New Sustainable Trails for Sope Creek
Contact: Visitor Information Center, 678-538-1200
Beginning on September 24, 2010 there will be many positive changes occurring in the Sope Creek unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The National Park Service, through an Active Trails grant sponsored by Coca-Cola and administered through the National Park Foundation, will be re-working the trail system in order to protect park resources and provide for an improved visitor experience. Some trails will be closed while new trails will be built. As a result of this project, the Sope Creek unit will have a sustainable trail system that follows the contours of the land, is less confusing to navigate, and easier to maintain. Without these improvements, trails would continue to erode and remain difficult to navigate.
The trail construction work will be completed under a contract with Trail Design Specialists to implement a trail master plan which was determined last year through an Environmental Assessment. The projected length of the project will be approximately six months. During that same period of time, park volunteers and members of SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) will work to close eroded trails and begin the re-vegetation process. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to work on the trail re-vegetation project, please contact the park at 678-538-1200.