East Palisades

Fulton County, Georgia

Elevation Gain11ft
Trailhead Elevation764ft
Elevation Min/Max764/775ft
Elevation Start/End764/764ft

East Palisades

East Palisades is a hiking trail in Fulton County, Georgia. It is within East Palisades. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 764 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 11 feet. The EP 1 information and the EP 18 information yes are near the trailhead. There are also parkings and a wood. The EP 22, EP 21, EP 7, EP 16, and EP 5 information maps, the EP 4 information, and the EP 25 and EP 6 information yeses can be seen along the trail. There are also a viewpoint, a bench, and a cave entrance along the trail. The trail ends near the EP 24, EP 12, EP 13, EP 14, EP 2, EP 17, EP 3, EP26, and EP 8 information maps and the EP 23 and EP 10 informations.

East Palisades Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The East Palisades Unit comprises 393 acres of hardwood forest with rock outcrops, ravines, and a narrow river floodplain. The East Palisades Trail has a number of connecting trails in the interior of its loop. The main trail and most of these connectors"
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta (Falcon Guides)
Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs
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"Roughly 5 miles of forest footpaths wind along the steep bluffs overlooking the east side of the river. Only short sections of the East Palisades Trail are steep and strenuous for hiking. The elevation change from the river to the highest point in the unit is about 290 feet. Beginning at the Indian Trail parking area, the path follows an old roadbed for a few yards before dropping down in a series of switchbacks to Whitewater Creek and the river. A bridge on the left crosses Long Island Creek to an alternate trailhead at the Whitewater Creek parking area (Trailhead GPS: N33 52.706’/W84 26.510’)."
"This unit of the Chattahoochee River offers a taste of rugged beauty from high, heavily wooded ridges above the water to sandy, lushly carpeted floodplains lined with ferns and willows. Late autumn and winter are ideal seasons for hiking here as the leafless trees offer panoramic vistas of the river and surrounding hills. From the parking area, the trail enters the woods beside an information board, steadily descending to the southwest toward the river floodplain. A short distance ahead, note the fading ruins of buildings to the right of the trail, evidence of long vanished homes slowly being reclaimed by nature. Along this section, portions of the path are moderately eroded, and log steps have been installed to slow further deterioration."

East Palisades Trip Reports

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to Little Ocmulgee State Park. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Or you stay overnight with the Lodge's new lower rates. Free Day in the Park is 9/26/09.
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This is a nice trail, with at least a bit of topographic variation. The trail follows low sand hills, and has a nice variety of habitats, Pine Forest, Scrub Oak Barrens, Swamp and Lake.

The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There are some interesting views off the boardwalk that goes over the swamp. I visited in winter, and the water was very low. I don't know whether that was due to the season, the drought or a combination of the two.

The park facilities are also very nice.

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Trail Information

Fulton County
Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Atlanta 30350; (678) 538-1200; www.nps.gov/chat
Local Contacts
USGS Sandy Springs; maps also available from the park website (maps are downloadable to tablet or smartphone with QR code and marked waypoints).
Local Maps

Trail Log