Enjoy OUR trail!
We are incredibly pleased to welcome you to visit the Firefly Trail in downtown and East Athens. The first 1-mile segment, including a 500' bridge over the North Oconee River and a connection to the North Oconee River Greenway and Dudley Park, is now open. Check out the video from JaWaVi Films below if you missed our ribbon-cutting.
Enjoy OUR trail!
Athens to Winterville Not a Dream
To all our wonderful supporters,
To win nearly 3-to-1 is astonishing. This would not have been possible without you, our intrepid supporters who see the vision for what Athens can become.
Tremendous credit goes to the Citizens Advisory Committee for creating a top-notch TSPLOST package, to Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle and his unwavering belief that Firefly Trial will bring positive economic growth and safety benefits to the burgeoning bicycle and pedestrian opportunities in Winterville, to Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and the County Commission for their support, to ACC Manager Blaine Williams for embracing the Firefly Trail and the CAC package, to Alice Kinman for her effective and non-stop leadership of the TSPLOST campaign, and to all of you for your work to open eyes and minds and to urge people to vote.
Years and years of positively promoting the Firefly Trail is a big part of why so many people want the trail, believe in the trail, and came out to support the trail. I'm so proud to be part of Firefly Trail Inc.!
President, Firefly Trail, Inc.
News on the $100,000 Union Point Recreational Trails Program award.
Firefly Trail is incredibly grateful to Scott Duvall at JaWaVi Films for his amazing volunteer work for the Firefly Trail in social media and video production! Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, as well as the video below - we know you'll be impressed. Please consider bringing your video and social media needs to JaWaVi.
To share your own expertise, please contact Mary Cook.
This great video highlights two examples of rails-to-trails projects in the Southeast. Hear the people involved with the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC and the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, VA tell what these trails have done for their communities. Sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss updates like this!
The weather is looking good! Join us for our 6th incredible trip up and down the proposed route of the Firefly Trail on Saturday, March 25. NEW THIS YEAR - two starting points, a 100-mile option and two new SAG stops. Whether you want to ride 18 miles or a full century, we've got you covered.
Could you - your club - your youth group - lend a hand for a couple of hours on Saturday?
Assistance is needed at the following rest stops:
Winterville, Pittard Park, our 2nd starting point
(shifts 8-10 am, 10-noon, noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm)
Arnoldsville, No. 3 Railroad Street
(shifts 11:30-1:30 pm, 1:30-3:30 pm, 3 -4 pm)
Crawford, Historic Depot
(shifts 11:30-1:30 pm, 1:30-3:30 pm, 3-4 pm)
Maxeys, Durham Apothecary & Museum, 261 N Main St.
Email Mary Cook or sign-up online:
1) SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/sHaeVF
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) It's Easy - no need to register an account or password
Gary Doster, local historian, wrote this piece for Athens Historian on the Georgia Rail Road's depot on Carr's Hill in Athens. We think it's great.
OnlineAthens/The Athens Banner-Herald has published an article on a proposed service station along the route of the Firefly Trail in Athens. What are your thoughts?
The City of Maxeys in Oglethorpe County has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a segment of the Firefly Trail in Maxeys, which will become part of the planned 39-mile long Firefly Trail from Athens to Union Point.
We are gearing up to help Maxeys raise matching funds. Do you have expertise in this area?
We need several knowledgeable individuals to participate in the planning and execution of various elements of fundraising for our “Pave the Firefly Trail” campaign.
Contact: Gary Hedrick, Fundraising Committee Chair
Firefly Trail, Inc.
Become a Sponsor
Whether you are a business owner, or are employed by a business, take a look at our sponsor benefits. Complimentary ride registrations make great gifts for customers and employees while your business gets recognized as a supporter of safe and healthy lifestyles.
The 2015 Ticket to Ride attracted 216 registered participants. Expected turnout for 2016 is 200-250.
Friend - $100
Benefits: One event registration; recognition in Firefly Trail digital newsletter (over 700 subscribers), social media and website; small logo on flyer and event banner. One item welcome for rider bags.
Supporter - $200
Benefits: Two event registrations; tent/exhibit space at Jittery Joe’s Roaster; medium logo on event flyer and banner; your banner at Jittery Joe’s Roaster; recognition in Firefly Trail digital newsletter, social media and website; recognition in event press releases. One item welcome for rider bags.
Advocate - $500
Benefits: Five event registrations; prominent tent/exhibit space at Jittery Joe’s Roaster; large logo on event flyer and banner; your banner at Jittery Joe’s Roaster and one rest stop of your choice; recognition from stage before the ride starts; recognition in Firefly Trail digital newsletter, social media, website, and Ticket to Ride press releases. Up to two items welcome for rider bags.
Promoter - $1,000
Benefits: Up to 10 registrations. Category exclusivity. Major sponsor recognition on event banner and flyer; premium tent/exhibit space at Jittery Joe’s Roaster; your banner at prominent location near start line, plus other rest stops of your choosing; dedicated press release announcing your sponsorship, if desired; featured recognition in Firefly Trail digital newsletter, social media, website and press releases. Up to three items welcome for rider bags.
Champion - $5,000
Benefits: Same as Promoter, and your name appears at the top of the event banner and is listed in all publicity as part of the event name, for example, “Firefly Trail Ticket to Ride, presented by ACME, Inc.” Category exclusivity. Opportunity for you to be involved in event planning. Right of first refusal for presenting sponsor of 2017 event.
...Keep in mind that the value of your raffle items will raise you to a higher sponsorship level. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for details.
Time to Register
Saturday, March 19th, 5th Ticket to Ride details:
Want to help? Click the VolunteerSpot link to see our variety of sign-up spots sure to fit your schedule. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password.
firefly in the news
8/7/2019 The Firefly Trail Takes Wing
5/16/2019 How the Firefly Trail aims to connect communities throughout rural Georgia
2/2019 Firefly Trail is a dream come true!
4/19/17 Trail Progress Update
10/25/17 Trail Opening
3/20/19 Firefly Trail Ticket to Ride
6/30/18 Best Things with Kids in Athens
4/27/18 Firefly Discussed
11/7/17 Voters Green-Light TSPLOST
10/25/17 Trail Opening
4/14/17 GA Rep. Announces Grant
3/25/17 Ticket to Ride Recap
3/16/17 Firefly Overview and Update
2/4/17 Firefly Economic Development
Help us write the story
Got a Firefly story or image you'd like to share? Email us at email@example.com.
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