Rail-Trail News

VOLUME 3 / ISSUE 3: May  2012

 

Newly paved Woodbine section having major impact

 

Dedication scheduled for June 2

 

The concrete went down earlier this year on the Liza Rudolph section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail south of Woodbine. The impact on the trail and the community was immediate.

 

“Since expanding the trail to the south, we’ve seen people who have previously not used it begin to come out,” says Woodbine Mayor Steve Parrott, a member of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail board. “Just that 1.25 miles of concrete is really drawing people in. People who haven’t ridden bikes in years are getting on the trail.”

 

Parrott notes that if bikers do a complete loop, they’ve done almost six miles of concrete – “a good workout for someone who hasn’t biked in a while.”

 

June 2: Your ticket to ride

The 1.25-mile section of former railroad bed became part of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail on June 4, 2011, in celebration of American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. At that time, the unfinished terrain was opened up to hikers and mountain bikers.

 

 

 

Now that concrete has been laid, the section will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, the 2012 National Trails Day.

 

Bring your bike and explore the trail! Bicycles will also be available for use free of charge from Camden Bicycle Center and Monkeywrench Bicycles.

 

A big thank-you to all of the organizations that volunteered time, money, or services to make the improvements happen, including the PATH Foundation, City of Woodbine, Camden County, Camden Community Alliance & Resources, and Cumberland Land Surveyors!

 

A true community center

The paving of the new section has opened up the trail and its amenities to residents of the Liza Rudolph Community. Besides concrete and grassy shoulders, rustic benches and bluebird houses make the trail an inviting place to “hang out.”
 

The trail in Woodbine was built by the city several years ago and has become a de facto community center, hosting the Woodbine Crawfish Festival, the Woodbine Women’s Club Jazz & Arts Festival, and the Halloween “Trunk or Treat” for kids, among other annual events.

 

Trail gets $100,000 grant

The city of Woodbine has landed a $100,000 grant as part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recreational trails program. The Georgia Coast Rail-Trail added $4,000 to the total.

 

The funds will be used to upgrade the Liza Rudolph section of the trail, including trailhead amenities such as parking, bike racks, restrooms, and a vending kiosk for bike repairs.

 

Mayor Steve Parrott says construction will start on the amenities in late summer.

 

Funding for the grants comes from the Federal Highway Administration.

 

Run for the Rail-Trail

 

The Golden Isles Track Club generously plans to share a portion of the proceeds from their Independence Day race with the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail again this year.

 

You can help raise money to build the Rail-Trail by running (or walking) the Track Club’s Sunshine Festival 5K/1Mile Race on St. Simons Island Wednesday, July 4, at 7:30 a.m., in Mallery Park.

 

Get your race application at www.goldenislestrackclub.com.

Quick Fact

May is National Bike Month.

 

Celebrate by pedaling along the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail!

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Georgia Coast Rail-Trail Inc.

P.O. Box 3238

Brunswick, GA 31521

REMINDER

 

The Georgia Coast Rail-Trail is being built on an abandoned CSX railroad bed running from Kingsland to Riceboro. The 10-foot-wide trail will run across marshes, maritime forests, and 43 rivers and creeks in Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Liberty counties.

 

Please walk or cycle only the 6.25 miles of open trail in White Oak and Woodbine.  Other segments of the former railroad bed are still privately owned.  Thanks!

 

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