450 Mile Trail System ~ Coastal Georgia

Reception

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Imagine traveling on foot, bicycle or horseback through coastal Georgia, winding through arches of live oak trees on your way to tour one of many historical or recreational sites.

The Coastal Georgia Greenway is envisioned as a 450-mile trail system, which will connect South Carolina to Florida through Georgia’s six coastal counties. This alternative transportation network will link the towns, attractions, recreational sites, historic and cultural sites, waterways and natural habitats of the coast. A series of trails suitable for bicyclists, joggers, equestrians, canoeists, kayakers, and other non-motorized users will be built. The centerpiece of the Coastal Georgia Greenway is a continuous trail connecting South Carolina to Florida as part of the East Coast Greenway along various north-south routes including the U.S. Highway 17 corridor, abandoned rail corridors, and historic canal corridors, from which visitors can sample coastal imagery.Organized in March, 2000 the Coastal Georgia Greenway Steering Committee’s (CGGSC) mission states:

“We are creating an alternative transportation network to connect South Carolina and Florida through coastal Georgia linking historical/cultural centers, waterways, parks, wildlife preserves, lighthouses, and the historic Bartram trail for a unique human experience; to promote development of biking, hiking, equestrian and water trails to allow coastal residents to accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily; and for fostering local and regional economic development. We will also work with local governments to identify and protect open space in the region.”

The Coastal Georgia Greenway is being built by public-private partnerships of local jurisdictions, bike clubs, non-profit organizations and citizens who are cooperating to build the trails.

Georgia Coastal Greenway 2012 Benchmarks

 

STATUS  MILES PERCENTAGE
Trail markers posted

0

0
Designated**

15.48

9.43%
Completed

14.88

9.06%
In construction

6.32

3.85%
In design

20.84

12.70%
In planning

10.75

6.55%
In public control

95.72

58.31%
Trail route defined

0

0
Gap miles

0.17

0.10%
TOTAL ***

164.16

100%

* On-Road: Needs Bicycle Facility Signage & pavement marking

**Includes 9.1 mile Cumberland Sound Ferry

TRAIL TYPE MILES PERCENTAGE

On-road **

15.15

9.23%

Multi-use

70.19

42.76%

Paved shoulder

65.83

40.10%

Other

Bridge

2.93

1.78% *

Ferry

9.52

5.80%

Road Diet

0.54

0.33%

TOTAL

164.16***

100%

DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL BRIDGES

** Note:  if On-road segments were signed and marked, & counting all designated,

completed trails & segments in construction 51.83 miles would be complete and ready for designation:  31.57%

** Includes 9.1 mile Cumberland Sound Ferry & 0.42 mi. Belles Ferry

TOTAL ON-GROUND MILEAGE:  154.64 Mi.