The PATH is a network of trails in Atlanta that are great for bike commuters and recreational cyclists. MARTA connects with the PATH’s Stone Mountain Trail at several points along the blue and green rail line if you are looking for an outdoor adventure or new way to get to work. Bring your bike on MARTA, rent one from Relay Bikes or walk the trail system to explore the city in a new way.
Here are the MARTA connection points:
Next to the Inman Park MARTA station is a Stone Mountain Trail spur that will get your heart rate up. This paved segment winds through hilly parks to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and at that point there is a spur to connect to the Beltline Eastside Trail or turn on to the main PATH trail to downtown Atlanta or Candler Park.
After exiting the train, follow the signs to the Inman Park exit. At street level, turn right along the bus bay and walk to the edge of the parking lot where there is a marked PATH sidewalk just beyond a fence.
RIDER ALERT: The north Inman Park train station exit is closed until March 2019 for renovations, making it difficult to reach the PATH at this station. A more direct option is to board bus 16 at the Five Points MARTA station or in downtown Atlanta and ride to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library stop, which is right next to the PATH. Let the driver know your destination.
The Stone Mountail Trail is also next to the East Lake MARTA station on the blue line. At this location, the trail is flat alongside the a freight railroad and the MARTA tracks, making it great for an easy bike ride or place to take children. Downtown Decatur is a short bike, skate or walk away where you can reconnect with MARTA at the Decatur MARTA station and stop to get food or a frozen treat.
After arriving at the East Lake MARTA station, follow signs to the North Parking area. The trail is next to the station along Dekalb Avenue.
About a block away from the Decatur MARTA station is another access point to the Stone Mountain Trail. Take the Church Street exit out of the station and turn right to reach the trail. Keep left to head toward Stone Mountain or turn right on the trail to reach the East Lake station.
The trail connects one last time next to the Avondale MARTA station (the closest MARTA access point to Stone Mountain if you plan to bike to there). There’s less trees and more wide roads in the area, but great if you’re up for a series bike ride. Take the North Parking exit out of the station, walk through the parking lot and turn right on The PATH sidewalk.