Vickery Creek Trail

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Vickery Creek Multi-Use Trail

Tributary trails leading to the Chattahoochee Riverlands trail are a key component of the proposed Riverlands trail plan.  The Vickery Creek trail, as proposed by local trails advocacy group Roswell Creekways, would connect from the Chattahoochee and Roswell Riverwalk trail to Oxbo Road trail.  Representing the final leg of the Big Creek Greenway Trail makes this trail one of the most exciting opportunities for adding a signature multi-use trail to Roswell’s network of trails.  Not only would the route connect to massively popular destinations and existing trails along the river, Old Mill Park, Oxbo Road and Waller Park it would enable future connectivity to the Big Creek Greenway via a scenic trail route that would be relatively flat and away from busy car traffic for much of its course.  Currently the Big Creek Greenway is planned and/or under construction from Sawnee Mountain in Cumming to the Oxbo Trail on Oxbo Road.

Proposed Vickery Creek Trail Route along existing trail and sewer lines
Proposed Vickery Creek Trail Route along existing trail and sewer lines

The addition of a Multi-use trail along the full route would not only create a destination trail, but would greatly improve access and accessibility between the destinations along the route and facilitate greater distribution of usage and parking along the route and ultimately link into a regionally significant trail that would be a must visit between the Big Creek Greenway and Riverwalk trail and the future Chattahoochee Riverlands trail.

RoswellGIS Vickery Creek Map 2 - riverwalk to allenbrook-01

The key southern portion of the trail would create a connection from and to the Roswell Riverwalk that continues the natural experience  of the existing Riverwalk trail and provides improved access to the Allenbrook section of the NPS unit.

  1. Create trail underpass that is multi-use below planned bridges of Gateway project
  2. Include connectivity to bridge to Sandy Springs and path Hwy 9 to square
  3. Continue main trail north along creek following the current footpath/sewer easement
  4. Opportunity for mitigation with removal of the extensive english ivy and privet throughout this section and replacement with native plants
RoswellGIS Vickery Creek Map 2 - Mill Falls to Oxbo Road-01

Creating a northern connection between Oxbo Road and Waller Park will provide a new way to reach the popular falls and relieve pressure from the current overcrowded parking area.

  1. 0.6 miles route
  2. 0.3 miles of new Multi-use trail in National Park along proposed abandoned trail - remaining route is along existing 8’ gravel City of Roswell Trail
  3. First ever ADA accessible route to falls
  4. Connection to Oxbo Trails Parking plus additional Parking at Waller Park and beyond
  5. Two new bridges across Vickery Creek connecting NPS and City of Roswell Trails
  • PARKING ACCESS:
    • A primary issue for both Vickery Creek NPS unit and City of Roswell Old Mill Park is overuse of specific parking areas and trailheads.  A primary benefit of project will be connecting destination points to multiple parking and trailhead options along the route alleviating pressure from parking lots, trailheads, and some of the most overused trails.
  • IMPROVED MULTIMODAL CONNECTIVITY:
    • A primary goal will be to connect a multitude of natural, cultural, civic areas to each other and the surrounding community along an accessible route that reduces elevation challenges and eliminates nearly all conflicts with cars and human powered access.
  • ADA ACCESSIBILITY TO FALLS AND VICKERY CREEK:
    • There is currently no ADA access to the Mill Falls and outside of limited access at Old Mill Park there is no other ADA access in the Vickery Creek Unit - one of the most popular units in the entire CRNRA system.  This proposal brings the possibility of significant ADA access to the Vickery Creek Unit and the Old Mill Falls 
  • CREATE A PRIMARY ROUTE
    • Creating a central spine on a more accessible and sustainable trail can alleviate pressure on existing trails along rugged terrain that are experiencing significant wear and erosion and help focus management resources on a narrower, higher use route
    • Trail route could follow existing trail and sewer easements requiring improvement and avoiding undisturbed areas.  

Unfortunately, the Vickery Creek Trail plan has been omitted from the current Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area trails plan.  Thankfully, this plan is under public review and open for public comment until April 15th.

CALL TO ACTION

National Park Service Trail Plan is open for public comment.  Learn how to comment in support of the Chattahoochee Riverlands preferred route and multi-use trails to connect our region!