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Noonday Creek Trail, Woodstock
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Trail Length: 3.2 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Our rating: Moderate
Features: stream, scenic, paved, handicapped, family Your rating:
Usage: Medium Added on: May 31, 2015
Last hiked: May 30, 2015 Updated on: June 04, 2015
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Although this 3.2 mile round-trip trail is open for running, biking and walking, the excursion is definitely one of the most dog-friendly hikes in the Atlanta area. Roughly halfway through the trail is an easily accessible dog park across Noonday Creek via a scenic bridge over Noonday Creek that is a must-see. A second Noonday Creek trail exists in Cobb County.

Noonday Creek is a multi-use trail that is "well-benched" and is part of the Woodstock "Greenprints" trail system currently under development.

History

The name Noonday Creek is familiar to Civil War buffs for a series of skirmishes that occurred in Cobb County over a two-week period before the battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The creek also made history when it overflowed its banks in 2009 following heavy rains over several days and flooded most of area near I-575, Exit 6.

Noonday Creek Trail description

The trail drops at an easy pace as it enters the Noonday Creek River Valley west of the end of Elm Street in old downtown Woodstock. At 0.2 miles a side trail comes off that leads up to some apartments. After the side trail the Noonday Creek Trail turns right and drops at an easy-to-moderate pace to the creek, which the trail joins at 0.5 miles. The trail now runs adjacent to Noonday Creek, which is on your right but is rarely visible. For the rest of the hike there is almost no elevation change.

At 0.7 miles the bridge to "Woofstock" Dog Park crosses the trail, a good 20 feet off the ground at this point. The entrance to the bridge is a few steps down and on the left. Climb to a wonderful scenic view of the creek and nearby areas and take a few minutes to enjoy the serene setting. For dog-lovers who bring their "best friend" along, take a few minutes to walk down the trail to the dog park and let them play. If you decide not to go to the dog park take 0.2 miles off the length of the walk.

After the entrance to the bridge the trail makes an easy turn to the left and follows the creek under the Dupree Road overpass. As the multi-use path curves right following the overpass the trail opens up to the floodplain of Noonday Creek. Shortly after the curve the 1.0 mile marker is on the right. The last 0.5 miles takes hikers to Highway 92 where the trail bears left and begins an easy climb to Highway 92 near Moe's and Firehouse Subs. There is no trail parking on the south end.



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