The Atlanta Beltline combines destination with transportation, and has been an ongoing development effort of Atlanta Beltline inc. and Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Via old, unused railroad corridors, the Beltline connects 45 neighborhoods through a transport system consisting of a 22-mile street car loop, 33 miles of serene trails, and 2000 acres of parks. Restaurants and businesses are also situated along the Beltline—it’s a fantastic, sustainable addition to the city.
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The Beltline is just a stone’s throw from downtown— residents and visitors have premium access to the heart of the city. The Skyline serves as a stunning backdrop to many locations along the trails and around the parks.
With lush lawns and numerous amenities, the parks and trails have been transformed into an outdoor escape. The Historic Fourth Ward Park is one of seven available to the community, and it boasts a wicked skatepark, modern playgrounds with rock walls, a summer splash pad, and 17 acres of grassy areas for play and picnics. Hop on the North Side Trail which houses historic railroad structures, while connecting to other trails. Rent a bike from the Atlanta Bicycle Barn to cover more ground.
The Eastside Trail showcases a huge portion of Beltline artwork along its 2.5 mile stretch. Hundreds of performers, musicians and painters have, and continue to contribute to the vibrant art scene that pumps through the veins of the area. Quirky metal statues, breathtaking photography, and even interactive puppetry displays set along the paths. Near Ponce City Market, you’ll find a local art museum. Take your ultimate Instagram pic by the “24/7 Time Star Lives” art piece which sits parallel to the skyline, near Old Fourth Ward Park.
Thanks to the central location, you can walk right up to a number restaurants for a refreshing meal after your morning run. Ponce City Market sits right off the Beltline, and is a repurposed, historical Sears building loaded with food from your dreams. Biltong Bar is a favorite, and offers a variety of flavorful jerky and booze.
Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of the Beltline, is how it’s transforming the lives of residents. Through the project, realistically priced housing, jobs, public health tools, streetscapes and environmental clean-up efforts have been developed. History is also being preserved, making this an enriching and incredible addition to the ATL.
The Beltline connects to MARTA, Atlanta’s main train line, at four different locations. There are multiple entry points, reference a map from the website to determine which point is closest to you.
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