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Greenway and Trail Planning

Noonday Creek Trail Extension Scoping Study (X2544)

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Noonday Creek Trail is one of eight trails identified by the public for prioritization in the 2018 Greenways & Trails Master Plan

Kicked off in the Spring of 2022, the Noonday Creek Trail Extension Scoping Study will examine the possibility of extending the Noonday Creek Trail from the Bells Ferry Trailhead northward to Noonday Creek Park.  This study aims to evaluate various options for closing this critical gap in the regional trail network between Bells Ferry Road and Shallowford Road.

The study is expected to conclude in the Spring of 2023.

Get Involved

In 3 minutes you can help the team:

  • Understand how people use the existing trail and nearby public spaces
  • Get ideas for a potential future extension of the trail 

The survey closes on July 8, 2022!

Public Meetings

In-person and virtual opportunities for public input will be provided throughout the study. Specific dates, times and related information will be posted as available.  

Questions

Please contact the County’s Project Manager at Laura.Beall@cobbcounty.org or the Consultant Team Project Manager at erin.thoresen@greshamsmith.com for any questions or comments you may have regarding the study.

Study Documents

Coming soon!

Study Process

The study will:

  • Gain an understanding of the existing and future conditions in the study area
  • Assess the environmental and cultural resources
  • Develop feasible alignment and concept design alternatives
  • Evaluate alternatives and recommend a preferred alternative based on public input and guiding principles
  • Engage stakeholders, including residents, trail users, community groups, and local institutions, to gain an understanding of how people use the existing trail and nearby public spaces, and to get ideas for the extension of the trail 

Guiding Principles

Study recommendations will be guided by the following criteria and considerations:

Regional Trail Connectivity

The proposed trail connects the existing Noonday Creek Trail in Cobb County with the segment of Noonday Creek Trail currently in development that runs from downtown Woodstock in Cherokee County to Shallowford Road in Cobb County. Construction of the Woodstock-to-Shallowford segment is expected in early 2023. 

This connection will allow travel from downtown Woodstock to Kennesaw Mountain, through Marietta to the Silver Comet Trail and the Cumberland area, and eventually across the Chattahoochee River to the Atlanta BeltLine, creating a trail of regional significance.

Funding

The Noonday Creek Trail Extension Scoping Study (X2544) is funded by a grant provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission with local matching funds provided by Cobb County Special-Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Currently, no funding has been identified for the implementation of this trail segment. Part of this study will examine potential sources of funding, which may include SPLOST, grants, and other sources.

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Heritage Park Trail
Planned Trail Network

This map shows the trails and trail connections planned throughout the county.

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Trail System Map
Existing Trail Network

This map includes existing trail as well as trails that are in design or under construction.

Completed Greenway/Trail Studies & Plans

Chattahoochee River Trail Conceptual Master Plan and Feasibility Study (2004)