In just a little over a decade, the BeltLine has transformed Atlanta into a better place for dogs and people. The West End Trail was the first part of the BeltLine to open in 2008. The Westside Trail opened in 2017. The two trail segments now connect and overlap, winding through miles of city parks, historic neighborhoods, and public art. This section of the BeltLine is way less crowded than the popular Eastside Trail, and is a great place to bring your dog when you're wanting a quieter walk.
One of the easiest places to start your journey along the Westside Trail is at Adair Park I, which is located just a block north of where the trail begins at the end of University Avenue Southwest. Only street parking is available. You'll need to bring your own water and waste bags.
Near its origin point, the Westside Trail passes between Adair Park I and Aluma Farm, an urban agriculture center. It continues through Lee and White on Warehouse Row, a new food and arts hub with an expanding roster of dog-friendly spots. Among other places, dogs are welcome in designated areas at Wild Heaven Beer and the kombucha tasting room at Cultured South.
As you journey further along the trail, you'll go through several underpasses that have been converted into breathtaking murals of photorealistic faces, giant feet, owls, flowers, and butterflies. The vibrant colors make any time of year along the trail feel like spring. Real wildflowers bloom alongside painted ones, and at one point the trail is marked by posts that resemble giant crayons.
The Westside Trail has a few more hills than the BeltLine's Eastside Trail, but is still relatively flat. It's also got more tree cover and is quieter, allowing you to hear birdsong and even spot wildlife like deer, foxes, opossums, and box turtles. The Westside and West End Trails connect several parks, including Rose Circle Park, Gordon White Park, Westview Cemetery, and Washington Park. You can read about Atlanta's civil rights movement on signs posted along the trail.
The Westside and West End Trails on Atlanta's BeltLine are a perfect place to walk your dog when you're wanting to take in a quieter side of the city. Your walk together on the less-traveled segments of the BeltLine will refresh your spirits and your perspective.