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.