|Trail Length: 6.8 miles||Type of trail: In and out|
|County: Forsyth County, GA||Our rating: E|
|Features: stream, paved, handicapped, family, bathrooms||Your rating:|
|Usage: Medium||Added on: November 20, 2011|
|Last hiked: February 15, 2014||Updated on: March 01, 2014|
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Hiking trails in Forsyth County, GA
The Greenway path is a lineal park featuring a 12-foot wide concrete poured path and incorporates boardwalks in environmentally sensitive wetland areas. Norcross-based Pond and Company designed the Greenway for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating. There is a 15-mile-an-hour speed limit throughout the Forsyth Greenway, including entrances and parking lots. No smoking is allowed with the park. There are four developed entrances to the trail, McFarland Road, Fowler Park, Union Hill and Bethelview Road.
As city planners for both Roswell and Forsyth County saw Alpharetta's success they wanted to extend the trail into their communities. Forsyth has led the way, completing 6.8 miles of pathway and planning 7 more miles. But Forsyth County would have to wait for a connection to Fulton County's Big Creek Greenway to extend to McFarland Road in order to join the larger plan.
Big Creek/Vickery Creek
Vickery Creek rises in Forsyth County, south-southwest of the city of Cumming. The creek was named for the owner of the land at the headwaters, a Cherokee woman named Vickery. As the settlers moved west they began calling the stream Big Creek. The stream runs some 13 miles to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River just east of the bridge on Highway 9. Today the river is known by both names.
On The Trail
North of Union Hill the trail once again becomes a boardwalk, crosses Big Creek on a concrete bridge and returns to boardwalk. The distance on the mile markers is reset as the trail passes the Union Hill parking area. My understanding is that the mileage resets on each new section, and the first section was indeed from MacFarland Road to Union Hill.
The trail continues north to Fowler Park at 1.1 miles (total hike at this point is 3.3 miles). Open in February, 2011, Fowler park is a great stop for the kids, with a skateboard park, multiple pavilions, a 1.5 mile walking trail and a dog park. At 1.7 miles the mileage is reset for the last section of the trail, from Atlanta Highway to Bethelview Road.
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