WHAT IS A GREENWAY?
A greenway is a linear park. It is about conservation, recreation, environmental education and alternative transportation. Our greenway is an investment in the future of Forsyth County, a county with open green spaces for people as well as natural areas for plants and animals.
The Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County is a 12-foot wide concrete and boardwalk path meandering through the deciduous woods along the Big Creek. The greenway offers an ideal setting for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating.
HOW LONG IS THE BIG CREEK GREENWAY?
Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County, from McFarland Parkway to Bethelview Road, are now open and span approximately 6.8 miles (click here to see a map of Phases 1, 2 and 3). When the future Phases 4 and 5 are completed, the greenway will span approximately 15 miles in Forsyth County.
WHERE CAN THE GREENWAY BE ACCESSED?
A trail head access point at 5120 Bethelview Road offers parking and serves as an excellent place to begin your adventure. A temporary trail head is located at Exit 12, east of Highway 400 on McFarland Parkway and accommodates approximately 50 vehicles.
A trail head for the Big Creek Greenway is also located at Fowler Park, located in south Forsyth County at 4110 Carolene Way, off of Atlanta Highway across from the intersection with Castleberry Road. Please note: Visitors to Fowler Park should utilize the parking lots for their vehicles. Please do not park along Carolene Way.
These areas will be open from dawn to dusk. Nearby residents are encouraged to walk or cycle to these locations.
A large portion of Phase 1 of the Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County was funded by state and federal funds. Phases 2 and 3 were funded by Impact Fees. Funding for Phases 4 and 5 is to come from the $100 Million Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in February 2008.
Use trail only during daylight hours
No alcohol or drugs
No off-road vehicles or golf carts
No horseback riding
No camping off of greenway
All pets on a leash
Pedestrians have the right of way
Greenway is not designed for high-speed use; please do not exceed 15-mph
Please self-monitor your speed by not exceeding 110 feet in 5 seconds
Per Georgia law, no person under the age of 16 years shall operate or be a passenger on a bicycle on a highway, bicycle path, or sidewalk under the jurisdiction or control of this state or any local political subdivsion there of without wearing a bicycle helmet.
GREENWAY SAFETY AND ETIQUETTE
Click here to view a video about safety on the greenway.
The Big Creek Greenway is a popular trail for citizens to walk, jog, bicycle and inline skate. With a diverse group sharing the greenway, please follow the safety and etiquette tips below for everyones use of the greenway to be enjoyable.
Use the trail only during daylight hours.
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
Stay on the trail surface.
Stop, look and yield to traffic at crossings.
Cyclists and skaters should wear helmets.
Visitors are encouraged to use the buddy system and use the trail in pairs or groups.
Be courteous and respectful to other users.
Respect the privacy of adjacent landowners.
Travel in a consistent and predictable manner.
Keep right as you use the trail. Pass on the left and give a courteous and audible signal of your intention to pass.
Clean up your litter - help keep the trail clean for others.