30152 

Etowah River Park:  

In Canton, there is a beautiful park that has a public canoe launch and offers a shaded stroll over the Etowah River. For those who prefer smoother paths, a 0.5-mile concrete walking trail provides an even stroll. This park also connects to Heritage Park through the concrete path.  

600 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114 

Heritage Park: 

Heritage Park has 48 acres, that’s a very wonderful place to stroll and offers recreational field space, usually used for soccer. It’s connected to the above Etowah River Park through the concrete path that both parks offer.  

508 Riverstone Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114 

Panola Mountain State Park:  

Don’t overlook this park if you live in the Atlanta area! It’s only 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, and it’s one of the only three National Heritage Areas in the state.  

To explore the granite mountain, ranger-led guided hikes are a must – and the experience is truly rewarding and worth it. You get access to a 100-acre granite outcrop that’s like Stone Mountain but much more pristine. You’ll also have a guide that will teach you about the rare plants and animals in the area.  

2620 HWY. 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281  

Silver Comet Trail:  

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Silver Comet Trail, which is 61.5 miles of paved pathway that starts in Cobb County and travels through Paulding and Polk counties. Explore the trail by walking, running, or biking – it’s wheelchair accessible too. It’s a great way to spend the day with your family in the sunshine. There are even areas where you can stop and get off and get some lunch. 

Check out this cool interactive map of all the trailheads for the Silver Comet Trail. 

The above parks and trails are just the tip of the iceberg of all the beautiful places you can explore in Henry, Cobb, and Cherokee Counties.  

Immerse yourself in nature and the outdoors, it’s a surefire way to boost your mood and connect to your local community.