Oconee Rivers Greenway System

The Oconee Rivers Greenway is a linear park system that provides wildlife corridors, a wetland hiking trail, and a family friendly multi-use path for the public's enjoyment. Currently, the Oconee Rivers Greenway System provides 5.1 miles of natural surface hiking only trails and 8 miles of concrete, multi-use trails that are designated for non-motorized use.

The Oconee Rivers Greenway System of trails and wildlife corridors is maintained and opDragonfly Logoerated by the Trails and Open Space staff of the Leisure Services Department.


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  4. Points of Interest +
  5. Wildlife Corridors & Greenspace +

Woman walking with stroller on paved trail

North Oconee River Trail 

This trail winds its way along the North Oconee River from Sandy Creek Nature Center to Bailey St and Carriage Lane. Along the way you will see views of the North Oconee River, North Oconee River Park, Aguar Plaza, and Dudley Park. 

This multi-use paved trail is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any non-motorized modes of transportation.




Multi purpose paved trail through forestEast Campus Connector

This trail is a concrete, multi-use trail that connects the Oconee St Park and Ride Parking Lot near the Loop 10 interchange with the North Oconee River Trail and the UGA campus. It is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any non-motorized modes of transportation.

This SPLOST funded project was completed in 2018 and serves as an important transportation and recreation corridor from the Eastside of Athens to UGA Campus and downtown. 





Cook'Cook’s Trail s Trail (Southern end is closed indefinitely due to flooding)

Cook's Trail is a 4.1 mile natural surface trail that runs between Sandy Creek Nature Center and Sandy Creek Park.  Please be aware that the trail does not loop and may flood during periods of heavy rain. Cook's Trail is open to foot traffic only. Trail heads are located at Sandy Creek Nature Center and Sandy Creek Park.

As you hike on Cook's Trail, you will traverse an extensive swap via winding boardwalks and multiple bridges.  While enjoying the scenery, you can take the 1 mile Oxbow Loop trail. This trail follows the edge of a lovely oxbow lake and presents many opportunities for viewing the wildlife that is unique to this habitat.




Trail Creek TrailTrail Creek Trail

This is a paved multi-use path within Virginia Walker Park, that is approximately one-mile in length and provides opportunities to experience nature in a variety of ways while linking parks, neighborhoods, and points of interest such as a Civil War gun emplacement site. It is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any non-motorized modes of transportation.

The 2005 SPLOST project was designed by W. R Toole Engineers and built by Structural Resources. Additional project funds included a Georgia Department of Transportation and Enhancement grant. 




pulaski heightsPulaski Heights Trail

This is a paved multi-use path, is ¼-mile in length and follows Moore's Branch, a creek draining from Downtown to the North Oconee River. The trail connects from Pulaski Street near the Leathers Building to the intersection of Hull and Hoyt Streets. It is available for use by pedestrians and any non-motorized modes of transportation, including bicycles.

The trail passes through the site of a former rail yard once used by the Southern Railway. The Southern Railway's historic depot is currently occupied by the Athens Community Council on Aging, a partner in the project.  




Paved multi use pathMilledge Extension Trail

Milledge Extension Trail is a 1/4 mile paved multi-use trail that connects Milledge Avenue Extension with South Milledge Avenue. There is a UGA bus stop at the north end of the trail. Per the 2016 Greenway Network Plan, this trail will eventually extend down Macon Highway with a street based connection.

It is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any non-motorized modes of transportation.