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.
This project includes the continuation of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the North Oconee River running south from Dudley Park. The trail will allow for pedestrian and bicyclist alike to further participate in activities or commuting 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 or future trail construction. The project will include educational and informational signage near Historic Easley's Mill, overlooks to the river, and a connection to the Oak/Oconee Street Park-and-Ride lot.