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East Palisades Trail and the Bamboo Forest

One of the most beautiful hikes ITP.

Hiking Moderate

7.9 km
224 m
224 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
233 m
High Point
316 m
East Palisades Trail and the Bamboo Forest Map

The East Palisades trail is one of the most scenic Atlanta hikes found inside the perimeter, or ITP, as the locals say. The main leg of this hike traverses along the banks of the Chattahoochee River's Palisades section, "one of the river’s most scenic in metro Atlanta," according to AtlantaTrails.com. "Frequented by kayakers for its Class 1 and Class 2 whitewater rapids, the Palisades are marked by visually striking, sharply angular rock slabs that punctuate the river’s wide flow," they continue.


The second most interesting feature of this hike is the massive bamboo forest that it passes through. The dense bamboo towers high overhead, immersing you in natural beauty even though you're not far from the heart of the city.

This hike is a true gem and worth experiencing whether you're a longtime Atlanta local visiting for the first time.

Sources: https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/hiking-east-palisades-indian-trail-at-the-chattahoochee-river/ https://www.exploregeorgia.org/things-to-do/article/forget-youre-in-atlanta-with-a-hike-along-the-chattahoochee-river



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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