Firefly Trail

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Firefly Trail in Athens-Clarke County

Firefly from East Broad St Downtown to Hancock Road

This 2.8 mile paved multi-use trail section of the Firefly begins in Downtown Athens on East Broad Street, just below The Mark housing complex and continues on to it's current end at Hancock Road. Taking pedestrians and cyclists along a historic rail line, this trail has relatively easy grades and takes visitors from Downtown through Dudley Park and beyond Loop 10 towards Winterville, GA. A small detour down through Dudley Park and across Poplar Street will soon be replaced with a beautiful bridge over Trail Creek at the site of a former wooden trestle. Currently, the trail ends at Hancock Road but future development will connect it to the now completed downtown Winterville, GA section. 

Firefly in Downtown Winterville

This 1.6 mile section of paved multi use trail brings visitors from downtown Winterville Five Points an area near the Oglethrope County Line, after passing near the popular Pittard Park. This section of trail also follows easy grades and provides cyclists and pedestrians with a great trail for exercise and taking in the scenery of the friendly City of Winterville. 

Upcoming Expansions

For more on upcoming expansions into Winterville and the Athens-Clarke County line, visit the Park Planning Firefly Trail Expansion webpage.

Project Information
The 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.

The trail will allow for pedestrian and bicyclist alike to further participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity. The project will include three bridges along the trail corridor with educational and informational signage.

Funding for the first phase came from SPLOST 2005 Project #29 page.

For more information on the full 39-mile planned Firefly Trail, visit the Firefly Trail, Inc. website.

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