Trails at Dudley Park
Bring your hiking boots, running shoes, or your bike to Dudley Park and hit the trails. Just over a mile of paved multi-use trails inside the park connect to three legs of the Greenway Network including the Firefly Trail and the Northern and Southern legs of the North Oconee River Greenway. The trails are laid out over easy to moderate terrain and good for hikers, walkers, and bikers of all ages and abilities!
All trails are free to use. Bicycles must be kept on paved pathways and dogs must be leashed at all times. All park rules apply.
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|Trail Length: 0.25 miles (currently open)|
Trail Width: 14 ft.
Trailheads: 800 E. Broad Street
Restrooms Along Trail: No Restrooms in Park
Amenities Along Trail: Fishing, North Oconee River Greenway
Connecting Trails: North Oconee River Greenway-North; North Oconee River Greenway-South
The Firefly Trail is a 39-mile rail-to-trail planned to connect Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene counties from Athens to Union Point. The historic rail line, known as the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad, branched off the still-active Augusta-to-Atlanta line in Union Point and passed through the towns of Woodville, Maxeys, Stephens, Crawford, Arnoldsville and Winterville on its way to Athens.
Working in cooperation with Firefly Trail, Inc., Athens-Clarke County's Leisure Services completed and opened the first quarter-mile of this improved surface trail on October 20, 2017. Starting at 800 East Broad Street the trail follows the historic Georgia Railroad corridor across the North Oconee River into Dudley Park. An additional 0.75 miles of trail between Dudley Park and the intersection of Old Winterville Road and Little Oak Street is under construction and will open in 2018.
|Trail Length: 3.95 miles|
Trail Width: 10-12 ft.
Trailhead: Broad St. Parking
Restrooms Along Trail: Sandy Creek Nature Center (Mile 4)
Amenities Along Trail: Fishing
Connecting Trails:Sandy Creek Nature Center Trails; Cook's Trail
The North Oconee River Greenway-North begins at the Broad St. Parking for Dudley Park making a first crossing of the North Oconee River at Broad Street. Travelling alongside Willow Street, the Greenway offers several spectacular views of the North Oconee River and a connection to one of our Riverside Parks before turning down Elizabeth Street and once again crossing the North Oconee River on College Avenue. At the corner of College Avenue and MLK, Jr. Parkway, a small parking area provides one of the trail's most popular trailheads as the trail turns to follow the edge of the North Oconee River North passing underneath the Athens Perimeter. Shortly thereafter the trail crosses Sandy Creek as it enters Sandy Creek Nature Center's property.