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Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning

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The Southern Georgia Regional Commission and the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization undertake regional efforts for bike and pedestrian planning. These efforts include the development of local bicycle and pedestrian plans, assisting local communities with planning, implementing, and operating bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and working to improve 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.
See the Southern Georgia Bicycle Route Map

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Programs & Resources

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 Southern 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 – 2700 North Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA

Withlacoochee River-North Canoe Trail – Madison County, FL

Madison County Loop Trail – Madison County, FL

St. Mary’s River Paddling Trail – Folkston, GA

Senior Walking Maps

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.
Southern Georgia Senior Center Walking Route Maps
Douglas Senior Resource Guide (2018)
Tifton Senior Resource Guide (2018)
Valdosta Senior Resource Guide (2018)
Waycross Senior Resource Guide (2018)