Up the large driveway onto the trail
Make a right on the Westside Beltline Trail
Rat Tunnel right before Mile 1
The bridge is out at Mile 2.1 over Martin Luther King Dr.
**Course update. This looks a little funky now, as you can see in the photo below. Staying to the left is the easiest way to get around this big dug out area. Or you can just go straight, and jump up onto the concrete and then across. Your call ATLers.
At Mile 2.3, they are in the middle of construction. So step over the yellow and orange plastic barriers and continue onwards. (Do NOT change direction by getting on the concrete)
Then Washington Park tennis courts will be on your right
Right after the tennis courts end, at Mile 2.5. Stay to the left. (Do NOT go right towards the playground)
There is a little path you stay on as you bear left and go down a hill. It looks like this.
Next at Mile 2.74, Go right on Mobile Street
Take Mobile Street over the Marta Line and then and immediate LEFT onto Mayson Turner Ave at Mile 2.82
Then Left on Joseph E Boone at Mile 2.86 and then IMMEDIATELY cross the street and run across the red and white wooden fence next to a shut down store.
Climb over guard rail and run through some litter covered trail
You then hit concrete at Mile 2.94 next to “The Wire Apartments”
Short jog past these apartments which end at Mile 3.
Turn left at last building then take a quick jog. Now look to your right to get back on the trail on top of some doors to your right.
(It’s really you’re only choice of where to go next, or your stuck in The Wire Apts)
Shorly after re-entering this trail, at Mile 3.05, the Marta fence is on your right. Hug that fence and keep going.
At Mile 3.08 you run up a steep, short, hill.
You then come out onto the railroad tracks at Mile 3.10 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 at Mile 3.23
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 at Mile 3.39 (There may be some locals hanging out there, they are harmless)
Stay on the path you are through Mile 4 and you will pass Fulton County Animal Services on your right.
Stay on track as you approach the first of Double Tunnels at Mile 4.54
Make sure no train is coming…then run through 2nd tunnel fast.
When 2nd tunnel ends at Mile 4.7, stay to the bend on the right .
Then sharp right shortly afterwards at four way intersection at Mile 4.78 towards Marietta Blvd.
Go under Marietta Blvd. at Mile 5
Pretty soon you will be able to see the Skyline of Atlanta from a view you never have before. Enjoy it.
At Mile 5.27 you 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)
at Mile 5.92 stay on the tracks straight. Do not bear left . It will then bend right at Mile 6 towards Howell Mill and Northside Drive
POTENTIAL WATER AND NUTRITION STOP:
Just after running over Northside Drive, you can easily get off the track to your left. You can see a building called Onyx. Exit there and go right on Northside Drive. There is a Shell gas station less than .1 miles up on the right. Be sure to come back the way you came so you don’t miss any course should you choose to make this stop.
At Mile 7, there are some apartments to the right
At Mile 7.29 you will go over the paved Northside Beltline and Ardmore Park, but don’t go down there, stay straight on the tracks.
At mile 7.92, you may pass a sleeping bum as you go under Peachtree Road.
At Mile 8 there are some apartments to your right
This is an uneventful mile until you get close to Mile 9, which is a MAJOR course shift
You will approach a mini bridge right at Mile 9
Take an immediate right off the tracks and up the hill.
Then left at the top of hill at the yellow post towards Armour Drive. (not back over the bridge you just went under)
Run along the tracks farthest to the left.
At Mile 9.4. the tracks curve left under the Marta Line and then under I-85 towards the Ansley Golf Course (and eventually Piedmont Park)
At Mile 9.7 Ansley Golf Course is on your right
At Mile 9.97 office chair on the left
At Mile 10.6, you are at the blue gates which take you to the north side of Piedmont Park.
Amsterdam Walk Shopping Center is on your left at Mile 10.9. Stay straight on the gravel road. Do NOT venture right into Piedmont Park
You can leave the trail and head into Amsterdam Walk and find a restroom or a place to refill water if need be. Be sure to start back where you left the trail as to not miss any part of the course.
At Mile 11.5, You will run into Monroe and 10th. This will be the beginning of the paved (and highly populated) East Side Belt Line. There are several places here to find hydration, nutrition and restrooms. However, we highly recommend saving room for a slice of pizza at Old 4th Ward Pizza in a little less than 2 miles. Again, be sure to run back to where you left the course.
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.
At Mile 12.13, you will run over Ponce De Leon and past Ponce City Market (The old Sears bldg) on your right.
To your right is Jake’s Ice Cream and O4W Pizza.
We suggest stopping for a slice of pizza, or an ice cream cone, or both.
Mile 13-14 (continued)
Stay straight on Bill Kennedy Way. You will be running over Interstate 20.