In & Around Beautiful Decatur

BikeDeKalb Agnes ScottThis scenic twenty mile loop features beautiful neighborhoods, a historic cemetery established in the 1830’s, a photogenic college campus, a pastoral horse farm, a nature preserve and city parks. The majority of this ride is on low-traffic neighborhood streets with wide shoulders or bike lane and more than 3 miles of a dedicated multi-use path. Because this route intersects major crossings, it is best to roll in the counter clockwise direction set in the RideWithGPS mapping.

That way you can safely bike through busy intersections controlled by traffic lights. While this route offers a few challenging hills, some downhill thrills, for the most part, it’s gently rolling terrain.

Your adventure begins at the Decatur Town Square and roll west. Just two miles in the ride you’ll discover the business district of the Oakhurst neighborhood. This vibrant, diverse neighborhood was established in 1910 and is known for its community events and festivals. The business district feels like a mini-Decatur and features dining options from the hipster coffee and bar scene to fine dining. Resist the temptation to roll quickly through Oakhurst Village – there is much to discover! Pick up a book from one of the Little Free Libraries that dot the neighborhood.

From the eastern border of Oakhurst ride through one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, Agnes Scott College. This all-girls college established in 1889 features 19th century architecture and has hosted more than 30 film and television shoots. When you roll through this picture-perfect campus, you will understand why the movie industry returns again and again.

This route takes you through the quiet residential community of Avondale Estates featuring Tudor style architecture along its main thoroughfare and a scenic lake on the south end of the neighborhood. If you would like to add more miles to your ride, simply meander up and down the many roads of this desirable neighborhood establish in 1924.

Embedded in the midst of suburban growth is a pastoral horse farm. The Little Creek Farm Conservancy is a facility of Dekalb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and is not a typical horse farm. Their mission: To promote the stewardship of Little Creek Farm for equine activities, including educational, environmental and recreational outreach programs for the general public. Through their partner organization, Stride Ahead, they have worked miracles in the lives of people who have suffered with physical, emotional and/or mental challenges. Please enjoy this news clip of one young man’s healing experience with the horses at this farm.

BikeDeKalb AvondaleFrom Little Creek, cross over a busy roadway near a QuickTrip gas station with clean restrooms, hydration and oodles of snack options. Pack your snacks “to go” because the next stop is the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, an idyllic setting for a break. Picnic tables are located just outside the front entrance.

Clyde Shepard Nature Preserve is a 28-acre sanctuary for wildlife, encompassing wetlands, upland forest, and the floodplain of South Peachtree Creek. Bike racks are provided, so lock them up and get lost in the woods for a little while.

Your journey will now lead you through a few neighborhoods until you come to Medlock Ballpark. At certain times of the year, the fields will teem with the sights and sounds of future baseball stars. At the end of the park, connect to a wooded bridge path that will take you above ground and into the forest. This portion of the route is an “up and back” and takes you through a spectacular canopy of trees. At the top of the climb, Mason Mill Park will emerge where you’ll find public restrooms, a community garden and the happy sounds of children playing.

You are now in the home stretch. As you enter the city of Decatur, you will explore the grounds of Glen Lake Park and historic Decatur Cemetery. Roll throughout the park on bikeable paths surrounding the property. Along the southern border of the park next to the parking lot, you’ll find an entrance to the Decatur Cemetery, where cycling is welcome.

It is common to find joggers, families with strollers and cyclists exploring the grounds. The hilly and curving roads that weave through the beautiful grounds of this Decatur landmark make for an interesting and enjoyable ride.

Now that you are back in Decatur, we invite you to find a bike rack, lock up your wheels and explore the unique shops around the square or find a great place to reward yourself with a well-earned meal and libations! We hope you have enjoyed this scenic ride of Decatur and the surrounding area.