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Cook’s Greenway Trail | Best Places To Run in Athens, GA

Around Athens, I generally stick to the UGA Intramural Fields. However, if you drive about 10 to 15 minutes north of UGA to the Sandy Creek Nature Center, you’ll find Cook’s Greenway Trail, which is one of the best places to run in Athens, GA. Here’s what it’s like…

Facts

Distance – 4.1 miles (one-way) to Sandy Creek Park

Directions (click here for Google Maps)

Nuisance Factor – Beginning and end of the trail (about .5 mile) has a lot of exposed roots and rocks (annoying to Vibram runners). There’s a few wet spots here and there to avoid, and a few fallen limbs and trees. Avoid the trail at dusk – hoards of sand gnats invade the trail. Otherwise, nothing too annoying.

Bonus Factors – Beautiful boardwalk above the Creek for portions. Honeysuckles overhang portions of the trail giving the air a sweet, luscious smell during the Spring. Relatively flat terrain. Lots of wildlife (you’ll trip over all the bunnies…who get to be annoying after awhile). Very little foot traffic.

Photos

Under 441 Bridge On Cook's Trail
Under 441 North
Over Sandy Creek Athens, GA
Over Sandy Creek
Down Cook's Trail
Down Cook’s Trail
Looks Like The AT
Looks Like The AT
Long Boardwalk
Long Boardwalk
Wetlands On Sandy Creek
Wetlands On Sandy Creek
Boardwalk Runs Above The River
Boardwalk Runs Above The River
Rivers Converge
Rivers Converge
Along The Sandy Creek
Along The Sandy Creek
Lots of Benches For Picnics
Lots of Benches For Picnics
Tree Tunnel
Tree Tunnel
Trail Begins/Ends Below Dam #71
Trail Begins/Ends Below Dam #71
Obstacle Course = Avoiding Bunnies
Obstacle Course = Avoiding Bunnies
Brook Begins
Brook Begins
Running Along The Creek
Running Along The Creek
Trail Ends/Begins Under 441 Again
Trail Ends/Begins Under 441

Go run Cook’s Trail in Athens, GA. Here’s the directions to the south trail head in Sandy Creek Nature Center.

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