The Oconee Rivers Greenway Trail is a park system consisting of wildlife corridors, a hiking trail, and, most notably, eight miles of paved trails in Athens, Georgia. There are several trail segments that wind along the North Oconee River, linking downtown Athens, the University of Georgia campus, and neighborhoods and parks in the area.
“We see people running, jogging, walking, biking, pushing strollers, rollerblading, skateboarding, and even unicycling through the county on its wide, paved path,” said Rose West, the Trails and Open Space Supervisor for Athens-Clarke County Government. “For some children, it is the place where they first learn to ride a bike.”
Take a trail past a former rail yard and its historic depot. If you feel like going off-road, venture toward Cook’s Trail at the northmost end of the Greenway. You’ll travel a far-reaching swamp, the edge of an oxbow lake, and may even see some native wildlife!
In addition to serving the people with an excellent resource for enjoying the outdoors, it also serves as a wildlife habitat and corridor for movement of many species of birds and other animals.” – Rose West, Trails and Open Space Supervisor
Parks along the main trail offer public restrooms and free parking at trailheads. A map on the Athens-Clarke County Government website shows the Greenway in extensive detail, marking water fountains, areas with a steep grade, public restrooms, and other essential information for your day on the trail.
HOURS: Trails are open 24 hours daily
- 493 Bailey Street
- 101 Carriage Lane
- 1170 E. Broad Street
- 470 Oconee Street
- 1003 MLK Jr. Parkway
- Lexington Road at Loop 10
- 215 Old Commerce Road
- 400 Bob Holman Road
- 200 Trail Creek Street
- 135 Hoyt Street
- 1760 Milledge Avenue Extension
PET-FRIENDLINESS: Pets allowed but must be leashed
ACCESSIBILITY: ADA restrooms are available at the Sandy Creek Nature Center. Some areas of the Greenway are steeper than others, but most of the paved trail is smooth and level.