Mile Posts Newsletter

 Summer 2014


There has been a lot going on with Newton Trails in the last 3 months. Some highlights include our second Community Trails Walk, the second annual Bike to School event, and our recent volunteer events where volunteers helped clean up the Oxford Trail.  In September, we will be holding our first overnight community bike and walking trip to Greenville, SC to enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Read more about these events in this newsletter and consider joining us in Greenville, SC.


Happy Trails,


Ellen Moyle, Chair of the Communication Committee 

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Feature Story


Kim Degonia hits the Eastside Trail about 4 times a week-walking, bicycling with her 3 sons, or running with the family dog. Along the way she sees people she knows, even her mail carrier. Sometimes she and her children will see wildlife like squirrels, deer, rabbits, or a stray chicken! What she does not see is the 20 pounds she has lost since she started trekking the Eastside Trail. 

Newton Trails will be traveling to Greenville, SC, on Saturday, September 6th for an overnight trip to experience the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Downtown Greenville. The Swamp Rabbit Trail passes through Downtown Greenville and is part of the revitalized downtown which includes dozens of restaurants, new hotels and a park along the river. Newton Trails has a block of rooms reserved at a reduced rate. Click here for details.
Trail Updates
On Saturday, June 21st, Newton Trails explored the Eastside Trail together during our second Community Trails Walk. Because both families with young children and fitness walkers showed up, we split into two groups to accommodate the varying speeds. Everyone had a great time and it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to fellow trail lovers and explore the beauty of one of our trails. Read more about the next walk on our website. 


The Oxford Trail is sure to impress visitors at the July 4th celebrations. The upper section of the spur behind Old Church looks terrific: berms mowed, trees pruned, brush cut, privet gone; and a domed friend relocated a few feet farther away from the edge of the trail. A big shout-out to our volunteers and board members who came out to yesterday's work session.  


Read the press coverage of the event in the Covington News


Two New Ways You Can Support Newton Trails
Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Newton Trails when you shop through AmazonSmile (  It's the same Amazon you know. Same products, same price, same service. Simply  click on the Smile link , and you'll find yourself on the AmazonSmile homepage with Newton Trail-Path Foundation Inc. listed at the top.  You can also install the AmazonSmile Button to your toolbar to make shopping and supporting trails in Newton County easy. 
Newton Trails is now participating in Kroger's Community Rewards program.  By registering your card online and choosing Newton Trails as your Community Rewards organization,you can help raise money for trails in Newton County.  Once registered, each time you use your Kroger Plus card, Newton Trails will receive a percentage of the sale.  Payments are made quarterly with the potential to raise up to $24,000 annually.
GA Trail News


With its most recent addition the South River Trail now extends all the way to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Take a look at this map provided by the Rails to Trails Conservancy to see how much the momentum for multi-use rail trails is growing in Georgia.

In April Newton Trails was part of a dynamic committee that planned the first trail summit in Georgia in 15 years. The Summit was endorsed by more than 40 trail-related groups committed to realizing a first-class trail network in Georgia. Read an executive summary of results by the numbers as well as an excellent article on the American Trails website  by veteran trails writer Herb Hiller of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Trail of the Month
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) just recognized Ohio's Great Miami River Trail. Read more on the organization's webpage about the Rivertrail and RTC's advocacy for the development of a nationwide trail network from former rail lines.
Newton Trails T-shirt Contest
Congratulations to Sarah, Chris, Ellie and Maddie Bankston , winners of  "I <heart> Trails" tees. Become a member or renew your membership today and you could be our next winner. If you can't wait another three months, you can purchase a T-shirt and other merchandise in our online store.