Atlanta's BeltLine park and trail system has made a huge impact on the city since the West End Trail became the first section to be opened to the public in 2008. The Northside Trail was opened in 2010, and is now part of a much larger system including the Eastside Trail and Westside Trail. The Northside Trail retains its own unique character compared to other segments of the BeltLine and is a great place to bring your dog when you're wanting to enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods.
At only a mile long, the Northside Trail is one of the shortest sections of the BeltLine, though that will change as other sections are completed and linked together. For now, it retains the character of the parks it winds through. The easiest access point is the parking lot on Collier Road Northwest across from Overbrook Drive Northwest. The trail continues half a mile north from Tanyard Creek Park to the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta Memorial Park, where it connects with the Northwest Beltline Connector Trail and other trails within Atlanta Memorial Park. Its most popular section runs south through Tanyard Creek Park to Ardmore Park.
The Northside Trail follows the contours of rocky, mellow Tanyard Creek along
its serpentine course, connecting landscaped sections of the parks with
more densely wooded areas. It was specifically designed to preserve the mature trees that cover most of it in shade. Heading south from the parking area, the trail proceeds downhill along some steps, then through a playground and across a concrete bridge. It runs along the edge of a large open meadow, a perfect place to romp with your dog or take them for a potty break. Remember to bring your own waste bags and water. The trail ends shortly after passing one of its visual highlights, the scenic wooden rail bridge in Ardmore Park.
If you're feeling stressed out by the pressures of urban living, bring your dog with you to the Northside Trail. After a pleasant walk through this peaceful natural oasis, you're sure to return home refreshed.