In Atlanta, it is sometimes hard to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Locals are always trying to find ways to unwind without having a bunch of people around them at all times. Just down the road from the city is the perfect place to do that. East Palisades Trail has many beautiful features and trails to it, but the coolest feature has to be the bamboo forest.

This trail encompasses the Chattahoochee River, so as you make your way to the forest, you can hear the water running through the trail to put your mind at ease.

As you follow the trail, you will run right into this magical bamboo forest everyone has raved about.

You are taken into a different world as you walk through the stalks of towering bamboo. Some even say it is straight out of a movie! Who would have thought this was right down the road from central Atlanta? 

Bamboo is not common in Georgia, but this bamboo forest is an introduced nonnative invasive species. 

Bamboo is seen as calming, and that is exactly what you will feel. Honestly, you could spend hours just in this part of the trail alone.

How you take in this beauty is up to you, but most people take their time walking through this part of the trail. 

You can also have your picnic in this scenic forest, and take some photos while you are at it.

Atlanta Trails says that these stalks are up to 30 feet tall, so this can also be a cool, break that you can take while you are hiking through this trail.

The trail is free to hike (the views are free as well). It is open from 5:30 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, so you have plenty of time to take in the beautiful views.

It is located at 1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.