Windward Wonders

April 25th, 2011 | In Run Reviews

For those of you that live near Windward Parkway in Alpharetta (OTP), you have quite a gem when it comes to places to run.  Windward Parkway is located off Exit 11 on GA 400 in Alpharetta.  It stretches from McGinnis Ferry to Highway 9, and into residential areas where the name of the road changes.

Why is Windward such a wonderful gem?

In the wee hours of the morning and early on weekends, there is very little traffic for running in the street.  Sidewalks also traverse the length of Windward.  There are also business complexes and residential subdivision large enough to get at least a 2+ mile loop.  And of course, it is “hillatious” – hills make us strong!!

Where do you start?

I normally start from the Starbucks, but many runners start from Big Peach Running Co., especially on the weekends.

What about the routes?

The 4.8 mile loop

Start from Starbucks and head NW on Windward Parkway
Continue on Windward Parkway past entrance to 400 N (this is a nice incline from Starbucks all the way to 400)
Stop at Highway 9 and loop back to Starbucks

The 2.4 mile loop

Start from Starbucks and head SE on Windward Parkway to the first traffic light, Windward Concourse
Take Windward Concourse to the end and circle the round about
On the way back up make a right on Alderman
Alderman will cross back over Windward and loop around the back of Starbucks, Windward Plaza, to the corner of Windward Parkway and Windward Concourse

The 5.5 mile loop*

Start from Starbucks and head SE on Windward Parkway
Continue on Windward Parkway to McGinnis Ferry road (dead end)
Make a right onto McGinnis Ferry and another right at the first light, Douglas Road
The first right you can make off Douglas is Clubhouse Drive
Run through the subdivision and be ready for the hills
At the first light, Windward Parkway, make a left
Take Windward Parkway back to Starbucks

*The link to the route stops at McGinnis, so please follow the directions above.

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