Moultrie Trail

Georgia

Moultrie Trail Facts

States: Georgia
Counties: Colquitt
Length: 7.2 miles
Trail end points: Moultrie (W Central Ave. & 1st St. NW) and Moultrie Municipal Airport (Airport Dr.)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015565
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Moultrie Trail Description

In deep South Georgia, Moultrie is a small city with big Southern pride. Billing itself as the "City of Southern Living," Moultrie boasts a thriving agricultural industry, historic homes, commercial buildings and a state-of-the-art athletic center. Its centerpiece is this 7.5-mile rail-trail, as varied as the city it traverses. In a matter of miles, the Moultrie Trail (a.k.a. Tom "Babe" White Linear Park) will whisk you from woodlands to streetscapes, or from a quiet cemetery to a busy restaurant.

Following an old CSX rail bed, the trail leads from downtown Moultrie past a recreation complex and a middle school, through a residential area, and past a country club. You'll cross US Highway 319 before emerging at Moultrie Municipal Airport.

As well as providing excellent recreational space, the trail is a viable and valued transportation corridor with a variety of access points. Williams Middle School students use the trail as a route to school, while high school football fans park a few blocks away and walk to games via the trail. Colquitt Regional Medical Center patients and staff also use the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

The main trailhead is downtown at the intersection of GA 37/West Central Avenue and First Street NW. Park at the adjacent Wesley Ballpark at First Street NW and First Avenue NW.

To reach the Lower Meigs Road trailhead, take US Highway 319/GA 33/GA 35 (East Bypass) to US Highway 319 Business, which becomes Main Street. Drive north about 2 miles and turn left on Lower Meigs. Trailhead parking is 100 yards ahead on the right.

To reach the Moultrie Municipal Airport trailhead, take US Highway 319/GA 133/GA 35 (East Bypass) to Airport Drive. Minimal parking is available at the airport, though it's not officially designated as trail parking.

The trail is also accessible via Williams Middle School (1000 Stadium Drive) and the adjacent Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex.

Contact:
City of Moultrie
P.O. Box 3368
Moultrie, GA 31776
(229) 985-1974

Moultrie Trail Reviews

It's hot in South Georgia during August, so ride this trail in the morning. There is a good bit of shade but about 1 and 1/2 miles are out in the open. Best place to park is at the Lower Meigs Road trail head. It's a nice parking lot, but no restrooms. You can go north to downtown or south to the airport from here.
We started at the downtown end and road south to the airport. The portion from downtown to around the West View Cemetery really needs some attention,i.e. garbage strewn along the trail, broken glass and grass over-growing the edges. After that rough part, the trail was very nice and is used extensively by walkers, runners and bikers. Crossing US-319, a major four-lane highway, was all right, if you pay attention and use the crosswalk which has signals. The first mile after crossing US-319 is out in the open with a number of driveways and road crossings, then it slides back into the trees until you reach the airport. Shady and peaceful along this part.
Overall a good ride, (we did the entire 15 miles out and back.)

If I could add half a star, I'd give 4 1/2 stars for this event. The trail is very nice, much of it wide enough for three abreast. The "trail proper" is attractive, intermittently shaded, and well off the road. As mentioned in the reviews, connecting trail areas are somewhat less appealing. Also, I agree that trail signage could be improved, as well as adding numerical addresses for trail heads.
The apres ride aspect of Moultrie's square? 5 stars! Lunch at Three Crazy Bakers (wonderful!) and interesting boutique shopping around the picturesque courthouse square. Pick up BBQ to go on the way out of town at The Barbeque Pit. Last stop before Valdosta? Peaches in Barney!

I lived in this town my first year out of college and rode my bike out in the country. This trail was not here then . I was surprised at how ruff some parts were in my velomobile but the starts and stops were many in town. After you get out of town it was a nice ride. Only saw one other rider in the whole time on the trail.

Accordion

We really enjoyed riding on this trail. We went on a Saturday and parked at the airport. Rode all the way to the end and back for a 15 mile ride.

The trail was nice and had some very nice scenery.
The part I liked the least was riding beside the busy hwy, and having to cross the hwy at a red light.
We used the pedestrian crossing, waited for the walk signal- about halfway across the road, it turned to "No walk" without any countdown, or warning! Luckily, the cars waited- but that was pretty scary to me!

The next time we ride the trail, I may park downtown and skip the Highway side of the ride.

The best place to park is the Tom "Babe" White Linear Park at Lower Meigs Rd and Main St. There is a map of the whole trail there and you can either go north a couple of miles to downtown Moultrie or south about 5 miles to the end near the airport. The farthest south couple of miles are along the main bypass highway and not scenic. The rest is very nice and nearly flat (being S. Georgia). You can see the old railroad mile markers and there are now bike trail mile markers with zero at Lower Meigs Rd.

"Once we found the trail, it was wonderful! However, there are no signs directing bicyclists to any of the trailheads, and there are no maps to indicate how many miles go either way. "

"Nice paved multi-purpose trail. The nice part is near town though. At one end you're just riding along the highway towards the airport - busy, noisy, and not pretty. Level enough for little ones. Parking lot behind the CVS Pharmacy."

"The Moultrie Trail -- a rails-to-trails conversion -- is an excellent trail that runs 5.2 miles. For the most part the trail is fairly flat. Beginning riders will have no prblem doing the ride. From the Main Street parking lot near the Citgo Gas staion to the bypass is nearly half the ride. More pedestrians are on the first mile or so.

Once you cross the Moultrie Bypass on your way to the airport there is little to no pedestrian traffic. You can ride that section twice, going through trees on both sides plus the backyards of a few homes. By the time you get back to the start you will have a nice fifteen mile ride.

-Rhino, Fayetteville, Ga"

"I have ridden this trail several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. I travel in an 18 wheeler (with bike) and can park at the BP truckstop by the trail!

Can the trail be lenghtened any at either end? That would be nice! Thanks for a nice place to ride and exercise!

-Bob in Douglas, Georgia"

This paved trail lies on an old rail bed. It offers some southern charm in an in-town setting. The trail has few grades and is relatively easy riding although an out and back is still a great late afternoon workout. A convenience store midway down the trail affords refreshment for those needing it. The north end of the trail is busier and the south end is well shaded.

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