There are plans
to turn 109km of unused railroad tracks between Riceboro and
Kingsland into a paved trail. It will be unusual in taking
users through coastal wetlands.
When complete, the Georgia
Coast Rail Trail will meander through forests, marshes,
creeks and undeveloped land from Riceboro to Kingsland,
staying about 15km inland of the coast the whole way.
The trail will cross 43 rivers,
creeks, and streams, including a century-old trestle bridge
over the Altamaha River.
It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2015.
A 2km rail trail near Woodbine has been in use for a decade.
It is 3m wide and concrete.
are still obstacles in the way. Seventeen people own land along
the way, so right-of-way issues must be confronted before trail
construction can begin.
The projected cost of the trail is
about US$50 million. The Atlanta-based PATH Foundation will
design and build the trail. PATH recently completed the 97km
Silver Comet Trail in northwest Georgia.