Trail Studies

The Project

In 2017, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, in partnership with City of Gainesville, City of Oakwood, City of Flowery Branch, and Hall County, received transportation funding through the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Metropolitan Planning (PL) Fund. The grant covers planning funds for two trail corridor studies.

Building on efforts by community stakeholders and local government agencies, the Gainesville and South Hall Trail studies will examine the feasibility of two trail corridors that provide a coordinated vision for active transportation investment and recreational outlet in Gainesville and southern Hall County. The study will develop project recommendations that maximize walking and bicycling potential in high-demand areas by connecting those areas with high-quality, comfortable, and safe trail corridors.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization is managing a Project Management Team for the trail study in partnership with Alta Planning + Design. The Project Management Team includes officials from the City of Gainesville, City of Oakwood, City of Flowery Branch, and Hall County. The trail study will determine a priority trail route that is accessible to all users and provides connectivity, recreation, and active transportation choices.

As part of the process, we want to hear from you. The project team will be reaching out to community members across the study area to learn more about where you’d like the trails to connect, and how they might benefit economic development and quality of life. There are many ways to get involved and provide input.

*Lines above are general about the study and not predetermined.

Get Involved:

Take Online Survey  English - Spanish

Attend an Event
Find us at one of several upcoming community events.

Contact Us
Send us an email or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Project Timeline
Phase I
  • Data Collection
  • Inventory and Analysis
  • Existing Conditions Mapping
  • Stakeholder interviews
Phase II
  • Preliminary recommendations
  • Public engagement
  • Determination of preferred alignment(s)
FALL 2018
Phase III
  • Refinement of recommendations
  • Development of planning document
  • Public engagement
  • Implementation plan


Over the course of the next several months, the project team will be traveling across the study area gathering information and collecting input about trail connections in south Hall County and Gainesville:

  • Look for us at community events throughout the spring and early summer
  • Take our online survey to submit your opinions about trail connections in your community
  • Look for a public open house to take place this Fall
  • We'll interview relevant agencies, businesses, groups, and organizations
Spring Chicken Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Spout Springs Branch Hall County Library
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Send us an email at info@gainesvillehalltrails.com or use the form.

You may also email Joseph Boyd, Transportation Planner at jboyd@hallcounty.org