May 24, 2010

For immediate release

Rail-Trail dedication set for June 5

The first 3.5-mile section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail officially opens Saturday, June 5, with a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony at the White Oak Post Office just north of Woodbine on Hwy. 17.

To celebrate the opening, Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails and Camden County are inviting trail lovers of all ages to come out and explore the trail, on foot or bicycle. Bicycles will be available free of charge, courtesy of Monkeywrench Bicycles of St. Simons Island and Camden Bicycle Center of St. Marys, or you can bring your own for the inaugural ride.

The dedication is an approved event of National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to enter the National Trails Day coloring contest for a chance to win an outdoor prize pack from The North Face and have their artwork featured in American Hiker magazine.

Trail mix and bottled water will be provided free to attendees.

This initial section of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail extends both north and south from White Oak. It is the first part of a planned 68-mile trail to be built on an abandoned CSX railroad bed running from Kingsland to Riceboro. The trail will run across marshes, maritime forests, and 43 rivers and creeks in Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Liberty counties.

The trail is 10-feet wide with a hard-packed surface. On this section, the trail was constructed with finely crushed concrete reclaimed from I-95. The surface accommodates walkers, runners, and bikers - everything except skates, road bikes, or motorized vehicles. Equestrians can ride on the grassy area alongside the trail.

Amenities along the White Oak stretch include a picnic shelter, benches, and restroom facilities. At the trailhead in front of the post office, parking has been improved to accommodate more visitors.

Visitors to the dedication will be able to join Coastal Georgia Rails to Trails Inc., the organization developing the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail. To track progress on the trail and learn of other planned activities, go to www.georgiacoastrailtrail.org.

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Contact:

Leslie Lamkin, 912.638.9053

leslie@lamkinpr.com