East Broad St- Original Terminus to Old Winterville Rd
The Athens Firefly Trail begins in the heart of downtown Athens at the site of the original terminus of the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad on East Broad St. The trail passes over the North Oconee River before entering Dudley Park and soaring over Trail Creek. The Firefly then follows the historic railbed to continue toward Old Winterville Rd.
Old Winterville Road to Hancock Road
Built as the second phase of the Firefly Trail in Athens this section connects Old Winterville Rd to Hancock Rd following the railbed of the Athens Branch. Parking is available at the Oconee St Park and Ride at 1330 Oconee St and Mon - Fri after 5PM and all day weekends at the Streets and Drainage Division Building 605 Spring Valley Rd.
Hancock Road to Downtown Winterville
See the Park Planning Firefly information page for more information about this upcoming section.
Downtown Winterville to Clarke County Line
This one and a half mile section of trail parallels Main St. in downtown Winterville from Athens Ln to the Athens-Clarke County line. In the center of this stretch of trail users will find the historic Winterville Train Depot, the Winterville Library, and easy access to Pittard Park.
This multi-use paved trail is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any other non-motorized modes of transportation.
East Broad Street Trailhead- terminus of historical rail line
|790 East Broad St||NO||NO|
|Dudley Park Access
Intersects the North Oconee River Greenway Trail
|1170 E. Broad St or
286 S. Poplar St
|Poplar St and Peter St Access
Ramp up from Poplar St/Stairs from Peter St
|470 Oconee St||NO||NO
|Inglewood Ave Access||133 Inglewood Ave||NO||NO
|Old Winterville Rd||107 Old Winterville Road||NO||NO
|Oconee St Park and Ride||1330 Oconee St||YES||NO|
|Winterville Road Access||1299 Winterville Rd||NO||
|Hancock Road Access||605 Spring Valley Rd||YES||NO|
|Downtown Winterville Access||Inez Edwards Plaza||YES||NO|
With dozens of shops, eateries, venues, and landmarks Downtown Athens has something for almost anyone all within easy walking distance of the East Broad St. trailhead of the Firefly Trail.
The Athens Transit Multi Modal Center is conveniently located at 775 East Broad St. across the street from the trailhead. Visit ACCGov.com/transit to find the nearest route.
North Oconee River Trail
University of Georgia
Dudley Park is a 32-acre park nestled in the confluence of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River, just a short walk from downtown Athens and the University of Georgia.
It's a great spot for a picnic lunch on the grass or to listen to the babbling Trail Creek as it runs under the lower park bridge. Dedicated in 1953 to Alonzo Gordon Dudley, who governed Athens from 1926-1935 and 1938-1939, Dudley park features majestic hardwoods, open fields, several picnic areas, and connections to multiple trails.
Beautiful Downtown Winterville sits astride the Firefly Trais as it follows Main St. to the county line. With many different places to find a bite to eat, shop, and relax Winterville makes a great stop on the Firefly just as it was on the Georgia Railroad. Surrounding Inez Edwards Plaza users will find Winterville City Hall, the local library, a historic train depot, and Pittard Park.