In the Pantheon of stupendous activities to rave about in metro Atlanta, a free-of-charge stroll along the Betline's Eastside Trail ranks relatively high in Atlanta magazine's "50 Best Things To Do" compendium. The write-up dispels the notion that the Beltline is a feeding trough for profits-hungry developers looking to cash in on millennials — or anyone else who prefers living in neighborhoods linked by this vibrant spine of activity. To quote: "If you've ever doubted that demand for the Atlanta Beltline exists, it'll be dispelled the moment you step onto its Eastside Trail—which opened in fall 2012, and runs 2.25 miles from the Old Fourth Ward to Piedmont Park—and jostle for space with joggers, dog-walkers, and kids wobbling on two-wheelers."
Strolling the Eastside Trail ranked at No. 18 on the magazine's list, between "Cheer on the Yellow Jackets" (queue growling Dawgs) and "Relive the Summer of 1996." The advice is to park at the southern end, near Irwin Street Market, and hoof it to Piedmont Park, a pedestrian journey clocked at 37 minutes. Last year, a broadcast news reporter traversed the trail on a bike in about six minutes (not advised when the trail's packed on weekends), and proved that traversing the city via Beltline is much, much faster than by four wheels on the street.
· #18 (Best Things To Do). Enjoy the Eastside Trail [Atlanta magazine]