You'll find existing trails in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale, and outside of Mansfield. Newton Trails organizes trail workdays, applies for grants, and partners with local governments to maintain and enhance existing trails in Newton County. Find a safe place to ride a bike, a new route for your run or an unpaved path on our current network of beautiful, family-friendly, multi-use trails that foster health, fitness and love of the outdoors.
Running from Chimney Park and the Newton County Library to Eastside High School, the Eastside Trail is a 2.5-mile, multi-use, greenway trail. Opened in early 2013, the 10-foot-wide concrete path begins off Ramsey Drive in Covington, on the west side of the Newton County Public Library, and runs between pasture land and woods south to the high school.
LAKE VARNER TRAILS
Located just north of Covington, Lake Varner features a short, paved trail along the shore of Newton County's main reservoir. There is also an unpaved, primitive trail leading through the woods to a granite outcrop.
TURNER LAKE PARK TRAILS
Turner Lake Park in Covington features three miles of paved and unpaved walking trails around the lake behind the Turner Lake Complex and ball fields. Visit the outdoor classroom, hike to the old homestead site, or relax on a trailside bench.
The Oxford Trail is a 1.2 mile, 8-foot-wide, concrete trail in the City of Oxford. Developed by Newton Trails in partnership with the City of Oxford and Oxford College, the path runs along wooded, undeveloped road rights of way behind the campus and along picturesque Turkey Creek. The trail features benches, a kiosk with information about native plants and animals, both forest and meadow habitats, and a large deck under the tree canopy behind Oxford's historic Old Church.
YELLOW RIVER TRAIL
In 2006, Newton Trails built a 1480-foot, concrete loop trail along the Yellow River in Porterdale, at the site of the Porterdale Yellow River Park. The city of Porterdale has since paved a quarter-mile section of the old railroad corridor, which is officially Newton County's first rail trail, and has connected this to the loop trail. They have also created a primitive trail through a wooded area beside the river. Yellow River Park features a new frisby disc golf course, kayak launch, open play area, and picnic tables.
CHARLIE ELLIOTT MULTI-USE TRAIL
Newton Trails successfully secured grant funds to build this 4.7-mile, soft-surface, multiuse trail at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in 1999. Straddling Newton and Jasper Counties, the beautiful Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is located in a wooded setting just south of the City of Mansfield.