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. There is a vending machine at the stop for purchasing $1 fare. Ride the streetcar to the King Memorial Historic Site, getting off at the King Historic District stop. 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 transitional 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 John Portman Blvd/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 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.
For schedules and real-time bus locations on a map, download the MARTA on the Go app or look up route information online.