New trail system at Peachtree Creek to open

The South Peachtree Creek trail will have a grand opening ceremony this weekend.

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The South Peachtree Creek trail will have a grand opening ceremony this weekend.

The new trail system at South Peachtree Creek will have an official grand opening 10 a. m. June 24 at 1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur near the read of the tennis center. This an extension of the forest boardwalk between Mason Mill and Medlock parks. The new boardwalk will connect that existing trail — and eventually Emory University and the BeltLine — to neighborhoods in northeast DeKalb County.

Currently, that residential area is cut off from the two parks, playgrounds, ball parks, tennis courts, library and other amenities by heavily-traveled North Druid Hills Road. The quiet neighborhood streets north of that artery don’t align with those to the south, forcing joggers or anyone on a bike to risk a run or ride along North Druid Hills Road to get to the other side.

The PATH Foundation has been building paths all around metro Atlanta with Phase 4 of the South Peachtree Creek Trail to connect Spring Creek Road, via crosswalk across North Druid Hills Road, to the well-used Mason Mill-to-Medlock trail. The boardwalk snakes between the trees and over the creeks between North Druid Hills Road and the Mason Mill Tennis Center. Much of the trail is 15-20 feet above the ground as it twists and turns to avoid a majority of the trees that make this place special. Handrail installation began in March along with concrete trail construction and placement of amenities.

Construction is being funded by a federal government allocation and DeKalb County as well as donations to PATH.

This will open the parks to access without cars.