The Jackson Street Bridge is one of the off-the-beaten-path attractions in Atlanta. The bridge itself isn’t the focus, but rather the skyline view from the bridge. It’s a great spot to take a picture and the view also has a claim to fame as one of the shots from the TV series “The Walking Dead”.
There are several ways to get to the bridge on transit:
Board the Atlanta Streetcar at the Peachtree Center MARTA station’s Ellis Street/Peachtree Street East exit. Ride the streetcar to the King Memorial Historic Site, getting off at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Jackson Street. Walk north on Jackson toward the Horizon Sanctuary for about two blocks to reach the bridge.
Walk from King Memorial
Cross over Decatur Street in front of the King Memorial MARTA station and walk north on Hilliard Street next to the apartment buildings for about a block. Turn right on Edgewood Avenue then left on Jackson and walk another three blocks. Walking time is about 16 minutes. The walk is in a very urban area, so use caution.
Walk from Peachtree Center
Take any red or gold line train to get to Peachtree Center MARTA station, then follow the signs to Harris Street/Peachtree Street East to exit the station. Turn right on Peachtree Street and right at the first intersection on to John Portman Blvd./Harris Street. Walk three blocks and turn left on Piedmont Avenue, making sure to cross the street first. Turn right at the next intersection to reach the Freedom Park Trail. Take that to Jackson Street and turn right (see map). Walking time is 20 minutes, and the trail provides a good option whether you are walking or biking.
Bus 3 travels near the bridge on weekdays only. Board the bus at the Five Points MARTA station (heading east toward Candler Park) for the shortest commute. Signal for the bus to stop when the bus starts turning left on Jackson Street. Get off the bus and walk straight north for a block to reach the bridge.
All seven days a week bus 16 also stops about a block away. Connect with the bus at the Five Points MARTA station and exit at the Atlanta Medical Center at Parkway Drive. Turn right to walk south on Parkway, which turns into Jackson at the bridge.