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Gainesville buying signs for Highlands to Islands trail
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The Highlands to Islands trail will connect Braselton in South Hall with Gainesville. Gainesville city officials are working to design and install signage marking its portion of the trail. Photo courtesy of the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Gainesville officials are developing signage for the Highlands to Islands trail that, when complete, will connect Braselton in South Hall with Gainesville and portions of North Hall to offer opportunities for running, walking and biking.

City officials are looking to spend $10,500 to design primary trailhead identification, wayfinding, regulatory and trail marker signs along with an interpretive kiosk. 

City spokeswoman Catiel Felts said it’s important to “brand our portion,” and Gainesville is working with the Vision 2030 group and Hall County officials to have them develop signage for portions of the trail in unincorporated parts of the county.

“So, we think this is a great opportunity for the city to go ahead and lead the way,” Felts said. “The county likes what we’re doing so far.”

City Manager Bryan Lackey said Gainesville still has work to do on the trail to connect it from Longwood Park on Lake Lanier to the University of North Georgia with existing paths, such as the Midtown Greenway.

Work is particularly needed near the airport and Chicopee Mill, he added.

The Gainesville portion of the trail would ultimately include a 14-mile loop connecting UNG with downtown, businesses, scenic areas and schools.

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