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The Cricket Frog Trail gets its name from the quarter-sized amphibian native to this part of Georgia. The trail occupies the former railbed of the Central of Georgia Railway. Totaling 14.9 miles, about 13.6 miles is currently open for use.
Currently the trail is open in two main sections in between Covington and Newton, one that stretches 5.4 miles east of the Alcovy River into Covington and 8.2 miles West of the Alcovy River heading towards Newton, and has been paved making it accessible to all non-motorized trail traffic, as well as wheelchairs. Along the trail, users will encounter historic towns, bucolic scenes and wooded corridors. There are 4 impressive trestle bridges on the pathway, however; the Alcovy River Trestle Bridge remains closed and represents the current gap in the middle of the trail.
To reroute around the Alcovy River closure, where the eastern section of the trail ends on East End Rd, take a right and continue along this road south until it meets GA-36. Take a left on this road, and continue for 0.5 of a mile until reaching GA-213. There is no sidewalk on this road, only a small shoulder, please observe right-of-way laws and beware of fast oncoming traffic. Continue on GA-213 for 1.5 miles and take a left on Old Starsville road. About 500ft down this road, you should see where the Cricket Frog Trail crosses Old Starsville and continues for another 8.2 miles onward to Newton.
Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. View the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
The trail's website divides the trail into three segments, for a total of 6.5 miles. Starting from west to east, parking and access points include the following:
Turner Lake Road to Emory Street in Covington (Approx. 1.5 miles.) - Parking is available at Turner Lake Park and Covington City Hall
Elm Street in Covington to Eagle/MLK, Jr. Drive/Covington Bypass (approx. 2.10 miles, including the 0.65-mile paved section) - Parking is available at Elm Street Parking Deck, Floyd Street, Conyers Street, and Academy Springs Park
East Bear Creek to Beaver Park (approx. 2.9 miles)- Parking is available at Mansfield Town Center and Beaver Park
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