Tired of being cooped up all winter? Need a breath of fresh air? We’ve got the perfect hiking spots to fulfill your active cravings and that New Year’s resolution you just committed to! Grab a friend, some hiking boots, some sunscreen, and get out to one of Milledgeville’s five most popular outdoor destinations. From scenic walking tours to intense hiking trails, Milledgeville offers an outdoor experience suitable for all types of nature lovers.
So, don’t miss your chance to spring into action and accomplish that active, outdoorsy resolution, especially before it gets too hot!
1. OCONEE RIVER GREENWAY
With too many Oak trees to count, lovely picnic tables, the dog park, and the roar of the river, the Oconee River Greenway remains one of the most popular springtime destinations in Milledgeville. Ride your bike, hike, or stroll one of the family-friendly trails, perfect for little ones. The Greenway also includes several fishing stations and a boat ramp perfect for a relaxing day on the water or a kayak trip, rent here. These amenities are waiting to be used, so get out there, have fun, and be sure to pop over while out and about downtown Milledgeville. It’s less than a mile away!
2. SELMA ERWIN
Selma Erwin trail suits all hiker preferences. This intermediate-level hiking spot is equipped with several different loop options to cater to light or strenuous workouts. For a calm stroll with the family, it might be best to stick to the .75 mile connector trail. If you want more of a push, go for Bill’s 2.5-mile cut through. For an intense workout, try the new back connector trail that covers almost 7 miles of outdoor paths. Be sure to wear a helmet for this bumpy mountain bike trail and no matter which loop you choose, the forest is sure to be full of blooming Azalea bushes and mountain flowers in the spring.
3. BARTRAM FOREST
8.8 miles of pure hiking. That’s right. Bartram Trail, a fan-favorite, offers a more immersed nature experience for your hiking needs. This loop trail is for all skill levels of hikers, accessible all year round, and dogs are welcome! Snap some pictures from the outlooks over the pond, which provides a beautiful backdrop no matter what time of year. If you’re into archery hunting, Bartram has you covered. This forest is classified as a Wildlife Management Area to help protect and sustain our furry friends in the wild. This trail definitely pushes the limits of some hikers but makes for a great way to get outside and stay active.
4. HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
If you’re looking for an urban hike full of historical facts, try checking out the Historic Walking Trail. Stroll past Georgia’s Old Capitol Building, now on the campus of Georgia Military College, as well as dozens of antebellum era homes (think Gone with the Wind architecture) for some self-guided historical strolling. For an in-depth learning experience and a break from that tough work-out, we offer a trolley tour every Wednesday – Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.
5. LOCKERLY ARBORETUM
Boasting 50 acres of gardens, walking trails, and a pond, Lockerly Arboretum was founded in 1965, by Mr. E. J. Grassmann. This Milledgeville treasure features flowering shrubs such as camellias and azaleas, and a variety of trees including oaks, magnolias and a 301 year old section of a bald cypress. A 1 mile nature trail is home to many mature hardwoods, ferns and wildflowers. The centerpiece of Lockerly is Rose Hill, a National Register, Greek Revival style home built in 1852 by Daniel R. Tucker. Visitors can walk the trails, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the tables near the pond, watch birds and wildlife, and explore the mansion. .
So, with so many options to choose from, go out there, get on the grind, hike some trails, feel the sun, and show Milledgeville that you can and you will accomplish that New Year’s resolution to get outside and get active!