5 hiking and biking trails in DeKalb County to explore

Views from Arabia Mountain (Courtesy: Dekalbcountyga.gov)
From dekalbcountyga.gov

Sunny, breezy days are perfect for getting outside and experiencing nature, and for some folks that means hitting the trails. Whether you prefer exploring these trails on two wheels or two feet, if you’re in DeKalb County, you’ll find no shortage of natural hiking and biking paths to explore.

Arabia Mountain Trails

The Arabia Mountain Path offers hikers and bikers paved multi-use trails built by the PATH Foundation that connect various sites within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Site. Nature lovers can explore more than 30 miles of paths that include a boardwalk and a serpentine bridge. Arabia Mountain also offers access to free parking at 13 trailhead parking areas.

Download the trail map here.

South Peachtree Creek Trail

The South Peachtree Creek Trail extension from Mason Mill Park to North Druid Hills Road. Ty Tagami/ttagami@ajc.com
Ty Tagami, Access Atlanta

The 3.6-mile South Peachtree Creek Trail, which connects Mason Mill and Medlock Park in Decatur, allows hikers, bikers and walkers to explore some of the city’s most verdant paths. The trail features scenic nature-scapes, leading explorers through shady woodland, along peaceful creeks and through forested railway corridors. It also offers plenty of seating areas that allow nature-lovers to take in local wildlife.

Download the trail map here.

Doll’s Head Trail

This is one of the "found art" pieces along Dolls Head Trail in DeKalb.
HYOSUB SHIN / AJC, Access Atlanta

If you’re looking for a more unique trail-going experience, consider the Doll’s Head Trail. Located at Constitution Lakes Park, the Doll’s Head Trail offers all you’d expect from a scenic nature trail – lush forest paths, a wooden bridge, wetlands and lakes populated with wildlife – with the added whimsy of folk art in the form of works made with found parts from children’s dolls. The trail itself is multi-use, with both paved and unpaved paths, boardwalks and trails winding through the forest. Perfect for nature and art-lovers, alike.

Access the trail map here.

Murphy Candler Park Trail

The Murphy Candler Park Trails are located within the 135-acre multi-use Murphy Candler Park. Hikers, cyclist and walkers of all skill levels are invited to explore verdant forests, a small lake and ballfield, with trails that are perfect for spotting songbirds, wildflowers and other small natural wonders while you’re hiking, biking or taking a stroll. This is also a perfect trail experience for folks with pets and children.

Access the trail map here.

Stone Mountain Park Trails

Park goers walk around Valor Park were Statue of Valor is located at Stone Mountain Park on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Stone Mountain Park offers visitors 15 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails throughout its park. Individual trails, including the Nature Gardens Trail, the Songbird Habitat Trail and the Evergreen Trail allow hikers and walkers the chance to connect with some of Georgia’s prettiest native birds, plants and wildlife.

Download the trail maps here.

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