The East Palisades Trail is a beautiful unpaved trail in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area that’s perfect for hikes with your furry best friend! This loop trail is four miles in total, and dogs are welcome to join you on the trail on-leash.
The East Palisades Trail begins at the Indian Trail trailhead, and parking is available at this trailhead. As you start your walk, one of the first sights you’ll pass is the lovely Long Island Creek. After that, you’ll go past the roaring Chattahoochee River. Then, the trail turns in and takes you through a forest that's filled with native trees.
After walking through the forest for a bit, you’ll go over a wooden bridge across Charlie’s Trapping Creek. Then, you’ll walk through a picturesque grove of towering bamboo trees, some of which are over 30 feet high! After that, you’ll go by one last creek: Cabin Creek. As you’re walking through the forest and along the creeks, you may get to see some of the wildlife that lives in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. This includes cardinals, wrens, woodpeckers, salamanders, newts, turtles, and much more.
The final portion of the trail takes you up a large bluff that’s located right on the Chattahoochee River. This part of the trail is a bit steep, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a lookout point that offers amazing views of the Chattahoochee River. Be sure to stop here and enjoy the view before you head back to the start of the trail!
The East Palisades Trail is a scenic riverside trail that you and your dog are both sure to love. Be sure to bring some doggy bags so you can clean up after your pup while you’re on your hike, and have a pawsitively amazing time trekking here!
There’s no water available on the East Palisades Trail, so it’s a good idea to bring some with you. There’s also limited shade on some portions of the trail—be sure to give your dog extra water as you’re walking here. Also, be aware that snakes live along the trail.