PLEASE NOTE: Urban Explorers of Atlanta is not affiliated with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. or the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. We are an independent tour company that has been leading tours throughout the Atlanta area since 2014. Since inception, we have been strong advocates for the Beltline project. We recommend the tours offered by the Atlanta Beltline and its partner organizations. We also encourage everyone to support the Beltline by volunteering or becoming a member if you are in a position to do so. Thank you.
Atlanta's Historic Belt Lines
The Atlanta Beltline is a redevelopment and transit infrastructure project that will utilize 22 miles of mostly abandoned rail lines that encircle the City of Atlanta. Built by several different railroad companies between 1871 and 1908, these "belt lines" include former main line segments, various belt line connections, and, on the north side of town, still-active mainline tracks.
ExploreATL offers guided tours of the various neighborhoods that are located along Atlanta's historic belt lines. We run public tours throughout the year, such as our Subarea Bike Tours described below. We also offer private tours (bike, walking or motor coach) for any type of group or organization. If you are interested in a more personalized approach please take a look at our Consulting Services.
One of the things that makes our tours unique is that they focus on the past, the present and the future. You will learn about the history of the area as well as current and future developments such as real estate, transit-oriented development development, etc.
Sub-Area Bike Tours
If you really want to get a feel for Atlanta's neighborhoods, please consider our Subarea Bike Tours...
- We offer ten (10) separate bike tours that correspond with the ten sub-areas that make up the Atlanta Beltline Master Planning Area
- Each tour is approximately three hours and covers 10 - 15 miles
- Group size is limited to 12 riders
- We typically stop for lunch at the end of our tours to debrief, socialize, etc.
- Here is a sample route map
- Ideal for those who really want to get to know the 45 historic neighborhoods that are located within the master planning area
- We focus on the built environment, history, trails, transit plans and parks
- We discuss and visit proposed access points, transit stops, transit connections and key development nodes
- Tours are designed and led by Steve Saenz
Through it all, whether active or abandoned, the belt line railroads remained witness to the overlapping changes of Atlanta's history., acting as barriers that supported segregation, as political boundaries that defined constituent allegiances and as conduits for remnant industry and infrastructure. As belt line trains became less frequent and their adjacent land sat idle or abandoned, the tracks took on a more passive role in the life of the city.They were connecting routes for homeless and other forgotten people. They were hangouts for drug addicts and kids escaping their parents' supervision.For visionaries who were so inclined, they became an inspired structure for new ideas about the city's future. As in most of urban America, things may have looked bleak, but the stage was being set for a new kind of city to emerge. — Ryan Gravel, Beltline Visionary & Author of Where We Want to Live