Mile Posts Newsletter                                                                                    Spring 2015



March 28 was the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Opening Day for Trails, and we hope you were able to mark the occasion with a bike ride, run or walk on one of our local trails. We're confident that next year we'll be hosting a big Opening Day event on our own rail trail, celebrating all the way from Covington to Newborn.


In the meantime, we have a full calendar of events to promote trail use in Newton County and beyond.  After reading our feature story, you won't want to miss the Community Walk along the Yellow River in Porterdale. Also, you'll want to make time to explore the unique and beautiful granite outcrop ecosystem at Lake Varner in May and join us for our Second Annual Overnight Trip to ride (or walk) the Chief Ladiga Trail in Anniston. Off the trail, we hope to see you at our Spring Social at the Village Grille at Ashton Hills Golf Club on Thursday, April 23. We have lots to talk about! 


Happy trails!


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Feature Story

Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman is seldom at a loss for words--especially when promoting her city. But, she's been sitting silent for a very long pause, and I'm worried I've stumped her. Maybe it's an unfair question: describe everything going on in Porterdale in one word.



Newton Trails has received a $3000 grant from the Newton Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. We're especially proud of this grant award because the application process is rigorous and...

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Newton Trails is excited to be an official sponsor of this year's Georgia Trail Summit in Athens.  If you're interested in learning more about the movement to create a world-class network of trails in Georgia, we encourage you to join us in attending the summit.  

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 Finding Native Flora and Fauna on the Trails

From the river and wetlands bordering the Yellow River Trail to the stark beauty of Lake Varner's granite outcrop and the varying woodlands found at Turner Lake and the Oxford and Eastside trails, you'll find a full range of flora and fauna.   Read more 


Monday, April 20th, 2015.
6:00-7:00 PM
Porterdale city manager Bob Thomson will show us the new park and boat launch along the Yellow River as we walk the trail in Porterdale. We'll learn what's next for this up and coming historic mill town. Read more

Thursday, April 23rd (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
Join us at The Village Grille at Ashton Hills Golf Course (10400 By Pass Road, Covington) for the latest trail news, great company and food. We'll even buy your first drink if you're a Newton Trails member. Read more 
Sunday, May 3rd and Every First Sunday of the Month (3:00 PM) from the Covington Square
The Community Bike Ride is a monthly, no-drop, group bicycle ride co-sponsored by Newton Trails, the Covington-Newton County Visitors Center, and Main Street Covington. It is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon any time of year. Read more  

Tuesday, May 12th
6:30-7:30 PM 
Theodosia Wade, senior lecturer in biology at Oxford College, will be the guide for a walk to the Lake Varner granite outcrop.  Come learn about some of the plants and their adaptations to this unique environment.   
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Saturday, May 16th-Sunday, May 17th 
We are looking forward to our Second Annual Overnight Bike Trip--this year traveling to Anniston, Alabama to ride the Chief Ladiga Trail which connects with the Silver Comet Trail at the Alabama state line. 
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Saturday, June 13th
9:00-10:00 AM  
Let's walk and talk in the shade of the Eastside Trail.  Bring a friend, your family and dog or come alone to enjoy Covington's flagship, multi-use trail.   
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Trail of the Month

The 55-mile Montour Trail in Pennsylvania is our Trail of the Month.  Not only does the trail cover some beautiful scenery, it's also a rail trail developed and managed by volunteers.  Sound familiar?  We can learn a lot by studying the Montour Trail Council's example.
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Newton Trails T-shirt Contest
Congratulations to Patti Lanford, winner of a Newton Trails t-shirt. 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.