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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 half of that length (6.5 miles) is currently open for use. The surface is mainly gravel and ballast, making this rail-trail more suited to hiking and mountain biking.
However, a 0.65-mile section between Elm and Convers streets in Covington 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, but these are closed until they can be safely restored.
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
We rode all of the open segments of the Cricket Frog today and it's clear this will be one of the most amazing trails when it is fully connected. Covington to the Alcovy River is a very nice ride, and the Alcovy River to Mansfield is rural and quiet with farms and scenic spots all along the way. Someday, I hope this trail connects all the way to Savannah.
We picked up the trail in Mansfield and headed north, to the Alcovy River. I love this old trestle and can't wait to see it opened!! Perfect trail! It was great to see folks using it during our ride! There were other cyclists, walkers and joggers, all enjoying themselves! Thanks for maintaining this awesome addition to our community!
I rode this trail for the first, but not last time today. It was a great ride, through hardwood forests, with deer and wild turkeys. I rode from Beaver Park in Mansfield which is 8 miles to the end at the river. There is parking at the park and a port-a-potty.
Finding a tail that is flat in Georgia I have found is difficult. This trail is flat and straight! Beautiful. And downtown Covington is so cute!
We walked on the Newbern side of this trail today it was very clean, quiet and peaceful. All while being shaded the whole time.
Great place for families!
Very nice, clean and wide path. Perfect for a leisurely afternoon ride. Very few hills and inclines are minimal.
This is a great trail that will be even better once completed into Mansfield.
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