Warm temperatures are all but gone in Atlanta, but there are still plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the bevvy of natural beauty hot spots all over town. There are plenty of walking trails around town and the immediate area that provide residents with beautiful nature escapes to rejuvenate and unwind. Many trails are just a short drive from AMLI’s Atlanta apartments. Let’s get exploring the great outdoors, here are our picks for best scenic walking trails in Atlanta.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

2852 Cascade Road SW

The Cascade Springs Nature Preserve is just 20 minutes from downtown and offers visitors a gorgeous waterfall, a historic springhouse blanketed in moss and dug outs and earthworks left over from the Civil War. The nature preserve is surrounded by Atlanta’s southwest neighborhoods and provides a tranquil escape for any nature lover. You may even spot wildlife like deer, birds and turtles on this 1.9-mile round trip trail. The preserve is located about 10 miles from our Midtown Atlanta apartments.

Nancy Creek Trail

551 W. Nancy Creek Drive NE

This 5.4-mile path goes between Murphy-Candler Park and Blackburn Park and beyond, and offers a good amount of scenery for walkers. It’s an easy, level surfaced path with many trees and natural landscape. The Nancy Creek Trail is located in Brookhaven and has recreation opportunities along the way at the Dunwoody YMCA as well as tennis courts and soccer fields at the parks. You can get here in 13 miles from our Alpharetta apartments.

Kennesaw Mountain trails

900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive

Kennesaw Mountain’s trails have a variety of routes for visitors to take. These walks are full of more Civil War-era history in beautiful natural surroundings. For those who travel to the top of the summit, there’s an overlook with one of the better views of Atlanta’s skyline—well worth the climb. Parts of the trail can get steep so it can be difficult for those who don’t have their trail legs. If you want to experience the skyline without the walk, the summit is accessible via a road open for vehicle traffic. This trail is a short 25-mile drive from our Buckhead apartments and apartments near Phipps Plaza.

Murphy Candler Park Trail

1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive NE

This park spans over 100 acres of forest, open fields and open water at Murphey Candler Lake. The trail will take you on a 2-mile loop that circles the lake shore and offers great spots for spending time in nature. The path is a level surface, making it an easy walk for everyone in the family—including your four-legged friend. The surrounding area is home to many birds of songbirds, geese, ducks and wildflowers in the right season. While it’s not the most tucked-away of trails on our list, you’ll be able to appreciate a little bit of both natural and urban scenery. This trail is located 9 miles north of our apartments in Lindbergh, GA and apartments near Buckhead.

East Palisades Trail

Whitewater Creek Road NW

The East Palisades Trail, located 10 miles from our Old Fourth Ward apartments, runs along the Chattahoochee River and is an easy to moderate walking path. Listen to the sounds of the river while you follow the 4-mile path upstream. As you walk, you’ll enter a dense area of bamboo forest that might catch you off-guard, but nonetheless pleased you came. It’s just another reason this trail is one of our favorite scenic walks in Atlanta. Dogs are also welcome here as long as they’re on a leash.

Sope Creek Park Trail

Brook Hollow Circle

Located on the outskirts of Atlanta, Sope Creek Park features over 3 miles of scenic hiking trails for those looking for a brief escape. This park is part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and located only 20 minutes from our Ponce city market apartments. Sope Creek’s main trail is an easy 1.5-mile hike where you’ll pass an old paper mill from the 1800s that used to print currency for the Confederate South during the Civil War years. This trail is typically less crowded than other surrounding trails, making it a great place to get away.

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Scenic Walking Trails in Atlanta

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