Firefly Trail - Hancock Road to Downtown Winterville
This project is the final piece of the Firefly Trail within Athens-Clarke County limits. This connection starts at Hancock Road and traverses mostly along the original railroad bed. It follows along Spring Valley Road until turning towards Winterville at the intersection of Athens Road and N Main Street.
This project includes the establishment of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor within the city limits of Winterville between Moores Grove Road and the Athens-Clarke County Line. The trail will allow for pedestrian and bicyclist alike to safely participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity. This project includes design, engineering, and right of way acquisition in preparation for immediate trail construction.
Public input was received via online survey. See the results!
For more information visit the TSPLOST Project 6 page, or Firefly Trail page
Location: Between Hancock Road and the Downtown Winterville Segment
Funding Source: TSPLOST 2018
An online public meeting took place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Miss the meeting? Not a worry - view the recording.
Two informational drop-in sessions took place:
Pittard Park (main picnic shelter), 115 Parkview Road, Winterville
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Alternate Routes Opinion of Probable Construction Costs
Online Public Meeting from December 1, 2020 (below)
Online public meeting (below)
There were also 2 in-person public meetings regarding the preliminary plan:
Saturday, August 22, 2020 & Thursday, August 27 - Pittard Park in Winterville
- What is the Firefly Trail?
- What is a rail-trail?
- Which communities will the Firefly Trail connect?
- What benefits do trails provide?
- What is the status of trail development?
- What is the history of the Athens Branch?
- Is the corridor intact?
- What about crossing Trail Creek?
- How much will it cost to build the Firefly Trail?
- Where will the money come from to build it?
- Are other trails proposed for Northeast Georgia?
- How can I help?