Some Metro Trails with Shade to Beat the Heat

Now that the Peachtree Road Race is over, Hometown readers who run or walk distances may be looking for different, cooler places to do their miles. All of these public routes provide shady tree shelter with forest canopies, many with picturesque bridges over creeks and stream-filled marshlands. They’re scenic and flat or gently rolling terrain. These trails are mostly short, lending themselves to an early finish or an extra lap. Three of the best run/walk trails follow.


South Peachtree Creek Trail (2 mi), 874 Gaylemont Circle at Medlock Park in Decatur 30033 is perhaps the most unique, as pictured in our headline photo. Murphey Candler Trail (2 mi.), 1551 W. Nancy Creek Dr. is beside the lake at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven 30219. Tribble Mill Park Trail (2.8 mi.), 2125 Trib-ble Mill Pkwy. in Lawrenceville 30045 winds around Azora Lake.


All these shady trails alleviate the summer heat we still have and are great to taper training until cooler weather comes this fall. It’s worthwhile to drive to them. Your mileage may vary! For more information, go to


– Dr. Paul Hudson

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