Trust me: You’ve never been on a hike with such a spooky scene. If the name didn’t give it away, it’s exactly how it sounds — This Atlanta trail is lined with terrifying, rotting doll heads.
Doll’s Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park
Dekalb County, Georgia purchased what was once an abandoned area in 2003 and filled it with trails and boardwalks for the public to explore. The trail decor full of dolls was an addition created by Joel Slaton, a local carpenter who saw potential in all of the old junk that was laying around Constitution Lakes Park, a protected nature preserve. So while it might seem like it’s straight out of a horror film, it actually served an important function for the area.
Hikers are able to create their own creepy art pieces as well, as long as they use other “found objects” in the park. There are plenty of old doll parts, bricks from the old 19th-century brick factory that used to be onsite, and more. If you are at all interested in picking up a rotting, discarded doll and fashioning it to a decaying appliance for a rather unsettling art project, there you go.
So while the scene along the hiking trail can be somewhat unsettling, it’s also pretty interesting that they were able to clean up the site and turn it into a spooky art exhibit of sorts. How many cities can claim that? As long as you go in the daylight hours with other people around, it’s definitely worth the visit.
How Long Is Atlanta’s Doll’s Head Trail?
To stop at one of the most quirky hikes you’ll ever go on, you’ll head to 1305 South River Industrial Boulevard at the intersection of Moreland Avenue. A gravel parking lot awaits you (Don’t worry if it’s empty…) before venturing down the paved trail to start. Soon, you’ll stumble on the two-and-a-half-mile loop that’ll be hard to miss.
Just make sure you bring a friend! That is, unless you’re brave enough to face your fears and little dolls on the Doll’s Head Trail completely alone…