The Leisure Services Department hosted a dedication ceremony and opened the newly completed
Athens-Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail on Friday, October 16.
This newly completed portion is approximately 1.5 miles long and located in the City of Winterville’s historic Main Street.
This project includes the establishment of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor between Athens Road and the Athens-Clarke/Oglethorpe County line. The trail will allow for pedestrians and bicyclists alike to safely participate in biking, jogging, and walking activities. Athens-Clarke County is continuing to expand pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail network between downtown Athens and the City of Winterville.
The expanded vision of Firefly Trail is a planned 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point in Northeast Georgia, connecting Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties. 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.
For more information on the Firefly Trail, please call 706-613-3801.