The Rockdale River Trail, also known as the South River Trail, parallels the South River through Rockdale County, about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta. Currently, more than five continuous miles of pathway are available for what will one day be a 13-mile trail. By 2014, it's hoped the trail will extend farther southeast to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers (off of GA 212) and, by 2015, continue northeast to the Olde Town Conyers Trail.
The trail begins at the southern end of the Arabia Mountain Trail and continues through the Alexander Lakes area where there is a trailhead and fishing (with license) can be enjoyed.
From there, the trail crosses over the Alexander Lake Road and Flat Bridge Road intersection and continues for 1.8 miles until it meets Union Church Road, where there is a small trailhead parking lot but no other facilities. This is the newest section of the trail.
The trail continues another 2.4 miles from there to end at South Rockdale Community Park, where you'll find a trailhead, parking, and other amenities.
The trail is hilly and winding as it goes through heavily forested areas and rock outcroppings similar to the Arabia Mountain Trail.
The Alexander Lakes Trailhead is about 7.5 miles south of Lithonia (Exit 74 off I-20). The trailhead is at the junction of Alexander Lakes Road and Flat Bridge Road. Since this trailhead is on Panola Mountain State Park property, there is a daily cost for parking. Bathrooms and water are available.
The South Rockdale Community Park Trailhead is at 3909 East Fairview Road, about 8.5 miles southeast of Conyers (Exit 80 off I-20). Bathrooms, water, picnic shelter, and a playground are available.