Whitewater Creek Trail

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Trail Distance: 4 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 50 min
Elevation Gain: 295 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: $5
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Whitewater Creek Trail is accurately named, as it follows alongside the Chattahoochee River's Class 1 and 2 white water rapids. This trail is part of the East Palisades portion of the Chattahoochee River Recreational Area, and is one of the most scenic trails in metro Atlanta. It offers a great way to escape from the bustling city life, and into nature with your four-legged friend. 

There are two trailheads that can start you off on your adventure. One is located at the south end on Whitewater Creek Road Northwest, and the other is on Indian Trail Northwest. There is parking available at both locations, where you can purchase a $5 parking day pass. From here you can hit the trails and head into the wilderness with your doggo! The trails can be winding and confusing, but there is good signage at every intersection. 

The eastern side of the Chattahoochee River, with Whitewater Creek Trail, is less busy than the western side, so you should be able to find some peace and quiet in nature. There is a location along the river where doggos can take a swim, so this trail is very popular among pet-parents. Although the official website states that dogs should stay leashed, many owners choose to let their fur-babies run free. 

The trail has some steep sections, leading to beautiful views from towering bluffs. It will also bring you through historic ruins, and a small bamboo forest, located near trail marker E26. The park itself is big enough to let you and your pupper forget you're anywhere near the city. 

Dogs are welcome here with both paws, as long as proper petiquette is followed. This includes keeping your pup leashed, and following Leave No Trace principles, so be sure to bring clean up bags. Bring water to share too!

With all the furtastic features here, it's no wonder why people keep on bringing their dogs to Whitewater Creek Trail. 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Forest, River, Diverse Landscape
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Be prepared for mud after a heavy rainfall. The trails are well marked, but they can be confusing. It's a good idea to bring along a GPS for good measure. 

Address
4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Hours
Mon 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Address
4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Hours
Mon 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM