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Hitting the Trails: Chastain Park Loop

October 1, 2012

Guest Blogger Tracy J. Dean, Girls on the Run of Atlanta Board Member, SoleMate and runner

This three-mile loop is a favorite among the active Buckhead community for its diverse elevations and surroundings. The paved path goes from flat to rolling hills—both steep and curvy—and has a bridge that goes over a small stream. At times the trail is peaceful, dark and quiet in nature… and at other points your strides overlook sports fields and even a straight shot down a golfing fairway.

This Chastain Park loop encircles the North Fulton golf course where you’ll see plenty of plaid pants and hear the chip of the ball on the green. Friendly runners, walkers and bikers on the path wave hello and there are quite a few “regulars.”

During your run, you’ll pass beautiful homes, the tennis center, pool and golf clubhouse. In a distance you can also spot the horse stables, playground, arts center and the Galloway School that surround the park. Perhaps the most entertaining part of the loop is the area that gives a bird’s eye view of the sports (baseball, soccer or football) fields. There is often a lively game going on and plenty of cheering.

The park is safe with security, and more than one hundred fifty people use the trail each hour. When there is an evening concert scheduled at the amphitheater, parking can be troublesome as many people arrive early for the shows. Otherwise there are usually plenty of spaces. And speaking of space, the PATH Foundation is working to expand the width of the trail to accommodate more traffic in both directions.

Enjoy your run!

Photography by Tracy J. Dean

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