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. Athens-Clarke County hosts over three miles of the Firefly with an additional mile and a half planned expansion. 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.
The trail allows for pedestrians and bicyclists alike to further participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity.
The Firefly Trail with Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville is maintained and operated by the Trails and Open Space Staff of the Leisure Services Department.
For more information on the full 39-mile planned Firefly Trail, visit the Firefly Trail, Inc. website.
East Broad St- Original Terminus to Old Winterville Rd
The Athens Firefly Trail begins in the heart of downtown Athens at the site of the original terminus of the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad on East Broad St. The trail passes over the North Oconee River before entering Dudley Park and merging with the North Oconee River Greenway to cross Trail Creek. The Firefly then climbs back to the historic railbed to continue toward Old Winterville Rd.
Old Winterville Road to Hancock Road
Built as the second phase of the Firefly Trail in Athens this section connects Old Winterville Rd to Hancock Rd following the railbed of the Athens Branch. Parking is available at the Oconee St Park and Ride at 1330 Oconee St and Mon - Fri after 5PM and all day weekends at the Streets and Drainage Division Building 605 Spring Valley Rd.
Hancock Road to Downtown Winterville
See the Park Planning Firefly information page for more information about this upcoming section.
Downtown Winterville to Clarke County Line
This one and a half mile section of trail parallels Main St. in downtown Winterville from Athens Ln to the Athens-Clarke County line. In the center of this stretch of trail users will find the historic Winterville Train Depot, the Winterville Library, and easy access to Pittard Park.
This multi-use paved trail is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any other non-motorized modes of transportation.
East Broad Street Trailhead- terminus of historical rail line
|790 East Broad St||NO||NO|
|Dudley Park Access
Intersects the North Oconee River Greenway Trail
|1170 E. Broad St or
286 S. Poplar St
|Poplar St and Peter St Access
Ramp up from Poplar St/Stairs from Peter St
|470 Oconee St||NO||NO
|Inglewood Ave Access||133 Inglewood Ave||NO||NO
|Old Winterville Rd||107 Old Winterville Road||NO||NO
|Oconee St Park and Ride||1330 Oconee St||YES||NO|
|Winterville Road Access||1299 Winterville Rd||NO||
|Hancock Road Access||605 Spring Valley Rd||YES||NO|
|Downtown Winterville Access||Inez Edwards Plaza||YES||NO|
With dozens of shops, eateries, venues, and landmarks Downtown Athens has something for almost anyone all within easy walking distance of the East Broad St. trailhead of the Firefly Trail.
The Athens Transit Multi Modal Center is conveniently located at 775 East Broad St. across the street from the trailhead. Visit ACCGov.com/transit to find the nearest route.
North Oconee River Trail
Athens' other multi-use paved trail winds its way along the North Oconee River from Sandy Creek Nature Center to Bailey St and Carriage Lane. Along the way you will see views of the North Oconee River, North Oconee River Park, Aguar Plaza, and Dudley Park. The Greenway and Firefly trails meet in Dudley Park near Downtown Athens.
This trail is available for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and any non-motorized modes of transportation.
University of Georgia
Chartered in 1785 The University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. Now covering over 700 acres UGA makes up a key part of Athen's identity. The original campus, now known as North Campus, is right up the road from the downtown Firefly Trail trailhead on Broad St.
Dudley Park is a 32-acre park nestled in the confluence of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River, just a short walk from downtown Athens and the University of Georgia.
It's a great spot for a picnic lunch on the grass or to listen to the babbling Trail Creek as it runs under the lower park bridge. Dedicated in 1953 to Alonzo Gordon Dudley, who governed Athens from 1926-1935 and 1938-1939, Dudley park features majestic hardwoods, open fields, several picnic areas, and connections to multiple trails.
Beautiful Downtown Winterville sits astride the Firefly Trais as it follows Main St. to the county line. With many different places to find a bite to eat, shop, and relax Winterville makes a great stop on the Firefly just as it was on the Georgia Railroad. Surrounding Inez Edwards Plaza users will find Winterville City Hall, the local library, a historic train depot, and Pittard Park.