Biking & Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018 Hilary

Biking & Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Ponce City Market

With just three days in which to explore Atlanta I knew I wouldn’t even scratch the surface, but I had to try, and what better place to get an overview than the Atlanta Beltline. The addition of this mixed use redevelopment project, which takes advantage of the City’s existing railway corridors, is transforming and revitalizing the city of Atlanta in the best possible way. When complete The BeltLine’s 22 mile path will encircle and connect the city of Atlanta and its many diverse neighborhoods.

The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

Bike rental stations can be found along the BeltLine

The multi-use pedestrian friendly pathways are perfect for cycling, running, and walking, but the BeltLine is much more then just an exercise path getting you from point A to point B. With a skate park, shopping, restaurants and the South’s largest temporary public art installation the BeltLine is a destination!


This fun mural can be found at Paris on Ponce

Did someone say the South’s largest temporary public art installation?

As soon as I knew I would be visiting Atlanta I immediately started researching what the city had to offer in the way of public art, and boy did I hit the jackpot!

#BigTeeff Atlanta Beltline Georgia

Guess what kind of business this is?

Essentially The BeltLine is an outdoor art gallery featuring a revolving display of both local and international artists. Additionally, Atlanta is host to multiple mural and art festivals each year, including the Outer space Project, and Living Walls.  What all this means, is that you’ll find murals, sculpture, and performance art just about everywhere, much of it located along the BeltLine, or nearby!

#historicfourthwardpark BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Time Star by Charlie Smith in Historic Fourth Ward Park

Because the BeltLine is so big, and we had limited time, we chose one area, the Eastside Trail, and focused on that. In hindsight I might have walked the trail as we got on and off our bikes countless times to explore all the amazing art we saw. Starting at Park Street and ending at Edgewood Road, here is just some of what we found as we rode the Eastside Trail.

Piedmont Park

We rode through and along the edge of Piedmont Park with lovely views of Midtown Atlanta before connecting to the BeltLine at 10th & Monroe.

The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Skyline Midtown Atlanta as seen from Piedmont Park

#piedmontpark The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Piedmont Park is beautiful even in the winter months

Title: The Service Station
Artist: Wesley Forlines
Location: 10th and Monroe Area

#wesleyforlines The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Fuel Station

Park Street Underpass

BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

We found on-street parking and a Relay Bike rental station just off Park Street. This gravel path connected with the BeltLine’s paved path at 10th & Monroe.

Title: Purple Rain
Artists: Karl Addison & Jarus
Location: Piedmont Park at the Park Street Underpass

Karl Addison & Jarus The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Virgina Parkway

Artist: Hense
Location: Virgina Parkway Underpass


Artist: Rising Red Lotus
Location: Virgina Parkway Underpass

#risingredsun The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Rising Red Lotus

Along the Trail

We loved these pinwheels, which were spinning in the breeze, and we stopped to explore some of the businesses along the trail, including Paris on Ponce a quirky collection of shops within a shop selling vintage and locally made items.

Title: Swirling Colors
Artist: Alex Rodriguez
Location: BeltLine at Dreary Street NE

#pinwheels sculpture on the Atlanta BeltLine

Alex Rodriguez

Artist: OUIZI
Location: Paris on Ponce BeltLine side

#ouizi street art on the BeltLine Atlanta Georgia


Artist: James Bullough
Location: Paris on Ponce Street Side

#jamesbullough Street art on The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

James Bullough

Artist: Nate Frost
Location: Alley off of Paris on Ponce

#natefrost street art on The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Nate Frost

Artist: Thomas Turner
Location: Alley off of Paris on Ponce

#thomasturner Street art on the Atlanta Beltline Georgia

Thomas Turner

Title: 10:28
Artist: Chris Veal
Location: BeltLine between Spot for Dogs and Paris on Ponce

#chrisveal Street Art on The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

Chris Veal

Artists: Big Teeff & Greg Mike
Location: Spot For Dogs

#gregmike #bigTeeff Street Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Greg Mike & Big Teeff

Artist: Olive 47
Location: Irwin Street

Family Fun on the Atlanta BeltLine

Old Fourth Ward

While I wasn’t traveling with my kids I know they would love a visit to the Historic Fourth Ward park. The 17 acre park intersects with the BeltLine and includes Atlanta’s first public skatepark, a playground and athletic fields.

#skatepark Atlanta Georgia

Old Fourth Ward Park Skatepark

Just next to the park is the Freedom Parkway Underpass and, much like the Venice Art Walls in my hometown of Los Angeles, people come here to express themselves via spray paint art. If you’re wondering I didn’t have time to make any of my own… this time…

#freedomparkway the Atlanta BeltLine

Freedom Parkway Underpass

Location: Freedom Parkway Underpass Old Fourth Ward

Ladybird Restaurant

While I admit I didn’t eat at Ladybird, if time had permitted I would have! Stopping here for a much needed drink, we encountered true Southern Hospitality either that, or I looked like I was desperate, because they wouldn’t let me pay for the soda I ordered. Located right on the BeltLine!

Ladybird Restaurant Atlanta Beltline Atlanta Georgia


Towards the end of the day my desire to see a particular mural led us off the BeltLine and through the Sweet Auburn Historic District, the location of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birth Home. Unfortunately daylight was running out, and we didn’t have time to visit. its  on my list for next time…

Artist: Nychos
Location: Corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard SE

#outerspaceproject #nychos street art Atlanta Georgia


Artist: Tommy Bronx
Location: Corner of Edgewood Avenue and Krog Street

Street art #tommybronx Atlanta Georgia

Tommy Bronx

Artist: Ricky Watts
Location: Edgewood Avenue & Krog Street

#Rickywatts Street art in Atlanta Georgia

Ricky Watts

Tiny Doors ATL

We were delighted to discover #tinydoorsatl (what is it about tiny things?) during our visit. Turns out there are a number of these adorable lilt doors throughout the city, but with limited time we only found the three located along the BeltLine. Adorable!

Location: Eastside Trail at Virginia Avenue

#tinydoorsatl The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

Location: Paris on Ponce

#tinydoorsatl The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

It’s polite to wipe your feet!

#tinydoorsatl The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

#tinydoorsatl The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

Location: Freedom Parkway Underpass Old Fourth Ward

#tinydoorsatl The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

Tiny Doors ATL The Beltline Atlanta Georgia #tinydoorsatl

Tips & Advice

  • There are multiple access points to the BeltLine.
  • Keep in mind that the BeltLine is a work in progress, and that you can complete as little or as much of the trail as you’d like. We chose the Eastside Trail and our route was 7. 25 miles roundtrip.
  • We parked on the street just outside Piedmont Park, but parking is also available at the northern end of the trail in the paid lot beside Park Tavern and at the Piedmont Park. You can also find on street parking at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.
  • The Eastside Trail hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • If you don’t have access to a bicycle you can rent the city’s public Relay Bikes. You’ll need to download the app first.
  • Bring water!
The Beltline Atlanta Georgia

Relay Bike Stations can be found along the BeltLine

Outer Space Project

If you’re interested in finding more of Atlanta’s amazing art, this map from the Outer Space Project should be helpful.

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Biking and Street Art on the BeltLine Atlanta Georgia


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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and wherever I go, they go! This means they are, at the ages of 9 and 15, world travelers and all around go along guys! There isn’t anywhere I can’t take them! It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things I’ve learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (43)

  1. Amazing street art. I have just acquired the love for Street art. I would so love to visit this belt. Happy travelling !!!! #farwayfiles

    • Hilary

      It’s a wonderful medium isn’t it! The good news is that it’s piping up everywhere!

  2. I love these disused areas that are made into something quite special. The art here is so incredible and the use of space for cycling in perfect. Thanks for sharing this little corner of the world #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Me too! It’s incredible to see how it’s changed the city! 1.7 million people used this trail last year!!

  3. Clare Thomson

    I’m just in love with those tiny doors! The street art here is fantastic. I particularly love the brightly coloured walls – the flowers, fish and splodges. #FarawayFiles

  4. katherinefenech2017

    What an awesome pathway! You can get your exercise in and enjoy the scenery. I think it was great that you decided to bike part of it, you get around quicker and see more awesome street art! #FarwayFiles

    • Hilary

      It was such a fun trail! You’re right about the bike getting us further…

  5. What great art! and what a perfect way to see it all… biking seems like the ideal way to take it all in. It’s so easy to stop whenever you see something inspiring! #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Yes, the bikes really made it possible to see so much more then we’d been able to see had we been walking. We got a workout and we saw the art!

  6. Oh what a neat place to visit! I had never heard of the Beltline before. I love the tiny doors – they’re brilliant! I am totally in favour of cycling around a new city – I honestly think it’s one of the best ways to see a new place. Looks like you had fun! #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      We had the best day! I just love being with a friend exploring a new place together!

    • Hilary

      It’s incredible what a bike path and some art will for a city! Every city should have this!!

    • Hilary

      It’s so true, now that street art is so accepted there is so much to choose from! I love it!!

  7. annette @afrenchcollection

    What a diverse collection of art, I can see why you enjoyed your ride so much. #FarawayFiles

  8. We’ve got friends in Atlanta who rave about the BeltLine – mostly the convenience and outdoor space. I had no idea about the street art, what a cool cycle trip! #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Yes! This was the first place my local friend insisted we go! It’s done wonders for the city!

  9. Wow, this is cool! I love that cities are now featuring creative murals to brighten up the city landscape. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is doing the same but not as fantastic and colourful like the ones in Atlanta and other cities in the world. Superb! #FarawayFiles.

    P.S. Love your T-shirt with the smiley face 🙂

  10. What a fabulous place – I love it when old railway lines get a new lease of life as cycleways or similar, but they’ve really gone all out here. What a treasure trove of art and things to see as you explore. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Hilary

      It was a treasure trove we felt like we’d won something we had the best time!

  11. I’ve been to Atlanta only once and loved being outside the city in nature. I’d love to go back and see more of Atlanta from a bike!

    • Hilary

      This was my first trip to Atlanta and I can see why they call it the City in the trees!

  12. Lyn

    Hilary I loved this post as I am a huge fan of streetart. That dog looking over the fence, the fish and those tiny doors are my favourites.

    • Hilary

      Thank you! I love street art too! The tiny doors were so precious… Its like finding hidden treasure!

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