Atlanta, Big Creek Greenway
A leisurely bike ride along the Big Creek Greenway makes for traffic-free cycling on a relatively flat paved trail that runs alongside the Big Creek. Big Creek Greenway spans approximately 20 miles, connecting Cummings, Alpharetta, and Roswell.
There are two sections of the trail. The southern section (Roswell/Alpharetta section) runs parallel to, and on the east side of, North Point Parkway. With the opening of the new section north of Webb bridge, it now extends from the dead end on Marconi Drive (off Windward Parkway) south 8.6 miles to a parking lot at Big Creek Park off Old Alabama Road near Holcomb Bridge Road in Fulton County. Note that the maximum speed limit for cycling is 15 miles per hour.
There are parking areas off North Point Parkway near the YMCA, Kimball Bridge Road, Haynes Bridge Road, North Point Parkway, and Mansell Road as well as various access points behind subdivisions and businesses. There are 6 access points for Alpharetta and Roswell’s section of the Greenway. You can find the list of trailheads here. Parking at all lots is free of charge.
Food and Drink
You can stop for lunch on one of the benches, or at Rock Mill Park. There are many picnic tables here. Kimball Bridge also has a nice gazebo with picnic tables.
This is more of a leisurely cycling route. Since the path is in a safe suburban neighborhood, you can find it a recovery ride and feel totally comfortable. Compared to Silver Comet Trail, another paved trail in Atlanta, the Greenway is shorter and populated throughout the entire path. You will see more S-shaped curves and bridge crossings on this trail.
The northern section extends from McFarland Parkway north to Cummings. This section of the route is heavily forested. A highlight is passage through Fowler Park (4110 Carolene Way, Cumming), which has numerous recreational amenities, including tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, playgrounds, and a skate park.
This trail has beautiful scenery, many shades, no road crossings, and no sounds from traffic. Only downside are the beautiful wooden boardwalks. However, be careful as when it is wet, it becomes very slippery.
There are some restrooms at the YMCA and Kimball Bridge parking areas (Rockmill Park) and at the southern end of Big Creek Park. You will find a few nature trails as side excursions and plenty of wildlife viewing. Check out wild turkeys, green herons and deer; also, be wary of copperhead snakes. Because the trail encompasses marshy areas, flooding may occur, making the trail inaccessible in places. Before heading your ride, check the trail's website for condition updates.
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