Do my musings sound far fetched? Think again!
Earlier this month, the PATH Foundation announced completion of another section of the South River Trail, a 12-foot-wide concrete path that, when completed, will combine with the Rockdale River Trail to link the Atlanta Belt Line to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Three miles of the South River Trail are already built, connecting to the Arabia Mountain Trail leading to Lithonia. This newest section, between Bouldercrest Rd and Clifton Church Rd is the start of the BeltLine connection.
Much of the linkage to Alabama is already in place, between the Silver Comet Trail running from Smyrna to the State Line and the Chief Ladiga Trail linking to Anniston, AL.
There is no doubt the path will travel east from the Monastery, the only question is: by what route? The City of Conyers and Rockdale County are actively working with PATH on those steps as well. Phase 1 of the Olde Town Conyers Trail opened earlier this year, and phase 2 is slated for construction in 2012.
A connection through Newton County is far from assured at this time. But, the blueprints are there. In 2009, Newton County, the City of Covington, Rockdale County, and the City of Conyers jointly funded a conceptual plan with PATH for linking Olde Town Conyers to Oxford, Covington, and Porterdale. You can view that plan on our website.
Let's get 'er done!