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ACC Leisure Services Department to Dedicate Firefly Trail

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Members of the community are invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the newly completed section of the trail, hosted by the ACC Leisure Services Department. Those attending will meet at the Firefly Trailhead on East Broad Street near Pottery Street. Firefly Trail Incorporated President Mark Ralston says the full trail, once completed, will stretch 39 miles from downtown Athens to downtown Union Point.

This is just the very first piece of the total trail,” Ralston said. “It’ll be about two-tenths to three-tenths of a mile long, just from East Broad Street to Dudley Park, which spans the North Oconee River, so it’s really the most technically challenging part of the trails.”

Funding needed to finish the trail is included in the list of 2018 TSPLOST projects.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring a bicycle and helmet to take part in the inaugural ride. Attendees will assemble at the Firefly Trailhead on East Broad Street, near Pottery Street.   Parking is available at Dudley Park (limited) and the Classic Center Parking Deck.

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.

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