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The result of efforts by the Cumberland Community Improvement District, the Akers Mill Trail is an important connector trail in Atlanta's Cobb County outskirts. The trail is divided into two segments, which are tied together by the Rottenwood Creek Trail.
Although the Akers Mill East Trail is relatively short at 1.2 miles long, it is a strategic connector to the 25 miles of trails within the Cumberland area. The trail’s northern endpoint is the endpoint of the Cochran Shoals Trail, located in the Cochran Shoals Unit of the popular Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. From there it crosses underneath I-285 and begins to parallel Powers Ferry Road southwest. Powers Ferry Road then ducks left under 285, but the trail itself continues straight, although an underpass spur provides access to the other side of the highway. From this point on, the trail follows Akers Mill Road until Rottenwood Creek, where it meets Rottenwood Creek Trail (also known as the Bob Callan Trail), a picturesque riverine pathway that is worth continuing on.
The other segment, called the Akers Mill West Trail, travels through the heart of the vibrant commercial district, connecting workers and visitors to the local amenities including the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Cumberland Mall, Cobb Galleria and countless other businesses of every stripe. The sidewalk narrows on the interstate overpass, but the remainder of the trail maintains the spacious sidepath width, meeting up with the five-mile Cumberland Connector that leads deeper into Smyrna.
Parking is available at the Cochran Shoals Unit of the Chattahoochee NRA (1956 Eugene Gunby Rd, Marietta, GA)
Overall this trail is best for connections. The north side is a great bike/walk trail where you can freely bike/walk at least a few feet removed from the street and it’s aesthetically nice even for a trail that runs between an interstate and a service road. As a connection to the trails along the Chattahoochee it’s excellent but wouldnt really stand on its own other than being a nice side street trail. The south is a glorified sidewalk that connects the Bob Callan to Akers Mill shopping center, Cumberland Mall, etc.
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