From January 2018 through February of 2019, GHMPO conducted two separate trail studies simultaneously to analyze possible trail connections in both the Gainesville and South Hall areas. Alta Planning + Design, a national firm that specializes in the planning, design, engineering, and implementation of various bicycle and pedestrians projects, was chosen to conduct the two studies for GHMPO. The Gainesville Trail Study explored possible routes to connect the Midtown Greenway trail near downtown Gainesville to the north end of the Chicopee Trail. The South Hall Trail Study similarly explored possible routes connecting the Oakwood and Chicopee Trail areas with the multi-use path along Friendship Road near Flowery Branch.
The figure to the left highlights various trail segments that were recommended within the Gainesville & South Hall Trail Studies (click for a larger view).
Gainesville Trail Study
The City of Gainesville has several existing high-quality multi-use trails along with a sophisticated mountain bike trail network. Connecting this network of trails will futher establish Gainesville as a regional hub for walking and biking. With this study, GHMPO and the City of Gainesville are taking the next step in implementing this vision. The purpose of this study was to explore potential alignments connecting the Midtown Greenway to the Chicopee Trail along with preparing GHMPO and the City in moving forward with design and fundraising. The study document includes existing conditions assessment, alignment alternatives, a preferred alignment, and implementation strategies. The recommended trail system will ultimately provide a continuous, off-street, paved trail loop connecting places such as the University of North Georgia - Gainesville Campus, Hall County Government Center, Flat Creek, Lee Gilmer Airport, Chicopee Woods, Chicopee Villiage, the Midtown Greenway, and Downtown Gainesville.
The South Hall Trail Study area focused on central and southern Hall County, specifically from the Chicopee Trail in Oakwood to the multi-use pathways along Friendship Road. The recommended trail system would ultimately provide a continuous, off-street, paved trail loop connecting places such as the University of North Georgia - Gainesville Campus, Hall County Government Center, Flat Creek, Lee Gilmer Airport, downtown Oakwood, downtown Flowery Branch, the Falcons Training Camp, the Spout Springs Library, Cherokee Bluffs Park, Williams Mill Greenspace, and several area schools. The study document includes existing conditions assessment, preferred alignments, and implementation strategies. Please see the following links for the full study documents: