Atlanta is a fast-growing, spread out city whose running scene has been improving. For our guide to running in Atlanta, it’s helpful to have a bit of a geographic orientation. If in the downtown area, we recommend trying to stay in Midtown, which has access to Piedmont Park (our favorite place to run in Atlanta) the Beltline Trail, our Downtown Sights tour, and nearby Freedom Park. On the East Side is a run in Grant Park and Oakland Cemetery. Further east is a lovely run around Emory University and the Decatur area. We’ve also mapped several routes in Buckhead and neighborhoods in North Atlanta. Outside the Perimeter, Stone Mountain is a great destination run, as is the Silver Comet Trail from Smyrna toward the Alabama border.
A couple of notes about running in Atlanta. The city is very spread out and car-centric — look at our map closely if you want to stay near one of our favored running routes! Also, the weather can be brutally hot in summer, so run early and hydrate. By contrast, winters are mild and spring is absolutely gorgeous in Atlanta.