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Posted on: July 17, 2023

New Highlands to Islands Trail officially opens at Tumbling Creek

A group is shown cutting the ribbon along the Highlands to Islands Trail.

Hall County Government hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 13 to announce the official opening of the newest portion of the Highlands to Islands Trail at Tumbling Creek.

The Tumbling Creek Trail extends the existing trail an additional quarter mile from the pedestrian tunnel that runs beneath Atlanta Highway to the new pedestrian bridge near the University of North Georgia campus in Oakwood.

“It’s no secret that people want to move to Hall County – whether it’s young families looking to raise their families or retirees looking to live out their golden years. No matter your age, it’s important to be able to enjoy a safe, healthy lifestyle, and this trail is another opportunity for Hall County citizens to thrive,” Hall County District 1 Commissioner Kathy Cooper said.

 The Tumbling Creek Trail captures picturesque views, with a tree-lined trail and a wooden boardwalk that stretches over a naturally flowing creek. This connection will allow people to walk or bike from UNG to Lee Gilmer Airport in Gainesville.

“This new portion of the Highlands to Islands Trail is a representation of Hall County’s commitment to serving its citizens and providing long-term infrastructure that coincides with a high quality of life,” Hall County Administrator Zach Propes said. “It is because of the vision and guidance of our Board of Commissioners that we are able to provide our community with high-standard achievements and amenities.”

Once complete, the Highlands to Islands Trail System will connect all of Hall County with a 40-mile stretch of paved trails, allowing users to walk or bike from Downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier Islands.

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