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Best Places to Run In/Near Atlanta

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Hey there, runners. We’ve covered a good portion of the country and running room in between, but there’s still a lot left, so this time, we’re tackling none other than Atlanta, Georgia showing you some spots to check out if you’re in the mood for a good run. If you’re interested, you know what to do.

The Appalachian Mountains run from Canada all the way down to Georgia, with a pit stop in the Atlanta area. Somewhere along the range, there’s a peak by the name of Stone Mountain that you should have a gander at while you’re in the vicinity. It is a mountain, so you can expect quite the trek as the path is comprised of 15 miles of trail that lead straight up the mountainside. Once you get to the top, though, it’s not so bad. In fact, the view from the summit is unbeatable and you don’t have to worry about getting down as there’s a Swiss cable car to handle that.

Another peak to overcome on the Appalachian range is Kennesaw Mountain. Situated within the Atlanta metropolitan area, it’s the highest point around. It made the cut as one of the best places to run in Atlanta, but it’s actually rated as one of the best in the country. As a historical tidbit, the mountain was a Confederate battlefield back in the mid 1800s, so that’s something to think about when you’re on your run.

Before you start thinking that Atlanta’s running routes are all hiking trails, we’ve got a path to check out at Piedmont Park if the whole mountain thing isn’t for you. There you’ll find a good mix of tar and turf, depending on your preference. Stationed strategically throughout the park are water fountains for a quick sip and go. Although you’ll be one with nature, you have the option of taking it to the city streets nearby that run along the perimeter of the park.

Atlanta’s nowhere near the ocean, so for the waterfront atmosphere, the Chattahoochee River is where you’ll have to go to get that. Luckily, it’s not too far from the city center, being less than 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta. As expected, the trail weaves through a dense forest that features periodic clearings along the river. This trail stays relatively flat, so this is perfect for those looking to stay off the mountainside.

Understandably, sometimes running can be a bit tiring, so for the person looking to get in a good run, and little rest and relaxation afterwards, there’s Chastain Park. You can expect to find an excellent paved trail that wraps around an equally excellent golf course, all flanked by playgrounds, tennis courts and fields. So, if you’re doing some running, this is definitely the spot to go to and bring a few guests along.

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