Firefly Trail Dedication:
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department hosted a dedication ceremony and opened the newly completed Athens-Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail on Friday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Attendees will assembled at the Firefly Trailhead on East Broad Street, near Pottery Street and walked the newly completed portion of the trail.
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 establishment of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor between East Broad Street and the intersection of Old Winterville Road and Little Oak Street. 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. This project includes design, engineering, and right of way acquisition in preparation for immediate or future trail construction. The project will include three bridges along the trail corridor with educational and informational signage.