Take A Terrifying Hike Along Doll’s Head Trail, An Eerie Walking Path In Georgia

Everyone loves a good hike through the beautiful state of Georgia, right? Stretching your legs, breathing in the fresh air, admiring all the doll heads scattered throughout the path….oh wait, that last one isn’t part of the Georgia hiking norm. However, at this spooky hiking trail in Georgia, you’ll find nothing but nature and extremely creepy doll parts. It’s called Doll’s Head Trail (what else would it be called?!) and it’s located in Constitution Lakes Park outside of Downtown Atlanta.

Constitution Lakes formed after the South River Brick Company stopped digging up the famous Georgia clay they were using to fire their bricks. Nature soon overtook the land, and the brickwork’s clay pits filled with rain creating a system of man-made ponds.

In 2003, DeKalb County purchased the property and began constructing paved hiking trails and boardwalks around the ponds. The land eventually turned into a 125-acre nature preserve.

Doll’s Head Trail though, was not something DeKalb County created, but instead was the work of local carpenter named Joel Slaton. It started with his vision of an art project created from discarded doll parts and other trash that was littered around the site.

Upon first visiting the trail, it seems like a regular hiking path, right?

That is until you stumble upon the random doll parts…

Eventually, Slaton encouraged other visitors to contribute their own found art as well. Since then, the parts and pieces have been rolling in. Although primarily doll heads, the trail also includes bottle creations, random collages, truck part tableaus and decorated bricks. If you like exploring scary places in Georgia, add this to your list!

Although extremely frightening to say the least, what’s unique about this trail is that every part donated must be found inside of the park. You can’t simply buy a doll from the local toy store, pop the head off, and submit it to the trail. It’s a form of repurposing the trash that litters the park into something strangely special.

Although I’m not sure if I can hike this trail at night (nightmares will commence), I can certainly appreciate the fact that because of this particularly frightening trail trash isn’t being left on the ground, but is instead being turned into something special. (Special, and at times, quite beautiful…)

Have you ever been to Doll’s Head Trail, a spooky hiking trail in Georgia? What are your favorite spooky attractions in Georgia?

If you’re looking for some less eerie hiking trails in Georgia, visit these 19 epic walking paths.

Address: Doll's Head Trail, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
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November 30, 2019

What are the scariest places in Georgia?

There are so many scary places in Georgia. Colonial Park Cemetery, located in Savannah, will definitely give you nightmares. Many of the headstones date back before the Civil War, so it’s loaded with history. Some say the spirits are restless and can often be heard rustling through the grounds. Be careful — rumor has it, there’s a decapitated ghost who floats above the tombstones at night. To learn more about Georgia’s most haunted graveyards, read our article here.

Does Georgia have any haunted places?

If you like visiting spooky attractions in Georgia, there are so many places to go. Madison Square in Savannah looks like an idyllic getaway, but it’s actually full of paranormal activity. It was formerly the site of a Revolutionary War battle, and British soldiers were buried here. Take a haunted walking tour through the city to learn all about it. The tales will send chills down your spine. To learn more about scary places in Georgia, check out these 12 haunted places.

What are the best hiking trails in Georgia?

Tallulah Gorge State Park is home to some of the most exquisite hiking trails in Georgia. Whether you’re looking for a short and easy stroll or a long and strenuous hike, you’ll find a path that suits your needs. Be sure to get a good view of the nearby Tallulah Falls. This sight is positively magnificent. Sweetwater Creek State Park also has a lovely hiking trail. This easy stroll takes you right by New Manchester Mill. You’ll love every minute of this peaceful journey!

Address: Doll's Head Trail, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA