The Southern Georgia Regional Commission and the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization undertake regional efforts for bike and pedestrian planning annually. These efforts include the development of Regional Plans, project development and the education and promotion of bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the Region. Through the programs below and others, the SGRC and VLMPO work to encourage biking and walking in the region.
New! Below are maps that show how bicycle and pedestrian commuting have changed in our region from 2000 to 2015, mapped by Census Block Group.
Read more about Bike and Pedestrian planning in the region...
|Bike Route 10/20 Analysis||Bike Route 15 Analysis|
|Southern Georgia Regional Bike and Ped Plan||Valdosta-Lowndes Bike and Pedestrian Plan|
|Douglas Greenway Assessment||Tifton Area Greenway Best Practices Report|
|Adel Bike/Pedestrian Facility Assessment||Downtown Waycross Bike/Ped Facility Assessment|
|Tifton Area Greenways Master Plan||Complete Streets Best Practices|
|GA Grown Trail 37/41 Bicycle Route Report||Model Bike/Pedestrian Ordinance Report|
|Aging in Place Toolkit||Bike/Ped Community Health Assessment (VSU)|
|South Georgia Rails-with-Trails Report DRAFT||Complete Streets Suitability for Valdosta and Lowndes County|
|FY2017 SGRC Bicycle & Pedestrian Crash Report |
Scenic Byways Program ...
The Scenic Byways Program is a grassroots program that can provide funding for construction of facilities such as trailheads, multi-use paths, or way-finding signage along scenic highways. Currently there are no Georgia Scenic Byways in the Southern Georgia region. Perhaps your community can be the first! Read the Scenic Byways Brochure
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)...
The Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program is part of a national (and international) movement to improve the health and well-being of children in grades K-8—including those with disabilities—by making it safe, convenient and fun to walk or bike to school every day.Read the Willacoochee Elementary School SRTS Plan.
Public Hiking and Walking Trails of Southern Georgia
Within the Southern Georgia region there are a variety of walking and hiking opportunities on both rural and urban trails. Typically the trails are either locally owned or part of a state or federal park or natural area. Below is a list of the most prominent local walking and hiking trails in the region.
Paulk Park Nature Trail - Perry House Rd., Fitzgerald, GA. (.25 miles)
Douglas Greenway Trail - 1311 S. Patterson Ave., Douglas, GA. (2.3 miles)
Lake Irma Trails - N. Temple St., Lakeland, GA (.9 miles)
Azalea City Trail - N. Troup St., Valdosta, GA (2.8 miles)
Ponderosa Trail - E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA (.1 miles)
Langdale Park Trails - N. Valdosta Rd, Valdosta, GA (Various Lengths)
Dasher City Hall Trail - 3686 US HWY 41, Valdosta, GA (.25 miles)
There are also several state and federal lands with hiking and walking trails open to the public in the South Georgia region.
Okefenokee Hiking Swamp Trails – Suwanee Canal Rd., Folkston, GA (9.45 miles)
General Coffee State Park Trails – 46 John Coffee Rd., Douglas, GA (4 miles)
Reed Bingham State Park Trails – 542 Reed Bingham Rd., Adel, GA (7 miles)
Jeff Davis State Park Trail – 338 Jeff Davis Park Rd., Fitzgerald, GA (.33 miles)
Banks Lake NWR Trail – GA. HWY 122, Lakeland, GA (.4 miles)
Laura S. Walker State Park Trails – Laura Walker Rd., Waycross, GA (1.6 miles)
Some additional hiking and walking opportunities in the area include the trails around the lakes of the Paradise Public Fishing Area in Enigma, Georgia and the boardwalk to the Kinderlou Tower in the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area in Valdosta.
Four Freedoms Trail – Madison County, FL
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Canoe Trail
Withlacoochee River-North Canoe Trail – Madison County, FL
Madison County Loop Trail – Madison County, FL
St. Mary’s River Paddling Trail – Folkston, GA
In partnership with the SGRC Area Agency on Aging the transportation department has worked to develop information for seniors that help them navigate the communities in which they live and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning