Mile Posts Newsletter

 Autumn 2014


It was a busy summer.  


We celebrated 15 years of trail building by holding a walk on the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center's multi-use trail, which was the first trail project completed by Newton Trails.  More than a dozen people joined us on our first overnight trip to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina. The Oxford Trail looked great for the September community walk thanks to numerous people who participated in a trail workday the week before.  We also enjoyed getting together with many fellow trail lovers at our most recent social.


The autumn season not only brings us cooler weather but also some changes to Newton Trails' Board of Directors. Read more about this, a group of trail riding friends, and about our upcoming events below.  


Happy Trails,


Ellen Moyle, Chair of the Communication Committee 

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Feature Story


"Memorial Day is when we officially became biker chicks," laughs Lynne. Lynne Coleman, Vanessa Nolley and Theresa Ricks are always laughing, wiggling, making faces at each other and sharing a smile. Their cheer is contagious and so is their love of cycling.


Read more about this trio of trail loving friends


Newton Trails' first overnight trip was a great success with 16 enthusiastic cyclists and walkers enjoying the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina.  On Saturday, September 6th, we biked from the Greenville Zoo through downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest. The trails follow an old railroad so there were never any big hills to climb.

Trail Updates

On Saturday, August 23rd, Newton Trails held a Community Walk at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our first major trail project. After a short hike up a path, we hit the multi-use trail and were blessed with a lovely, five-mile shaded loop through the woods.


Read more about our Community Walks 

Invasive Weed Smackdown on the Oxford Trail

The Oxford Trail looks great due to the efforts of all the volunteers that came out on September 20th to clean it up. A huge THANK YOU to our volunteers who pulled privet, cut brush, picked up trash, and cleaned debris. We had a great time and we could not have done it without all of you.
Troy University Helps Keep Us Cool and Refreshed

Our community trails walks and bike rides have been great ways to get outside, meet fellow trail lovers, enjoy nature and get some exercise.  We are thankful to Troy University and Bill Zoncacchio, who have kept trail walkers and riders hydrated by supplying bottles of water.
Thank You to Burrito Loco

Thank you to Burrito Loco for hosting our most recent social and for providing us with chips and salsa as well as a $50 donation. We had over 30 trail lovers/enthusiasts come.  It was a fun event with good friends and delicious food.
Board News

Newton Trails is proud to announce Sara Vinson as new chair and the addition of Tara Geoffroy and Hugh Burnett to the board of directors. A member of the board since 2012, Sara has served previously as Newton Trails' secretary and chair of the Fundraising Committee. She is taking up the mantle of leadership from Florian Pohl, who is leaving the board after four years of service.

Trail of the Month

Greenville's Swamp Rabbit Trail is a great example of an incredibly successful rails-to-trails project. Our recent trip to visit this trail has confirmed the benefits of multi-use greenway trails. Healthy outdoor living and economic vibrancy was seen and felt everywhere along the trail.

Newton Trails T-shirt Contest

Congratulations to Vanessa Nolley , winner 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.