The Georgia Coast Rail-Trail will eventually stretch 68 miles from Kingsland north to Riceboro, a lush corridor of longleaf pine forest, marsh and saw grass, which crosses tidal rivers and creeks. It follows an abandoned CSX rail corridor, and the plan is for a 10-foot wide multi-use trail for the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists, joggers, equestrians and nature lovers. The scenery is unmatched, and the trail will be appropriately planned to maintain the integrity of wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Two disconnected sections of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail are currently open. In White Oak, the trail parallels State Route 110/25/US 17 from Morris/Vanzandt Road to Chaney Road. This part of the trail, which opened in 2010, has a crushed stone surface, and runs for a little more than 3 miles. Equestrians may use the grassy area next to the trail.
In Woodbine, another trail segment parallels East and West Oak streets for 3 miles. You can also enjoy the Satilla River Waterfront Park at the northern end point, where you'll find a boardwalk observation pier that was once a railroad trestle.
As the trail heads south from the river, the scenery changes from wetlands to cedar, pine, live oak, cypress, maple and cherry trees. Stop to appreciate the old homes along the way. A recent extension brings the concrete-surfaced trail south from town through dense woodlands to Liza Rudolph Road.
White Oak and Woodbine are both located west of Interstate 95 in southeast Georgia. The trailhead in White Oak is located at the post office (25 McKinnon Road N.), near Burnt Fort Road/SR 252. There is plenty of parking, a playground and picnic tables.
Parking in Woodbine is available at Satilla River Waterfront Park on E. 1st Street.