|Trail Length: 6.0 miles||Type of trail: Loop|
|County: Fulton County, GA||Our rating: Moderate|
|Features: scenic, river, historic, fishing, canoeing, 60hikes||Your rating:|
|Usage: Medium||Added on: October 13, 1998|
|Last hiked: October 07, 2011||Updated on: October 15, 2011|
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Hiking trails in Fulton County, GA
Located in northwestern Fulton County, East Palisades loop is surrounded by some of the Georgia's wealthiest homes. Two entrance points exist to the park, off Indian Trail and Whitewater Trail, both with modest parking (fee $3.00, November, 2011). Once within the confines of the park, it is as though you have stepped a hundred fifty years into Georgia's past. This overview is told walking clockwise from the Indian Trail lot.
Initially the blue blazed trail descends down an easy-to-moderate root-strewn hill. Long Island Creek, a Chattahoochee River tributary runs alongside the trail at the bottom of the hill. On the approach to Whitewater Trail parking lot the footpath crosses Long Island Creek on a series of bridges. After the last bridge the trail turns and hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Occasionally, sidepaths to the left lead down to the riverbank.
Whitewater Creek parking area is connected by bridge to the hiking trail. The bridge was heavily damaged in 2005 and rebuilt by the park.
Pollution is an obvious problem in the river at this point. We saw large clumps of garbage on the river, although the brown tinge to the water is not pollution (at this point, at least) but tannic acid from the surrounding trees. The trail continues along the bank, then turns right, up the hill. Be careful to follow the blazes, as errant hikers have carved a path that could easily pass for a trail.
From here the trail climbs to a ridge, which it follows back to a point on the road to the parking area. Turn right on the road and continue to the parking area.