the best spot along the atlanta beltline eastside trail

The Eastside Trail, in the space where North Highland Avenue and Historic Fourth Ward Park entrances meet, holds a hidden gem that is one of the best spots along the Atlanta Beltline. 

And what is this hidden gem I speak of?

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This underpass.

Yes, an underpass that sits below Freedom Parkway is the best spot along the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail and here's why.

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The graffiti

the walls and ramp of this underpass are covered in graffiti--and it's constantly changing with new tags and street art. There's also a large art installation as part of Art on the Beltline that changes yearly. If you look closely, you'll even spot a tiny door ATL that calls the underpass home.

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The people watching

This portion of the Atlanta Beltline is heavily trafficked, so there are always people flowing through. even amidst all the bustle as people walk, bike and run by, I find a certain comfort in the chaos. it's a popular spot for selfies and photos, too.

The entertainment

Oftentimes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you’ll hear the sounds of entertainers young and old practicing their craft under the overpass. Guitars, drums, saxophones—and even buckets—are used in these mini-concerts. I like to stop, take a seat on the graffiti-covered ramp and enjoy the music. 

Next time you're out walking the Eastside Trail, take a break and enjoy this unlikely gathering space.

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