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The Man O' War Railroad Recreation Trail carries both the name of the famous racehorse and that of the diesel passenger train that once traveled through Pine Mountain between Columbus and Atlanta.
The ten-foot-wide, paved trail conveniently begins in beautiful downtown Pine Mountain, where trail users can find parking, bike parking and refreshments. The trail then travels along the converted railroad right-of-way sandwiched between US 27/Main Street and Commerce Avenue. Heading south through town, the trail peels away from the road at about the mile mark and starts to become more shrouded with trees. The trail extends south past Callaway Garden and FDR State Park. Passing through Hamilton, the trail winds another 3.15-miles south towards Cataula before coming to a dead end at Mulberry Creek. Built in phases, the trail's latest section recently opened to the public in August 2023 and marked the completion of phase 6.
Its one-way distance of 13.5 miles and 500+ foot of elevation change makes this trail a favorite with the avid athlete looking to train and the casual cyclist alike. With its wide smooth surface, scenic views, and convenient routes through downtown Pine Mountain and Hamilton, the Man O' War Railroad Recreation Trail is also quite popular with both visitors and locals looking to explore the area, enjoy a walk with friends, spend some time in nature, or go for a run. For those living near the trail, it provides more options for commuting, going to school, and running errands.
Along the route, there are mile markers and five trailheads with parking (Chipley, Downtown Pine Mountain, Hood, Callaway Country Store, Hamilton Square, and South Hamilton). Each trailhead has an informational kiosk with an updated trail map showing trailheads, mile markers, elevations, restrooms, parking, and more. There are restrooms at the Pine Mountain Visitor Center and at the Harris County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.
The completion of the final phase—eight miles from Mulberry Creek to the Columbus/Muscogee County line—is scheduled for 2026/2027.
There are five trailheads with parking (north to south: Chipley, Downtown Pine Mountain, Hood, Callaway Country Store, Hamilton Square, and South Hamilton).
See TrailLink Map for all parking options and detailed directions.
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