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Freedom Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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One example of Atlanta's many excellent paved urban trails highlighting lovely greenspaces and local points of interest.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

99%

Runnable

1,046' 319 m

High

919' 280 m

Low

115' 35 m

Up

180' 55 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Runner Notes

This trail is great for runners who live nearby who don't want to deal with the roots and rocks of a hiking trail, but still want to see a bit of green on their run. It provides just enough rolling terrain and inclines to get some light hill work without being exhausting.

Description

*For a more detailed description of this trail, plus a bonus "detour" near the end, see Freedom Park Stone Mountain Trail Run

There are several options for parking and public transit listed at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site NPS Website.

Also check out the nearby Relay bikeshare program.

Begining from the King Center and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, cross Auburn Avenue heading north through the grounds of The MLK National Historic Site and the (new) Ebenezer Baptist Church. After a few blocks heading north, you'll turn right as the trail runs parallel with the south side of Freedom Parkway.

Right after crossing Highland Ave, you'll come across your first opportunity for food in the Old 4th Ward area. To the right, you'll see a place called "Across the Street". If you divert here, there are several choices, including Highland Bakery: a popular breakfast/brunch/lunch spot.

Continuing on, you'll come to a brief covered section and an uphill climb. At the top of the hill, you'll see a small white sign on the right with 2 arrows saying "Atlanta Beltline Trail" (right) and "Decatur and Stone Mountain" (straight). Just after this sign, you'll see a path to the right that branches off sharply and goes down a short hill to the Atlanta Beltline. Stay straight to go to Freedom Park and Decatur.

In the next half mile, you'll cross North Highland Ave, and and then Moreland Avenue. Once across Moreland, the sidewalk splits. Take a left immediately, then stay to the right to follow the main path through Freedom Park: a 200-acre greenspace with gently rolling terrain dotted with trees and some beautiful sculptures by local artists. After about half a mile's worth of sidewalk, the path crosses Euclid Ave, then Oakdale Rd. The next road is Candler Park Drive, where runners hoping for a longer outing can branch off.

If you go straight across at Candler Park Drive, continuing to follow the PATH signs, the trail continues officially for about another half mile, ending at South Ponce De Leon Avenue. You can continue from here and pick up Stone Mountain Trail, which goes all the way to Stone Mountain Park (although some of that tail is directly along the road.)

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Heather Pruner

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The "Behold" Monument commemorating MLK Jr. on the grounds of the MLK Visitor Center.
Dec 10, 2017 near Atlanta, GA
More art along the Freedom Path
Dec 10, 2017 near Druid H…, GA
One of the art sculptures along the path in Freedom Park
Dec 10, 2017 near Druid H…, GA

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Jun 29, 2019
Nick Pataro
Nice paved trail with shade. Some rolling hills, but nothing too steep.