Atlanta Beltline Westside Hiking Trail

Atlanta, Georgia

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The Westside Hiking Trail has a much more urban feel than the Eastside Hiking Trail: Houses and apartments are visible along much of the route, and the path runs through an industrial warehouse district. But there are some interesting features along the way, including tunnels that are painted with splashy patterns and amusing murals. The most interesting section lies at the beginning as you traverse Ashview Heights, one of Atlanta’s first planned black communities. While neighborhoods in Atlanta were segregated through the turn of the century, the development of Ashview Heights from the 1920s through the 1940s marked the beginning of desegregation in Atlanta. After walking another mile you reach Westview, a neighborhood that developed between the 1890s and 1930s as Atlanta’s streetcar lines expanded.
Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia

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Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia

by Marcus Woolf (Wilderness Press)

The Westside Hiking Trail has a much more urban feel than the Eastside Hiking Trail: Houses and apartments are visible along much of the route, and the path runs through an industrial
warehouse district. But there are some interesting features along the way, including tunnels that are painted with splashy patterns and amusing murals.

The most interesting section lies at the beginning as you traverse Ashview Heights, one of Atlanta’s first planned black communities. While neighborhoods in Atlanta were segregated through the turn of the century, the development of Ashview Heights from the 1920s through the 1940s marked the beginning of desegregation in Atlanta. After walking another mile you reach Westview, a neighborhood that developed between the 1890s and 1930s as Atlanta’s streetcar lines expanded.

© 2016 Marcus Woolf/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Atlanta
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Atlanta Beltline
Local Maps: An Atlanta Beltline map is available online at beltline.org/explore/maps
Driving Directions: Directions to Atlanta Beltline Westside Hiking Trail

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