Blind Willie McTell Trail

Georgia

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Blind Willie McTell Trail Facts

States: Georgia
Counties: Bulloch
Length: 1.1 miles
Trail end points: E Main St & Savannah Ave & Railroad St and Fair Rd/US 67 & South Zetterower Ave (Statesboro)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 12311489

Blind Willie McTell Trail Description

Named after Blind Willie McTell, a Piedmont blues and ragtime musician who wrote the song "Statesboro Blues" and recorded it in 1928. The Allman Brothers Band later recorded a version of the song, which quickly became a classic.
 
The southern end of the trail begins by Little Lotts Creek on Fair Road. Winding north through Statesboro Bulloch County Park, the trail runs parallel to the railway tracks as it weaves through the heart of beautiful downtown Statesboro before ending at Triangle Park. Along the way, the pathway passes by local businesses, residences, and the city's dog park (20 E Cherry St).
 
Statesboro Bulloch County Park has tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, open green spaces, restrooms, water, benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, bike racks, a playground, and the offices for Statesboro's Parks and Recreation Department. Located between downtown Statesboro and Georgia Southern University, the trail allows visitors and locals to walk, picnic during their lunch hour, and cycle safely without using city streets.
 
The paved pathway consists of 1.1 miles of smooth, level surface. Along the route, there are bike racks, picnic tables, trash receptacles, landscaped islands, raised pedestrian crosswalks, six varieties of trees, and custom-designed benches by the university's art students. 

Included within the Blind Willie McTell Trail, the Blind Willie McTell Trail Tree Walk allows individuals to enjoy many varieties of trees as they walk along the trail. A virtual tree map is available on the KSBB website, which is a local organization that works in partnership with the city to advocate for litter prevention, beautification, and community greening.

The route connects a number of the city's parks and provides opportunities for both recreation and daily commutes. Running through downtown, the trail is an urban oasis of green spaces, trees, and offers respite from the concrete jungle. 

Parking and Trail Access

The City of Statesboro and the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia (CRC) are working together to implement a transit system that will include both an east-west and a north-south route.

The Coastal Regional Coaches pick-up/drop-off transit system provides regional transportation services for any purpose across Georgia's 10 coastal regional counties, including Bulloch. Schedule your trip 24 hours in advance. The service runs Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm. The base rate for a trip within one county is $3 one-way/$6 round-trip. For multi-county travel, the cost if the base rate plus $3 per county crossed. Visit the website for the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia to reserve your trip.

Parking is available at the southern end of the trail in a linear public lot on Railroad Street, which includes at least one accessible space. Along the trail, parking is available at the Statesboro Bulloch County Park (1 Max Lockwood Dr), which has several accessible spaces. 

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