Gwinnett has unveiled a draft Countywide Trails Master Plan with nine “Signature Trails.” Courtesy Gwinnett County

Gwinnett trails master plan unveiled for review

Gwinnett recently unveiled a draft Countywide Trails Master Plan envisioning a network of county trails connected to city and community improvement district trails to create a seamless, interconnected web of bike and pedestrian pathways.

As part of the 320-mile network of trails, the study proposes nine “Signature Trails,” regionally significant trails with amenities and connectivity between destinations. Some, such as the Sugar Hill Greenway, are being built by cities. Some will stretch across multiple cities and connect to adjacent jurisdictions.

Many of the Signature Trails were included in the plan’s Core Trail Network, a series of trails that are envisioned to be built by 2040. The plan recommended some quick-win projects, such as the Western Gwinnett Bikeway, a proposed 18-mile trail located along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from Suwanee to Peachtree Corners, and part of the Harbins Greenway, a 17.4-mile trail connecting Harbins Park to Bay Creek Park to Tribble Mill Park to Loganville.

One major project discussed is the Chattahoochee Trail Network, a potential 100-mile, regional trail along the river from Buford Dam to Newnan that would require partnerships among multiple agencies. Gwinnett officials have already met with the National Park Service and surrounding cities to explore ways to help build the trail.

Gwinnett Board of Commissioners will review the plan next. Take a look at the master plan: www.tinyurl.com/GwinnettTrailsPlan.

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