Getting away for a few hours and finding a quiet trail or location is what all of us need sometimes. In Georgia, we have many of these spots, you just have to know where to find them. It is even better when you find ones that lead you to creaky bridges and abandoned structures. Lullwater Park is the destination here.
Lullwater Park at Emory University is one of those feel-good trails. You know, like the ones that don't make you sweat to death and feel like you want to quit the entire time.
The trail here is all paved, so you know you will not be having to climb over gigantic limbs or get a ton of rocks in your shoe.
This trail is a loop (only the best ones are loops) coming out at a 2.4-mile round trip. It is also dog-friendly, and it always more fun to bring your four-legged bestie on your adventures.
During your walk, you will be covered by tree canopies and it will make you feel like you are hundreds of miles away from Atlanta, which is what we all need from time to time, am I right?
Candler Lake is the stream that you will hear running through this park, which you will see as you get further along your trip. This lake also used to be the main electricity source for the estate that used to sit on this property.
One of the reasons many people even choose to go to this park is because of the abandoned powerhouse that was used to help provide electricity to the Lullwater Estate, according to Atlanta Trails.
The powerhouse is a tall octagon shaped, brick building, very out of the ordinary that you can't miss. It was built in the 1920s and it is now covered in vines and some graffiti, but still very cool.
To actually get to the structure, you have to cross a steel and wood span bridge. It gives you even more of an adventure.
This part of the trail kind of takes you to another world. It is very different from other trails, so be sure to take your time to take it all in.
Around this area, you can expect to see little waterfalls that splash into the running lake that you can hear throughout your trail walk.
Make sure you go on a nice day where you have a couple of hours to kill or you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do.
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Hiking at Lullwater Park
Address: 1463 Clifton Rd, Decatur, GA 30033.
Why you need to go: The 2.4-mile round trip hike is dog-friendly, and it leads you to an abandoned powerhouse.