When Winston asked me what my favourite city trail was, Constitution Lakes instantly came to mind. Located inside the Atlanta city limits, Constitution Lakes is a pocket of nature that easily makes you forget skyscrapers, terrible traffic, and day jobs are just a few miles away.
I typically have a rule against revisiting hiking trails, but it was hard to pass up the opportunity to see a local favourite. Besides, I had never seen Constitution Lakes in the fall, before.
It was well worth the exception. In fact, I think I may have to revise my rule to just not repeat hiking trails in a specific season. I hardy recognised the bug-infested swamps I had trekked in the summer of 2016.
I know it looks pretty dark and dreary to start with, but it gets brighter, I promise. Since this was supposed to be a social trip, and not an opportunity to make another travel post (happened anyway though, eh?), I didn’t take as many photos as I usually would.
Even so, the ones I did get — in spite of Mother Nature’s insistence on complete cloud cover — weren’t half bad.
This was my final Georgia hike before winter came early in the south, so I’d say it was a good ending to that fall hiking season, where fiery leaves battle with the evergreens of Atlanta for a chance in the limelight.
If you’re ever in the Atlanta area, and looking for a city trail that gives a real taste of nature, with very few other human faces around, this is probably your best bet.
From the swamps…
To the boardwalks…
…and the strange artwork.
— you won’t find another trail like this one inside the ATL perimeter! What are the trails like in your city? 🤔