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Biking & Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

The BeltLine Atlanta Georgia

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.

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!

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!

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.

Skyline Midtown Atlanta as seen from Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is beautiful even in the winter months

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

Fuel Station

Park Street Underpass

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

Virgina Parkway

Artist: Hense
Location: Virgina Parkway Underpass

Artist: Rising Red Lotus
Location: Virgina Parkway Underpass

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

Alex Rodriguez

Artist: OUIZI
Location: Paris on Ponce BeltLine side


Artist: James Bullough
Location: Paris on Ponce Street Side

James Bullough

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

Nate Frost

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

Thomas Turner

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

Chris Veal

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

Greg Mike & Big Teeff

Artist: Olive 47
Location: Irwin Street

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.

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…

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!


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


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

Tommy Bronx

Artist: Ricky Watts
Location: Edgewood Avenue & Krog Street

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

Location: Paris on Ponce

It’s polite to wipe your feet!

Location: Freedom Parkway Underpass Old Fourth Ward

Tips & Advice

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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