Mile Posts Newsletter                                                                                 Winter 2017

The response to our recent call for donations has been overwhelming , and we have the  concrete  evidence to prove it! W e encourage you to visit the newly-paved trail section that begins at Elm Street and will run to Floyd Street. Parking is available at the Newton County parking deck.  Note that the trail is open to pedestrians and bicyclists only. No motor vehicles, except motorized wheelchairs, are permitted. 

To celebrate the trail paving accomplishment, please join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:45 PM for the Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting, Naming Ceremony and Second Annual Every Body Walk Newton kick off By sustaining our great momentum with your continued membership, sponsorships, and donations, we can move ever closer to the long-standing vision of a 15-mile rail trail across Newton County.

We also ask you to vote YES for a continued SPLOST on Tuesday, March 21. SPLOST dollars will fund important quality of life projects throughout our community, including the Yellow River Trail. 

Learn more about all that's happening on the trails in Newton County in the articles below.

Happy trails!

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Newton Trails thanks the following individuals for  in-kind service contributions .
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Penelope England
Scott Fuss
Florian Pohl
Randy Vinson
Connie & David Waller


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Feature Story
Rail Trail Guide: Turner Lake Road to Emory Street

This is the first in a series of articles looking at segments of the Newton County Rail Trail from the inside out.
On October 15, 2016, Newton Trails celebrated the soft opening  of a 1.5-mile section between Turner Lake Rd. and Emory St.   It's called a "primitive rail trail" for now, because the uneven surface covered by the crushed gravel left when the tracks and ties were removed.  It's a perfect path for hiking, casual walks, and perhaps mountain biking -- but, not so well-suited to road bikes, comfort bikes, strollers, or personal mobility devices.  Imagine something between the natural wonder of the Appalachian Trail and the defined edges of an unpaved country lane - without the cars - and you get the idea.   Read more

Community Rallies to Pave First Half Mile of Rail Trail

In response to an urgent  fundraising appeal that began at the end of January, over 50 individuals, businesses and organizations helped Newton Trails raise over $34,000 in just two weeks to cover the costs of paving the first half mile of rail trail in Covington.   Read more  
Vote YES to Continue SPLOST and Support Trails on March 21- Early Voting Begins February 27
On March 21, 2017, Newton County residents will be asked to vote on the 2017 SPLOST. Included among the wide variety of projects that will benefit the community is the Yelllow River Trail.   Read more   
Piedmont Healthcare Sponsors 2017 Walks   
Piedmont Healthcare has become Newton Trails' first platinum level sponsor. As such, Piedmont Healthcare will be the sole sponsor for the second annual Every Body Walk Newton series in April as well as other Newton Trails walks throughout 2017.   Read more  
H.B. Fuller Grant Supports Youth Service Opportunities

H.B. Fuller, an international corporation with a plant in Covington, recently awarded Newton Trails a grant to support youth service opportunities in Newton County.    Read more
Newton Trails Sponsors Theme School Walking Program

This past fall, Newton Trails began sponsoring a lap tracker system at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett as an effort to  promote student health and wellness. Read more

Rail Trail Adopt-A-Spot Offers Trail Care Opportunities

Now that sections of the Newton County rail trail are officially open to the public, Newton Trails has launched a rail trail adopt-a-spot program. Individuals, families, groups, and businesses are invited to participate.    Read more  
Rail Trail Walk and BBQ Lunch in Mansfield

Saturday, February 25th (11:00 AM)
Meet at Beaver Park for an easy, one-mile walk into Mansfield. From there, participants can decide whether to continue on to East Bear Creek or head to Where There's Smoke BBQ for lunch.  Read more     
Covington Community Bike Ride 

Sunday, March 5th and Every First Sunday of the Month (3:00 PM) from the Covington Square
The Community Bike Ride is a monthly, no-drop, family-friendly bicycle ride. I t is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon any time of year.  Read more   
Second Saturday Rail Trail Work Sessions

Saturdays, March 11, April 8, and May 13
(9:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Join us for a morning work session on a Covington section of rail trail in preparation for Every Body Walk Newton. Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate! 
Second Annual Every Body Walk Newton!

Wednesday, April 5 and Each Wednesday in April 
(5:45 on April 5; Subsequent Wednesdays 6:00 PM) 
Our popular Wednesday walk series is back! Attend three out of the four community walks to earn a special edition Newton Trails t-shirt. Sponsored by Piedmont Healthcare.   Read more     
Georgia Trail Summit in Columbus

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22
The Georgia Trail Summit is an annual conference
that connects Georgia's trail community. Newton Trails is a participating sponsor of this year's summit, and we invite trail supporters to join Newton Trails board members for this fun learning and networking opportunity.  
Newton Trails Road Trip to Augusta

Saturday, April 29th - Sunday, April 30th
Travel with us to experience Augusta trails. Come for the day or spend the night for additional bike/walk opportunities.  
Trail Spotlight
Georgia's Firefly Trail

The Firefly Trail is a planned 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point in Northeast Georgia, connecting Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties.  Support for the trail comes from SPLOST, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services, as well as individual donors. 
Trail View
The best view in town. Dave Bernd, vice president of the Newton County Office of Economic Development, took this photo of the newly-paved rail trail from his bedroom window.