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While most Atlanta residents would know this trail as a greenway through Freedom Park and Candler Park, it's really much more: a continuous 19-mile stretch of car-free paths and on-street bike lanes connecting Midtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park.
Along the trail’s route, you'll see skyscrapers, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Carter Center, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, downtown Decatur and, of course, "the big rock" (Stone Mountain). A few hills along the way will also give you a good workout.
The western end of the trail is near Georgia Tech's Midtown campus. From there, the trail heads east to Freedom Park; look for lots of company here. This stretch is also appropriately known as the Freedom Park Trail. Near the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the trail intersects the Atlanta BeltLine’s popular Eastside Trail.
When it reaches Candler Park, the Stone Mountain Trail begins its on-street stretch, an approximately 1 mile ride to the next segment of trail along the active MARTA rail line in Decatur. To reach the Trolley Line Trail instead, continue southwest along Rocky Ford Road and Oakview Road from the west end of the rail-with-trail segment.
Another on-road route from the Stone Mountain Trail’s eastern end leads through greater Clarkston's industrial lots to a great view of Stone Mountain. In Stone Mountain Park, take the 4.5-mile loop trail around the mountain for a look at the local flora and fauna and lake views.
The Stone Mountain Trail has numerous access points with places to park. Visit the PATH Foundation’s official website for maps.
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