Arabia Mountain! The Path foundation is responsible for all the lovely trails at Arabia Mountain, and for a total of 160 miles of trails in Georgia. Some of the trails make use of unused rail lines and if you click on that link above you will find a video that shows the Silver Comet Trail making use of an old railroad trestle. (That is what looks like a high bridge at the very beginning.)
If you don't believe that a very small group of individuals can make a difference, you will believe it after you watch that video. Towards the beginning, you will see a close up of white blossoms on a tree, those are dogwoods that are blooming and they are at their peak just now! Even though this is mostly of the Silver Comet Trail, at the end when the biker goes over the bridge, that trail over the South River is right here in Rockdale County! They are working on the trail now and it will follow the South River to the Monastery. This is wonderful news for us as we are only five miles from the Monastery.
Yesterday, on our drive to the baby shower that I attended, we drove past beautiful farmland and pastures and ... an unused railroad line with a very high railroad trestle! There was a big sign posted that said, "NO RAILS TO TRAILS" and my Daddy told me that the people who live there are fighting the idea of a trail coming to that part of the county (it is Newton county, the next county over from Rockdale.) I have read that the neighbors of Arabia also fought it at first, but were gradually convinced to allow it and now, it appears, that all are happy with the arrangement of having a nature trail almost in their back yards...
I still plan to do a post on the National Parks, I have so many wonderful notes that I have taken ...but since I can hardly read my own handwriting these days, it will have to wait... if you get the chance to watch that video, let me know what you think!