The Firefly Trail is a 39 mile long multi-use trail project that stretches from downtown Athens Georgia to Union Point, Georgia. The proposed trail follows an abandoned railroad corridor (rail to trail) and provides trail users with a unique experience as it is proposed to pass through the cities of Winterville, Arnoldsville, Crawford, Stephens, Maxeys, and Woodville. The trail corridor itself is gentle in grade and allows for use by people of all ages and abilities.
Athens-Clarke County is pursing development of the trail from downtown Athens through the city of Winterville to the Clarke County line. The Athens-Clarke Citizens Rail to Trail Committee and Athens-Clarke County staff collaborated in making the trail a reality for the community. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax programs (SPLOST) and Federal funding currently support the construction of approximately 1 mile of trail from downtown Athens to Old Winterville Road. The trail will cross the North Oconee River, traverse Dudley Park, and temporarily terminate at Old Winterville Road. This first section of the Firefly Trail is scheduled to be open by December 2017.
Non-profit partners, the City of Winterville, Firefly Inc., and the Athens-Land Trust are teaming with Athens-Clarke County by beginning community oriented education efforts to help Athens-Clarke County secure the trail corridor for the remainder of the trail within the boundary of Athens-Clarke County.