Riding Around Atlanta Episode 3 – Roswell to Dunwoody

*This route is for experienced riders.  There are several short stretches with traffic.

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Riding around Atlanta

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Dunwoody, a few miles southeast of Downtown Roswell.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long.


This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 10 miles long and has around 625 feet of climbing with a net loss of 50ft; slightly downhill on the way there.  It should take less than an hour of total time at an average speed of 12-13mph.  We try to avoid Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. for the most part by taking you through a nice park just east of GA400 south of the Chattahoochee river.

Leg 1 – Crossing the river

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St., head east on Norcross St.  Go across Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. and ride about 1 mile until you arrive at the traffic circle.  Once at the traffic circle take the first exit to the right.  Once on Grimes Bridge Rd. you will go down a long hill then climb a nice 0.4 mile stretch to descend again to the stop light that intersects with Dogwood Rd.  Take a right onto Dogwood Rd and continue straight for about 1.5 miles until you reach the intersection of Hwy 9 and Riverside Rd.  Turn left onto the Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. bridge and cross the river with caution.  This bridge will be the part with the most traffic during the ride.

Leg 2 – Under GA400 to the east side

Once you cross the Chattahoochee river you will take a quick left onto Roberts Dr.  CAUTION!  You will most likely be on the right lane of Roswell Rd. after crossing the bridge and will have to cut through 2 lanes of traffic to get to the turning lane.  Once on Roberts Drive you’ll ride some rolling hills until you get to Island Ford Pkwy.  Keep an eye out for it since it’s not an ordinary intersection and sort of hidden.  You will notice that this Pkwy has a gate keeping cars from entering.  You’ll have to ride around the gate to get in.  Island Ford Pkwy takes you through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area which is very nice.  It has a big hill to climb out of, but it is worth the ride.  Once getting to the top of the hill after the lake you will notice a road going off to the right. Take this road and go around a second gate to get out of Island Ford Pkwy.

Leg 3 – Chattahoochee Nat. Rec Area to Dunwoody

Once out of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area you will be riding on Northridge Rd.  This is basically the Eastern end of Exit 6 on GA400.  Ride approximately 0.8 miles and across a roundabout until you get to the Roberts Dr. and Northridge intersection.  At that point you will see the exit to GA400 North to your right.  Turn left onto Roberts Dr.  Once on Roberts Dr. you will continue it for about 1.7 miles crossing Spalding Dr. until you arrive at the Dunwoody Village.

Congrats! You’ve made it to Dunwoody from Roswell.  Now it’s time to check what Dunwoody has to offer 😊

What to See:

  • Brook Run Park
  • Treetop Quest Dunwoody
  • Dunwoody Nature Center
  • Spruill Center for the Arts
  • Village Burger
  • Carbonara Trattoria
  • Old Hickory House

Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.