Pine Lake is the smallest city in DeKalb county, with a population of about 750 people. At the center of the town is a lovely public park with a lake, along Snapfinger Creek.
There is a walking trail around the lake, as well as a trail along the berm that separates the swimming area from the rest of the lake. East and west of the lake, you can find the Eastern Wetland Trail and Western Wetland Trail.
Address: 4580 Lakeshore Dr, Pine Lake, GA 30083
Cost of admission: None
Governance: City of Pine Lake
Approximate miles of trails: 1
Hours: Dawn to sunset
Miles from downtown Atlanta: 12
MARTA directions: Take the 117 from Avondale Station to Rockbridge Rd@Rowland Rd. Walk north on Poplar Rd. After the road turns to the left, take a right onto Spruce Dr. Walk until you reach the lake at Lakeshore Drive. The walk from the bus stop to the lake is approximately 0.4 miles.
Parking: There is a small parking lot on Lakeshore Drive.
Trailhead(s): The trail is accessible from all along Lakeshore Drive. There is an additional trailhead along Oak Hill Circle, and yet another trailhead (unmarked) on Spruce Drive near Orchid Drive.
Trail surface: The trail on the north side of the lake is paved. The other trails are dirt.
Restrooms (locked when I was there midday on a wintry Saturday)
Gas stations, restaurants, and a Family Dollar are available south of Pine Lake along Rockbridge Rd.