Visit the Firefly Trail in East Athens & Downtown
On October 20, 2017, the long-awaited Firefly Trail officially opened in Athens-Clarke County with the ribbon-cutting of our first .3-mile segment, which includes a stunning 500'-long bridge over the North Oconee River and a connection to Dudley Park and the North Oconee River Greenway. The remainder of the .8-mile segment will open in December 2017, with funding to complete the eight miles in Athens-Clarke County and Winterville available, thanks to voter passage of the TSPLOST initiative.
The trail is accessible by foot and bicycle to downtown Athens and beyond. If you're driving, parking is available at Dudley Park ("Greenway Only" spaces at the waterwheel off E Broad St. or the Poplar St. lot) and the Classic Center (paid).
For more information on construction and opening dates, visit ACC's Firefly Trail page.
Jump down for FAQs about visiting the trail
Questions about your visit? Start here.
Where is the open part of the trail located?
From East Broad Street near downtown Athens, extending .3 miles through Dudley Park to Poplar St.
What is the trail like?
A 14'-wide, concrete place for walking, running, bicycling, skating, and other non-motorized use (except horseback riding). Fully ADA accessible. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
What are some highlights of the trail?
Most spectacular is the 500-foot-long, 40-foot-high bridge over the North Oconee River, with viewing platforms on both sides.
Does it connect to any another trails?
Yes! The Firefly Trail connects directly to the North Oconee River Greenway in Dudley Park, which stretches 3.5 miles N to Sandy Creek Nature Center. It is also near the .5-mile Trail Creek Trail (greenway) and 4.5 miles of mountain biking at Trail Creek Park.
What is nearby?
From the Firefly Trail, you can easily reach Dudley Park, the North Oconee River Greenway, the “Murmur” trestle, the Multimodal Transportation Center (Athens Transit), Trail Creek Park and its mountain bike trails, a number of student housing communities, UGA’s Chicopee Building, and Weaver D’s and Mama’s Boy restaurants. Downtown Athens, the Classic Center and UGA’s North Campus are a short distance away up East Broad Street.
Will more of the trail be opening soon?
Yes; roughly half a mile of trail is under construction from Poplar Street to Old Winterville Road and is expected to open in mid-December. Like the first section, it will be 14 feet wide and paved with concrete. This section will connect to the Lexington Road Park and Ride lot and a new section of Greenway trail, also under construction.