Trail Maps

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Open Trails

Rock Creek Greenway / Wilshire Trails

Connecting Lake Lanier and Gainesville High School to the Wilshire Trails picnic, playground and grilling facilities before you descend across the picturesque bridges and footpaths that cross the bubbling creek and set into the woods.

  • From: Longwood Park (20 Pearl Nix Parkway NW, Gainesville, GA 30501)
  • To: Rock Creek Park (233 Northside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501)
  • Length: 1.9 miles
  • Parking Located at
    • Longwood Park Trailhead (20 Pearl Nix Parkway NW, Gainesville, GA 30501)
    • Rock Creek Park Trailhead (233 Northside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501)
    • Gainesville North Parking Deck (100 Brenau Ave NE, Gainesville, GA 30501).

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Gainesville Square / Main Street

Access all the shops and retail districts in the historic square in Gainesville. Follow the wayfinding signage along Bradford Street to connect between the Rock Creek Greenway and the Midland Greenway.

  • From: The corner of NW Academy St and NW Main St.
  • To: The corner of Parker St and Grove St.
  • Length: 0.96 miles
  • Parking located at
    • Rock Creek Park Trailhead (233 Northside Drive, Gainesville, Ga 30501)
    • Midland Greenway Trailhead (682 Grove St., Gainesville, GA 30501)
    • Gainesville North Parking Deck (100 Brenau Ave NE, Gainesville, GA 30501).

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Midtown Greenway

Picking up just south of the Gainesville Square at the white pedestrian bridge spanning Jesse Jewell Parkway that has now been lovingly dubbed “the Bridge to Somewhere”, the Midland Greenway is an urban trail with views of the industry and architecture of the early 20th century located in the industrial section of Midtown. Many seasonal events such as trick or treating and Easter egg hunts are hosted in this event space off Grove Street. The Midland Greenway trail currently ends just below the newly opened Engine 209 Park at Pine Street and Industrial Boulevard.

  • From: The corner of Parker St. and Grove St.
  • To: The corner of SW Pine St. and SW Industrial Boulevard
  • Length: 0.69 miles
  • Parking located at
    • Midland Greenway Trailhead (682 Grove St., Gainesville, GA 30501)
    • Davis Street Trailhead (506 Davis St., Gainesville, GA 30501)
    • Engine 209 Park (500 Davis St., Gainesville, GA 30501)

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Chicopee Trail

Named after the Chicopee Mills, this scenic section meanders through the tall oak trees near Elachee Drive (home to the Elachee Nature Science Center and SORBA biking trails), and adjacent to the Chicopee Woods Golf Course.

  • From: The south edge of Palmour Drive below the Gainesville Airport
  • To: The tunnel under Atlanta Highway, near the Georgia Department of Labor
  • Length: 2.42 miles
  • Public On-Street Parking Available along A Avenue in Chicopee Village

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Friendship Road / Lanier Islands Parkway Sidepath

This sidepath runs along the busy corridor of Friendship Road and Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall. It serves as the main East-West route from Lake Lanier Islands (where admission is always free to cyclists) to the wonderful and growing Town of Braselton.

  • From: Lake Lanier Islands
  • To: The corner of Friendship Road and Old Winder Highway / 211.
  • Length: 15.92 miles

Braselton Life Path - Phase I

At its inception, the LifePath will provide approximately  1.7 miles of 10-foot wide concrete pathways connecting The Village at Deaton Creek and Northeast Georgia Medical Center's River Place to Chateau Elan, Mulberry Walk, and the Town of Braselton Mulberry River Walk.

  • From: The corner of Friendship Road and Old Winder Highway / 211, or the corner of Friendship Road and Deaton Creek Parkway
  • To: The corner of Old Winder Highway and Liberty Church Road
  • Length: 2.96 miles

Trails Under Construction or Design

Tumbling Creek / UNG Connector Trail

With the construction of a tunnel to go under Atlanta Highway, the extension of the trail to the University of North Georgia will soon be a reality. This section intersects with the Tumbling Creek Mountain Bike Trails, approximately 2.5 miles of large beginner to intermediate trails with quiet views of the Tumbling Creek Wetlands and the UNG-Gainesville Campus.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Late 2022
  • From: The tunnel under Atlanta Highway near the Georgia Department of Labor building
  • To: Landrum Drive at the campus of the University of North Georgia – Gainesville Campus
  • Length: 1.42 miles
  • Parking available at
    • Park and Ride Lot located at the intersection of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Atlanta Highway, accessible from Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Frontage Road

Gainesville Airport Trail

This is the connection point between downtown Gainesville and Elachee Nature/Chicopee Woods/SORBA biking trails that lead you towards the University of North Georgia. Edging along the side of the airport and through some existing sidewalks, you will be able to safely gain access to many more miles of trails.

  • Currently Under Design
  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: Spring 2024
  • From: The corner of SW Industrial Boulevard and SW Pine St.
  • To: The southern edge of Palmour Drive below the Gainesville Airport
  • Length: 2.5 miles

Spout Springs Sidepath - Phase I

This sidepath will run along the soon-to-be completed fully widened Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch. This project is part of the larger widening of Spout Springs Road, which has been split into two phases.

  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: Late 2022
  • From: Spout Springs Road at I-985
  • To: The corner of Union Circle Road and Spout Springs Road
  • Length: 2.72 miles

Planned Trails

Oakwood / Thurmon Tanner Trails

This proposed path will bring the trail from the Mundy Mill Trail through Oakwood, connecting with Thurmon Tanner Parkway. This trail, particularly the segment on Thurmon Tanner Parkway, will serve as a major part of the spine of the trail network and foster north-south mobility.

  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: TBD
  • From: The corner of Mundy Mill Road and Millside Parkway
  • To: Either the corner of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Mundy Mill Road, or the corner of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Martin Road
  • Length: 5.07 miles

Hog Mountain Trail

This path will continue the spine of the trail and connect users to recreation and shopping options, including the Hog Mountain Sports Complex and Stonebridge Village.

  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: TBD
  • From: The corner of Martin Road and Falcon Parkway
  • To: Spout Springs Road, near Stonebridge Village
  • Length: 2.68 miles

Flowery Branch Downtown Trail

This trail section will pick up on Phil Niekro Boulevard and continue down E Main St towards downtown Flowery Branch, via Gainesville St. and ending on McEver Road. This will provide access to downtown Flowery Branch and the many dining and retail options available there.

  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: TBD
  • From: The corner of Phil Niekro Boulevard and Thurmon Tanner Parkway
  • To: The corner of Gainesville St. and McEver Road, or Marina Park on Mitchell Street
  • Length: 3.30 miles

Blackjack / Swansey Trails

This path will provide access to the Williams Mill Greenspace and Cherokee Bluffs Park from both Swansey Road and Blackjack Road.

  • Estimated Construction Completion Date: TBD
  • From: Williams Mill Greenspace (6166 Blackjack Rd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542)
  • To: The corner of Spout Springs Road and Swansey Road, or the terminus of the Blackjack Road Trail on Spout Springs Road near Hog Mountain Road
  • Length: 3.59 miles

Click the buttons in the blue menu on the map below to see more details relating to the various trail sections.