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Old 10-26-2009, 08:36 AM
Location: Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area
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If you're in Piedmont Park, you're going to have to make lots of loops, but Piedmont Park is about as big as you're going to get in Atlanta (Chastain Park is also big) unless you go out to the Chattahoochee National Park. The PATH is a combination of actual trails and on-road sections. It will give you the distance you need but some parts of it will be on the street (not necessarily on a sidewalk -- on the actual street). The PATH has a highly variable design. It winds its way through multiple intown neighborhoods making use of existing parks, new parks, wild non-"park" land and streets. It is primarily intended as a place for people to bike and jog (although plenty of people also include their dogs) but it's not necessarily the type of place that scent hounds or highly energetic working dogs would find ideal.

I doubt the Mason Mill Park area would work for you in this regard. The Medlock/Mason Mill PATH is tiny (maybe a mile or slightly more) and large portions of it are boardwalk rather than paved. There is a small dog park at Mason Mill Park but it's not going to take the place of a 5 mile run. Neither would Thompson Park, which is also small.

Before you make any decisions, you'll do best to spend some time in both areas. Make a few loops around Piedmont Park and walk the girls down the PATH. Get a feel for what works best for you.

Good luck!
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by la_cavalière View Post
I am researching the Midtown and Inman Park neighborhoods and am wondering how Piedmont Park compares with Freedom Park and the PATH trails. Right now I walk my dogs about 4-5 miles (1 1/2 to 2 hours) every morning in a park that is several times larger than Piedmont Park. We really enjoy the daily dose of nature in the city.

Are the paths in Piedmont Park long enough to do a substantial walk, or would we have to repeat the loops? (We don't have to stick to the paths.) The website says the longest loop is only 1.68 miles.

I see that there is an expansion of Piedmont Park in the works. How close is this to being completed? Will this add a lot more trails that could extend our walks? I looked at the map, but it's kind of hard to tell.

Are Freedom Park and the PATH trails as pretty as Piedmont Park? How long does the PATH trail go? The PATH website says it goes all the way to Decatur and Stone Mountain, but I can't tell if this is really a greenway park-like trail or just a paved path next to the road.

Thanks for your help!
I would not walk around Freedom Park by myself, especially if you are a woman. Lots of deranged homeless people in the area. They are also in Piedmont Park, but usually there are more people there.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:41 PM
Location: Midtown Sacramento
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Thanks for all the info!

Does anyone know what the PATH trail is like from the Martin Luther King Center to Inman Park? It runs next to Freedom Parkway, so is it noisy?
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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In my opinion it's not very noisy but I guess that would depend on what you would deem noisy or not. Once you leave the intersection of Boulevard and Freedom Parkway going towards Inman Park on the trail it is much quieter.
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