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Our Mission

Our Vision

We envision vibrant, healthy, prosperous communities connected to one another and to nature via a system of greenway trails that provide recreation, transportation, and the conservation of natural resources.

Enjoying the Cricket Frog Trail

Our Mission

To promote, develop, and sustain a connected system of greenway trails which support vibrant, healthy, and prosperous communities and the conservation of natural habitats, plants, and wildlife.

Newton County Trails, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in 1998 to promote and develop a county-wide network of multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists in Newton County, Georgia. We partner with local governments by raising private funds for trail planning, construction, and maintenance.  We also provide public outreach and education to inform citizens, businesses, and civic groups about the health, economic, environmental, and benefits of a county-wide trail system.

The trail network we envision will serve as a recreational opportunity, a greenway helping to conserve natural habitats, plants, and wildlife, and a viable transportation system that connects neighborhoods, schools, parks, commercial centers, and other local and regional destinations of interest. Whether a trail means to you a place to push a stroller, walk a dog, go for a run, take a walk in the woods, observe local flora and fauna, or bike to Alabama, we all have a common interest to see our community build on the plans set in motion over a two decades ago to build a better future for Newton County residents and its natural environment.

Newton Trails believes a well-planned trail system will create a higher quality of life, providing economic, environmental, conservation, and physical and mental health benefits for our community.



Our History

In the 1990s, a committed group of local residents began advocating for a trail system from Atlanta to Augusta. They registered as a nonprofit organization called Newton County Trails, Inc. and successfully secured grant funds to build a 4.7 mile, soft-surface, multi-use trail at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center south of Mansfield.

In 1999, the Newton County Commission included a network of trails along existing roads as part of its Comprehensive Plan. In 2001 and 2002, the County secured funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation to create a system of multi-use trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes from what is now the Newton County Career Academy to the Newton County Library. Phase I is now complete and includes the Eastside Trail as well as sidewalks and bike lanes through downtown Covington along Clark and Floyd Streets.

The City of Oxford’s Trees, Parks, and Recreation Board in recent years has worked with citizens and college students on a nature trail in Oxford along undeveloped street rights of way and sewer easements. In 2005, Newton Trails opened its first hard-surface segment along the same route, extending 1/3 mile from West Clark Street to West Soule Street and behind Old Church on Wesley Street.  In 2007, Newton Trails completed another half mile of the Oxford Trail, connecting it to Oxford College of Emory University and Stone Street and in 2010 extended the trail another 1,100 feet from W. Soule Street to W. Watson Street.

In August 2006, Newton Trails completed a 1480-foot loop trail along the Yellow River in Porterdale and is currently working with the city on plans for an extended Yellow River Trail and Park.

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