Whether you’re a new or experienced hiker, now is the perfect time to introduce your next generation to everything the trail has to offer. It’s a wonderful opportunity for family outings, and the whole family will benefit from this healthy, active lifestyle while making lifelong memories too. Here are a few of the best places to hike near Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
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When heading off on a hike with preschoolers, choose a place that’s close to home. That way, the little ones don’t get restless on the drive. Simpsonwood Park is right in the neighborhood at Jones Bridge Circle Northwest. This 223 acre park offers a forested, 3.1 mile unpaved loop and clean restrooms.
This well-known trail is heavily trafficked and is perfect for all ages and skill levels. You may even get the chance to spot a deer along the creek or several varieties of mushrooms that grow near the trail. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.
Trolley Line Trail
This urban rail trail is part of the PATH Atlanta project. It gets its name from its route along the historic 19th century streetcar line. This 7 mile paved path does traverse a couple of major roads, so make sure to keep an eye on the kiddos. Most sections of the trail offer a wonderfully scenic recreational opportunity, but don’t feel obligated to tackle the entire distance. Stroll down the path for as long as the little ones feel comfortable.
Make sure to stop and get a drink. Even school-aged kids can become so engrossed in their surroundings, they don’t realize they’re thirsty. Pack a snack with some high energy foods and give the little ones a kid-sized water bottle. Jump on this trail from the beloved Coan Park on Woodbine Avenue southeast, or leave your car at Gilliam Park on Wade Avenue northeast. Both sites are closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Silver Comet Trail
Silver Comet Trail is another terrific rail trail. Its paved surface is suitable for various activities, from hiking, biking, horseback riding to skateboarding, and its wheelchair accessible. Located 13 miles northwest of Atlanta, this entire trail system is 61.5 miles long. Pick up the Mavell Road Trailhead in nearby Smyrna.
The path is paved, flat, and pleasantly enchanting as it winds through suburbia, wooded areas, and farmland. It runs mostly straight, with gentle curves and a few gradual hills. There are only a few street crossings, making it ideal for the whole family to get out for a hike without traffic worries.
Whitewater Creek Trail
To excite the kids, choose a trail with an interesting feature, such as Whitewater Creek Trail on Whitewater Creek Road Northwest. One of the East Palisades Trails, this section is roughly 5 miles long and runs along the Chattahoochee River. Plan to spend the day, and give the little ones loads of time to investigate interesting things along the way.
The Whitewater Creek Trail is also great for the family dog. Just remember a leash, and don’t forget to clean up after your four legged friend. This natural, dirt trail is open from dawn until dusk and features plenty of shade and even a bamboo forest between signposts 16 and 26. This is a busy area on weekends, so consider visiting during the week or carpool with another family. Expect to pay $5 for an all-day parking pass.
Rottenwood Creek Trail
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The 1.4 miles long Rottenwood Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is an ideal destination for families with school-aged children. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to explore. The first part of the trail is flat and easy to travel, and then it heads over a steel bridge that crosses the creeks. The rest of the way is slightly uphill, making it more challenging and possibly unsuitable for strollers.
Let the kids set the pace and allow them to pick a good spot where the family can stop for a breather. Extend your hike by continuing down the Bob Callen Trail or head back to the car. The trailhead is clearly visible from the Paces Mill parking area on Cobb Parkway. Take this hike anytime you choose. The recreational area is open 24 hours a day.
Arabia Mountain Top Trail
The Arabia Mountain system of paths features both paved and unpaved trails within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. It covers more than 30 miles and features hills, boardwalks, a serpentine bridge, and many free parking areas.
The Mountain Top Trail is the park’s most popular place for a family hike. It spans just 1.3 miles and gives you the opportunity to climb to panoramic views in less than an hour. The trail’s short distance and moderate climb make it beginner- and kid-friendly.
From Peachtree Corners, go south to Klondike Road to pick up the path. The area is quite picturesque, with a diverse ecosystem that includes vast fields of exposed granite, several lakes, grassy meadows, and mountains to summit. It’s a fantastic destination for outdoor exploration, and you’ll feel miles away from the nearby cityscape.
Old Mill Park and Machine Shop
Our final pick is the Old Mill Park on Mills Street in Roswell. This historic site offers a nice set of paved trails and a waterfall that’s just 10 minutes from the car. Thanks to multiple loops, you can hike for as long as you want, from less than a mile to 2 miles at this 24 hour park. Parking is free but limited.
There you have it! These best places to hike near Peachtree Corners was brought to you by Crème de la Crème of Peachtree Corners. Where is your family’s favorite hiking destination in the metro Atlanta area? If it didn’t make our list, let us know so we can add it.