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Old 04-12-2018, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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With the completion of the bridge over South Marietta Parkway, the Mountain to River Trail is now complete within the city limits of Marietta, running from Kennesaw Mountain, through Marietta Square and south to the city line. Once a small section in unincorporated Cobb County is complete, it will stretch through Smyrna and beyond, eventually reaching the Chattahoochee River and the Silver Comet Trail.

In celebration of the completion of the Marietta section, the city and the Marietta Arts Council have organized the M2R Trailfest for this weekend:

"The City of Marietta is pleased to announce it will partner with the Marietta Art Council to celebrate Marietta’s long-awaited Mountain to River Trail on April 14-15, 2018 during the M2R Trailfest

The M2R Trailfest will stretch from Lewis Park near WellStar Kennestone Hospital, through the Marietta Square and ends in Brown Park. Be there from the beginning as attendees travel along the trail and enjoy a wealth of artistic talent as the trail will feature performing and visual artists along Marietta’s new Mountain to River Trail."

https://www.facebook.com/CityofMarie...55576507243831

| Marietta, GA
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Vinings
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That new bridge is nice:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/marie...rwEIXEuV5iQDN/
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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It really is. Imagine a passenger train running over the trestle right next to it. It just might happen!
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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And just think , in a few years they can host a lantern parade
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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More than 15 years in the making? How have I not heard of this? Looks nice
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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More than 15 years in the making? How have I not heard of this? Looks nice
And people say the BeltLine is slow...
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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More than 15 years in the making? How have I not heard of this? Looks nice
They've done it in stages, I believe, and of course the 15 years include project conception and design phases. If memory serves me, it's been funded via a series of different SPLOSTs, plus the federal grants. The bridge over the North Loop has been in place for several years, but the work along the tracks just west of the Square (this section looks great - mostly brick) and the bridge over the South Loop (very attractive design and a shallow enough grade to be comfortable and safe for both pedestrians and cyclists) are the final additions that tie the whole project together.

Bonus: just before the bridge over the South Loop, heading south, there's a break in the fence, creating an entry/exit point to Douceur de France, the best French bakery in metro Atlanta. Now perhaps my occasional run for an almond croissant will be slightly less guilt-laden, if I do it on foot.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Vinings
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Is it planned to eventually actually reach the river?

Man, there really needs to be more river integration, in Cobb and Atlanta. Blows my mind that there isn't more.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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Nice!

I am probably missing it but is there a link to a map of the trail?
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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Is it planned to eventually actually reach the river?

Man, there really needs to be more river integration, in Cobb and Atlanta. Blows my mind that there isn't more.
Yes. Currently there's a small gap just south of the city limits, on West Atlanta Street/Road. Then it picks up again. Fortunately that road is lightly traveled and should be fine for cyclists and probably even pedestrians until they can complete that section of trail.

The crossing of Atlanta Road at West Atlanta Road is not ideal; hopefully that gets improved at some point. Once it's on the other side of Atlanta Road, it'd not exactly pretty and probably never will be - it's running along Dobbins and a Lockheed manufacturing plant, after all - but it's very flat and straight with very little interaction with cars. I often see it being pretty well used and expect that utilization will increase significantly with the completion of the Marietta section.

After it gets to Spring Road, it runs along that all the way to Cumberland Blvd, where it crosses 285. It then heads down Cobb Parkway to Paces Mill, where it ends at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. (That stretch is so steep, however, that I wouldn't fancy riding a bike on it, either ascending or descending.)

It's not perfect but it's very much a step in the right direction, and the section within the Marietta City limits is particularly well done.
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