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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.
Two trails hopefully merged to one someday. I enjoyed the trail in White Oak, walking across some of the old trestles a better chance to see wildlife and the beauty of the marsh.
we rode from Kingsland, GA to Woodbine - and the scenery upon arrival was such an awesome reward!
This should really be considered 2 short trails since they do not connect and are worlds apart as far as riding conditions. The south side or Woodbine trail is concrete and manicured. A very easy ride. The north side or White Oak trail is rugged; not paved and not manicured. A more challenging ride. You definitely need fatter tires for this side. My mountain bike worked just fine. Since I enjoy both paved and not paved trails. I feel both sides have their merit. The scenery is great on both sides and I parked near the Post Office of each town.
Rode this trail 5-19-13 and found it to be very nice, peaceful and easy. Good access from Satilla River Park and there is access from other locations. The Trail starts out a little tricky and bumpy but goes through some nice areas and neighborhoods. The new section is really nice and go fast cyclists can get up and going. There was virtually no one on the trail when we were there. My only complaint is it is too short for serious riders. We ended up running up and down the new section several times to get some miles in.
Rode the trail north-south and back. First of all, thanks to everyone who worked and is working on this trail. Its a nice tree-lined path. However, you must have fat-tires to even consider this trail. Most of the trail is acceptable but the 1 mile section north of county road 252 is large rocks, not crushed, and barely passable. Also, the northern terminus of the trail ends on a private road that leads to a small horse farm. Thus, there is no parking (on either end of the trail). Eventually, I hope, the trail will be connected with the Woodbine trail and the surface improved. But that bridge will have to be crossed (and built) when we come to it.
Woodbine has added another 1.5 miles of nice concrete to their existing mile of trail. Rode it today (3-16-12) as enjoyed it much. Had to park 4 miles away at the Ex 14 truckstop as I drive an 18 wheeler, but the roads are quiet getting to the trail. (took Gap Swamp Rd and Billyville Rd to US 17, then 1/4 mi north to Liza Rudolph Rd west.) Looking forward to more pavement and thank you to the Path Foundation and local advocates!
Bob DeCamp, Douglas, Ga
Tried to ride this new trail today and was unable to due to it's surface. Large crushed rocks from recycled I-95 pavement are just too big to safely travel. Talked with Monkey Wrench staff on St. Simon's Island and they assured us that it will eventually be paved with concrete. Looking forward to that day, it truly will be a beautiful ride.
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