Published in April 2014, this guidebook includes 60 hikes within 30 miles of downtown Atlanta.

Fort Peachtree Park

This greenspace is in addition to those featured in Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests.

Description: After 9/11, this park (which is park of the Department of Watershed Management) was closed to the public because of security concerns. But thanks to passionate neighbors and elected officials, Fort Peachtree Park is again open! At this point there are still no signs for the park to be seen from Ridgewood Drive, so you have to turn into the Watershed Management property through the open gate, just north of the bridge over Peachtree Creek. Parking and the pavilion is just beyond the gate. To hike to the river, pass through a second open gate and veer left onto the wide grassy path. Standing Peachtree (the Creek Indian village) and then Fort Peachtree (built in 1814) were at this site – the confluence of Peachtree Creek and the Chattahoochee River. Now, you can scramble down a small path to the river’s edge. And you can walk along the fence line to a small gangway that leads to a dock in the river. A fun adventure with tons of historical importance. It’s too bad the city built its water treatment plant on this site, but wonderful that we can have a small portion for recreation.

 

What’s there: Hiking trail, pavilion with fireplace & chimney, views of the Chattahoochee

 

History and historical markers: None, though hopefully there will be soon.

 

Champion trees: None

 

Mileage: 0.75 round trip

 

Address: 2630 Ridgewood Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327