Mountain Bike Trails near Atlanta, Georgia

Younger people will be familiar with Atlanta as the mecca of hip-hop because of its musical success and influence in that genre of music. So, what else is it known for? It is famous as an organizing center for prominent activists like Andrew Young and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Civil Rights Movement. Major attractions include the CNN headquarter and the World of Coca-Cola museum located in Downtown Atlanta. Visitors also love the beautiful graffiti art and murals. The lush greenery, including ancient-old trees, covers almost half of the city and we can thank the Tree Protection Ordinance for enforcing strict measures that limit deforestation. The canopy offers gorgeous views as you ride your mountain bike along the numerous trails in Atlanta.

Best Mountain Bike Trails near Atlanta, Georgia

The Southside Park trail in Atlanta, Georgia, is a great friend of every beginner mountain biker that wants a fairly easy but challenging ride. The beginner singletrack makes
5.3 mi
The Mason Mill Waterworks trail in Atlanta is a fun trail that gets very enjoyable once you get the hang of it. It boasts a network of trails that takes you through some easy
5 mi
Sometimes, long mountain bike rides can quickly get boring, making short trails like Peavine Creek the best alternatives. You do not want to pass up this trail when in
1 mi
The Island Ford Trail near Atlanta, Georgia, is probably unlike any ride you’ve ever experienced; this trail is the home of nature. Riding through the course takes you through
5.4 mi
The Cochran Shoals Trail from Interstate North Trailhead is one of Atlanta’s most popular trails because of its many positives. The scenic routes of Cochran Shoals park and
6 mi
Seven Sisters: Atlanta's Hidden Cycling GemTrail OverviewThe Seven Sisters trail, as fondly named by local riders, is an exhilarating, albeit technical, loop of switchbacks
1 mi
Wellbourne Drive Trail: Atlanta's Quick MTB DelightTrail OverviewLocated right in the bustling city of Atlanta, Georgia, the Wellbourne Drive Trail packs an impressive biking
1 mi

Atlanta, Georgia: Area Description

Atlanta is the state capital of Georgia and also the largest city. It has a total area of 134 square miles with water occupying 7.6% of the area. The city known as the city in a forest or city of trees is in the deep south of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are part of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern region of the country.

The city has high elevation because it is in the south of the famous Chattahoochee River and around 1,050 feet above mean sea level. The River supplies 70 per cent of the fresh water in the metropolitan area.

20 cities and counties, including Marietta and Decatur, make up the large metropolitan area with an approximate population of 5.6 million.

Rainwater from the west and north of the Eastern Continental Divide which passes through the city drains into the Chattahoochee River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico and the one from the east and south drains into the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlanta has rolling hills and numerous rivers and lakes such as Lake Allatoona, Lake Sinclair, Lake Lanier and Lake Seminole near Tallahassee. You can enjoy many recreational activities around these lakes which originated from dams and have a large variety of fish such as crappie, bass, sunfish and catfish.

Avid bikers have many trails to choose from as they explore the parks and villages. They include the Mason Mill Waterworks trail that we would recommend to anyone looking for a single track with technical challenges.

Land area (sq. m; sq. km)  353 km²
Minimum Elevation  738 feet
Maximum Elevation  1,050 feet

Demographics of Atlanta

Before the Europeans settled in Atlanta, it was previously inhabited by Creek Indians and Cherokee. The population is 498,715 in Atlanta city and 5.6 million in the metropolitan area. Atlanta metropolitan area is referred to as the Black mecca because it has the second largest African American population in America after New York City metropolitan area, and this group makes up 49.79% of the population according to a recent census. The other racial compositions are white followed by Asian.

Atlanta city ranks third after San Francisco and Seattle for having a significant LGBT population that makes up 12.8% of the total population.

There are 252,119 housing units; 45.21% are homeowners and the average household income is $118,074. 89.9% of the residents speak English. Around 4.85% of the inhabitants speak Pacific Island languages and Asian languages.

The median age is 33.2 years. 91.67% are citizens and 29.85% of Atlanta residents hold a Bachelor’s Degree. 66% of the population is in labor force with average earnings of $51,839. White-collar workers account for 89.83% of the population

Total population (thousands, million)  496 461 (2021)
Population density (persons per sq. km)  3,685.45/sq mi

Climate of Atlanta

Summers in Atlanta are hot and humid and they last from June to September with July having an average daily high temperature of 88° F. Hot days can have extreme heat waves and record high temperatures of up to 99° F. However, the high elevation of Atlanta moderates the heat and lends the city a climate that is more temperate than other surrounding regions. The summer season is characterized by some extended periods with no rain and others with frequent rain and thunderstorm in the evening and afternoon.

The winters are chilly, wet and mild but they are short as they run from December to February with January having an average daily temperature of 45° F. There are periods with rain, clouds and foggy nights. There are short periods where there are snowfalls and cold spells and the temperature suddenly falls as low as 10 °F. The average annual snowfall and rainfall in Atlanta is 2 inches and 50.2 inches respectively.

If you enjoy exploring the bike trails in Atlanta or near Georgia in a warmer climate, the best time to ride is in August to October and May to June.

Otherwise, the temperature rarely increases above 95°F or falls below 22°F throughout the year.

Average Temperature by Months and Seasons

Month Average Temperature
January  43°F
February 46°F
March 54°F
April 62°F
May 70°F
June 77°F
July 79°F
August  78°F
September  72°F
October  62°F
November  53°F
December  45°F


Atlanta is a cultural, economic and transportation hub in the Southeast region and its public transit system is the ninth-largest in the country. It has a large network of interstate highways and rail lines and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest worldwide.

There is an Amtrak Train Station, the affordable CobbLinc public bus system and MARTA, and the metropolitan area has six interstate highways. Cars are the main mode of transportation and 163,636 residents use them to commute.

There are multiple trails for riding bikes, hiking, running and picnicking. The Atlanta BeltLine trail features the Westside trail from Washington Park that connects to the Southside trail and the multiuse Eastside trail running from Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta to Reynoldstown. There are many bike share stations and you can connect to the Stone Mountain Trail.

Sights and Landmarks in Atlanta

Atlanta bike trails give you an opportunity to view landmarks, lakes and a variety of flora and fauna. For instance, you will come across Stone Mountain, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and Stone Mountain Park on the Stone Mountain Trail. The Island Ford Trail along the Chattahoochee River includes numerous caves, wildlife, rolling elevation in the woodlands and forests filled with native wildflowers and ferns, especially in the springtime.

Other attractions include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Piedmont Park

FAQ about Trails in Atlanta

Which are the best mountain bike trails in Atlanta?

We recommend the Southside Park trail by MTB Atlanta. It is near the airport, a sports facility and the largest park in Atlanta and the loops are of varying difficulty. The Evergreen Trail is the easiest before you reach the Southside Park Connector Trail that is mostly downhill and the Oak Trail which is rocky. The Hickory Loop is ideal for experts who have the balance to navigate large rocks.

Where can I find an in-town Atlanta bike trail for a beginner?

Peavine Creek trail in Atlanta on Emory University is a short singletrack trail with hills and river crossings that will take you through woodlands and the beautiful beaches at Peavine Creek. The steep is moderate but it can be slippery when wet. Another biking gem for newbies is the Island Ford trail with elevation gain of 420 feet and parking areas and you can bring leashed dogs.

Are there bike paths in Atlanta with a dirt surface?

Unlike other trails that are asphalt or paved, the multi-use Mason Mill Waterworks trail features a dirt surface with many elevation changes that would be suitable for intermediate riders although the dirt terrain can at times be very muddy.