RAILS TO TRAILS
Rail trail development has begun! To learn more about what's happening on the trail, read through the articles below. By sustaining our great momentum with your continued membership, sponsorships, and donations, we can move ever closer to the long-standing vision of a 15-mile rail trail across Newton County. To learn about opportunities to support the trail development effort, click here.
THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A RAIL TRAIL IN NEWTON COUNTY
We're excited about having a beautiful rail trail in Newton County and know that such a trail will provide many benefits for our community.
SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Economically, the rail trail might be the single most important element for the future of Newton County with regards to attracting high quality industry and higher income residents who seek healthy lifestyles and outdoor recreation opportunities. Rail trails also attract tourists who spend money in the towns along the trail. Subsequently, trails help to grow small business opportunities benefiting the local economy.
PRESERVE HISTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
A rail trail will also help preserve and share the history and natural beauty of Newton County. Moving at a slower pace than those traveling by car, pedestrians and cyclists take time to read historic markers, photograph old buildings and natural scenery, and seek out the stories behind the places they visit, all of which can fuel preservation efforts.
INCREASE RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
Another important benefit will be residents' increased access to recreation. According to the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, 34 percent of Newton County adults are obese, compared to 29 percent statewide. Additionally, 30 percent of Newton County adults are inactive, compared to 25 percent statewide. CDC data shows a strong correlation between communities with high incidences of walking and biking and lower levels of obesity-related illnesses like diabetes.
HOW TRAILS ARE IMPACTING OTHER COMMUNITIES
Watch the short video on the right for an overview of the challenges and triumphs of the Ecusta, Virginia Creeper and Swamp Rabbit trails. Property owners, public officials and other residents in communities with rail trails have seen their communities revived and enriched with the addition of a rail trail.
Communities across the country have found that rail trails increase property values and support small business development. We encourage you to watch Rockdale County's Try the Trails video to learn how our neighbor to the west is utilizing trail development as an asset.
The short video above illustrates the community impacts of the Ecusta, Virginia Creeper and Swamp Rabbit trails.
WE CAN DO IT WITH YOUR SUPPORT
The development of a 15-mile greenway corridor running through the heart of Newton County is no small undertaking, and Newton Trails needs the support of the Newton County community.
You can support for the rail trail project by becoming a member of Newton Trails today or, if you're already a member, renewing your membership with an additional contribution. Newton Trails is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and your tax-deductible contribution will help us fulfill our mission of developing an interconnected, greenway trail system in Newton County.
Other ways to support the rails to trails project include: talking to friends and neighbors about the benefits of trails, contacting elected officials to express your support of of the project, attending a Newton Trails event, and volunteering your time and expertise with Newton Trails.
You can also enroll in the shopping rewards programs that Newton Trails participates in through Kroger and AmazonSmile. The more people who participate the more money we can earn to fund trail development.
Want more information about the rail trail? Visit our RAIL TRAIL FAQ page. Together we can build this trail!