Start line – Make a right on the Westside Beltline Trail
Stay on unpaved section and DON’T go up concrete ramp.
Eventually it starts to be paved again as you approach Rat Tunnel.
You will now stay on this new section of paved West Side Beltline until it deads ends into Washington Park.
When you hit Washington Park, concrete dead ends into a bench. Run right past the bench towards the tennis courts.
Pass the tennis courts and now run straight into the woods way. (Not to the left down the hill)
On this for a short bit. Til it ends at a house. Then go left to get out of the woods and then right onto Stafford Street. Then a quick right onto Mobile.
Take Mobile Street over the Marta Line and then and immediate LEFT onto Mayson Turner Ave
Then Left on Joseph E Boone and then IMMEDIATELY cross the street and run across to the fence and next to a shut down store and the guardrail.
Climb over guard rail and run through some litter covered trail. Follow the flags down to
“The Wire Apartments”
Short jog past these apartments .
Turn left at last building then take a quick jog. Begin to look for more flags and take a right over this gate. WARNING it has some barbed wire. Be Careful.
After you hop this fence, head towards the MARTA fence on your right.
Hug that fence and keep going. Then up a short steep hill with MARTA rail still on your right.
You then come out onto the railroad tracks and go right towards Maddox park. (You will now be following train tracks for the next several miles)
Next you will come upon Stand By Me Jr. Bridge.
You may cross this bridge easily. However, there are trains that come through the area. So pay attention.
If you don’t feel safe. You can go down to the street and climb up the other side, it will take longer obviously.
You will pass Maddox Park on your right. (There may be some locals hanging out there, they are harmless)
Stay on the path you and you will pass Fulton County Animal Services on your right.
Stay on track as you approach the first of Double Tunnels.
Make sure no train is coming…then run through 2nd tunnel fast.
THIS IS DOUBLE TUNNELS! RUN FAST THROUGH! DO NOT MESS AROUND!
When 2nd tunnel ends, stay to the bend on the right .
Then sharp right shortly afterwards at four way intersection towards Marietta Blvd.
Go under Marietta Blvd.
Pretty soon you will be able to see the Skyline of Atlanta from a view you never have before. Enjoy it.
A little bit later, you will see a big silver box that says “Top of slide b owa-3.5“. When you see that box, stay on the tracks that curve left. (There are two tracks that go to the left. They both go where you want so take either one)
A half mile later, stay on the tracks straight. Do not bear left . It will then bend right towards Howell Mill and Northside Drive.
*ALERT * – New Section!
As soon as you cross over the Tanyard Creek / Northside Beltline Trestle, look to your left for a pink flag. This is when you will come down to the Northside Beltline trail.
Be aware that it is loose gravel so be careful as you come down the slope. Note the Pink flags as you come down. Use the trestle supports for assistance.
The Northside Trail Guard will be at the bottom of the slope to point you in the right direction.
You will then get on the paved Northside Beltline trail. Stay on the path for about 6/10th of a mile at which point the trail splits. Take the path to the right. There are 2 pink flags on the right side of the trail.
Continue following the path, running along the golfs course until you reach another fork in the path. This time go to the left. There is a pink flag there signifying the correct path.
Stay on the path for about a tenth of a mile until just before the bridge. You will come to a “Slippery When Wet” sign with a pink flag. Here you will turn around and go back the way you came.
Once you get back to where you entered the trail, The NorthSide Trail Guard will signify completion and send you back up to the tracks.
Stay on the tracks until you come to this point in the photo. (Should be an aid station with friends, if not, its cause they got kicked off. Red Flags will be there if no friends.) Make a right up this hill.
When you head up the gravel/dirt hill. Stay straight. Continue on following the flags.
Then run along the tracks farthest to the left.
The tracks curve left under the Marta Line and then under I-85 towards the Ansley Golf Course (and eventually Piedmont Park)
On your way to Ansley Golf Course, there may be a fence or two to go around or over.
Eventually, you will see these Blue Gates which means you are at Piedmont Park (and are about half way done)
Amsterdam Walk Shopping Center is on your left. Stay straight on the gravel road. Do NOT venture right into Piedmont Park
Eventually, You will run into the corner of Monroe and 10th. This will be the beginning of the paved (and highly populated) East Side Belt Line.
Wave to people, say hello. Enjoy that you are among the human race again. This is the most people you will see all day along your route.
The BeltLine has extended even more pavement since our last trip and goes all the way to Dekalb Avenue.
Go left on Dekalb and then a quick right into the world famous Krog Street Tunnel.
When the tunnel ends, Krog is known as Estoria, and there you will turn LEFT onto Wylie Street.
This section of the Beltline has even even even more and now takes you all the way to Memorial Drive. (Muchacho/Golden Eagle on your left)