Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum

Take A Unique Natural Journey Through Atlanta’s Living Past, Present, and Future

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is a dynamic natural space that offers a unique glimpse into the horticultural history of the city. This 22-mile long linear expanse can be enjoyed in many ways, but the most fulfilling experience is provided by the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour, guided by Trees Atlanta Docents.

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What is the Atlanta BeltLine?

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive revitalization effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.

What is Trees Atlanta?

Trees Atlanta is a vital partner in the Atlanta BeltLine project. Established in 1985, Trees Atlanta is one of the city’s most widely respected volunteer organizations, and it seeks to protect and improve Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. With more than 96,000 trees planted and distributed (and counting!), Trees Atlanta is Atlanta’s resource for good tree stewardship, smart growth, and overall conservation.

What is the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum?

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will evolve into a twenty-two mile long horticultural collection. This one-of-a-kind linear expanse provides neighborhood connectivity along the Atlanta BeltLine, while showcasing unique natural characteristics within each community. Neighborhoods near the Arboretum will be identifiable by the surrounding trees, and visitors will be able to develop a better appreciate for the value of trees in an urban environment. The exact number of trees planted will depend on space available, but the conceptual plan proposes several thousand trees. The Arboretum will be built over the next two decades.

Experience the Atlanta BeltLine and the Wonder of its Arboretum

Enjoy fresh air, new city views, fascinating Atlanta history, and every season of horticulture interest! Register for an Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour and walk the Atlanta BeltLine with an expertly-trained Trees Atlanta Docent! These walking tours explore the Eastside Trail, focusing on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the Atlanta BeltLine. A walking tour of the Atlanta BeltLine is the best way to see the progress firsthand and be active at the same time! Come walk with us!

What is the Walking Tour?

The walking tour (register here) takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily-accessible trailhead in the Inman Park neighborhood at 9:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each docent prepares their own unique talking points to spotlight the native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and much more. Be sure to take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered all year so you can experience every season of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expert docent.

See the video below, courtesy of Atlanta Channel 26:

video of walking tourBeltline Walking Tour from ATL26 on Vimeo.

Don’t Just Take the Tour – Become a Trees Atlanta Docent!

Trees Atlanta would love to train you to become a Docent for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tours! Docents are volunteer educators who undergo intensive training to further the public’s understanding of cultural and historical collections unique to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. With the help of Kaiser Permanente, Trees Atlanta launched the Docent Program in 2012 with its first group of energetic Docents! 

Docents for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour are volunteers who are passionate and specially trained to guide tours or lead projects within the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. They introduce visitors to all facets of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, including the origins, beauty, and importance of native plants. Docents interact directly with the general public about the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.

To become a Docent, applicants should:

  • Be a Trees Atlanta member
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Commit to leading two tours or projects per month
  • Have some prior level of horticulture knowledge (preferred)

Training includes personal instruction from area experts on horticulture collections of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, history and design of the Atlanta BeltLine, and much more!

To participate in the  training program, please contact Kate Baltzell to learn when the next training session commences, and to answer any questions you may have.

Docent training takes place at:

Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
225 Chester AveAtlanta, GA 30316

For information and registration, contact:

Kate Baltzell
Education Coordinator
[email protected]
(404) 681-4897


Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for helping to make the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent Program possible.