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Where are the best walking trails in Hall County?
With Lake Lanier at our back door, many parks in the county provide great trails for walking your dog, jogging or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. Below is a list of some of the top walking destinations in the area.
The Rock Creek Greenway is one of the most popular walking trails in Gainesville, with a 2-mile path from downtown Gainesville through Ivey Terrace, Wilshire and Longwood parks to the shores of Lanier. Hop on the trail at any of these parks, with Longwood located at 20 Pearl Nix Parkway and Rock Creek at 223 Northside Drive, across from the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System.
Plans call for the Midtown Greenway to eventually connect with the Wilshire Trail route. Currently, the 12-foot-wide paved trail runs for a mile along an old CSX railway from Mule Camp Springs to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The trail begins at 682 Grove St.
A natural trail system runs through Lanier Point Park, located at 1579 Lee Waldrip Road. An island is accessible by covered walking bridge.
The Linwood Nature Preserve also offers trails in the city, though the paths are not yet completed.
An AmeriCorps group is currently building the trails, which will include 2 to 3 miles crisscrossing the 30 acres of forested land. The group is scheduled to finish its work in mid-May, and Margaret Rasmussen, executive director of The Redbud Project, which is leading efforts at the park, encouraged residents to begin using the trails then, though the park won’t be officially open yet.
The preserve is located at 160 Springview Drive off Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.
The Brenau Mile is a designated walking route in the Brenau University area that follows sidewalks along Washington, Prior, Candler and Boulevard streets. The route passes historic homes and campus buildings and is frequented by joggers and walkers.
Outside town, the Elachee Nature Science Center property offers 13 miles of trails through forests and wetlands. That includes a half-mile paved trail along with a 4.5-mile circuit to Chicopee Lake and back. Trails are open 8 a.m. to dusk at the center, located at 2125 Elachee Drive, off Atlanta Highway.
Laurel Park, north of Gainesville on Lake Lanier, offers a 1-mile walking trail. The park is located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway.
Williams Mill Greenspace in the Hall County park system also offers trails in its 48 acres of meadows , streams and shoals. Find it at 6166 Black Jack Road in Flowery Branch.
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