NAME THE RAIL TRAIL

One of the steps in developing a rail trail in Newton County is coming up with a terrific trail name. We invite trail enthusiasts to contribute their ideas for the best name for the trail. Read through the background information below to get the creative ideas flowing. Then use the form at the bottom of the page to submit your idea(s) for a terrific trail name. You can also follow and participate in the naming process on the Newton Trails Facebook page.

RAILROAD HISTORY

The railroad corridor was built by the Middle Georgia and Atlantic Railway Company (MGA).  The first train arrived in Covington on January 7, 1894. MGA offered two passenger trains a day between Covington and Milledgeville.  The original Newton County stations and flagstops included Covington, Covington Junction, Starrsville, Hayston, Carmel Junction, and Newborn. Stations in Porterdale and Mansfield were added in later years. 

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THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The railroad corridor is 14.9 miles long and includes roughly 145 acres of land. Outside city limits, the corridor runs through isolated woodlands and alongside picturesque pastureland. It crosses Dried Indian Creek, the Alcovy River, West Bear Creek, and East Bear Creek. 

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OTHER RAIL TRAIL NAMES

There are many established and well-regarded rail trails to inspire us as we develop our trail. Check out a sampling of categories and trail names from Georgia and across the country. 

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SHARE YOUR IDEAS
HAVE A GREAT TRAIL NAME?

Submit your ideas for a rail trail name. We'll publish the top names and invite trail supporters to vote for their favorite.

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