The multi-use Bob Callan Trail will connect millions of square feet of Cumberland commercial space to 840 acres of national parkland
Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation, will open the one-mile extension of the Bob Callan Trail in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. The new multi-use pathway will extend the trail north ending short of Windy Hill Road, following along the Rottenwood Creek.
The Bob Callan Trail, now totaling three miles, is a pristine connection to national parkland at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), and the completed sections will span from the CRNRA Palisades – Paces Mill Trailhead to south of Windy Hill Road. The multi-use pathway connects 32 million square feet of Cumberland commercial space to 840 acres of national parkland. The Bob Callan Trail is part of a 60-mile network of multi-use trails that are existing, under development and planned in and around the Cumberland area, with 38 miles already constructed by the CID and area partners. The Cumberland trail network connects to the Silver Comet Trail, Mountain-To-River Trail, Noonday Creek Trail and, once fully built out, will connect to the Atlanta BeltLine, among others.
“We are thrilled to officially open the Bob Callan Trail extension to the public. It gives those who live, work and visit in the Cumberland area access to an amazing natural space with biking, hiking and recreational amenities within an otherwise urban environment,” said Kim Menefee – executive director, Cumberland CID.
Menefee continued, “The Bob Callan Trail highlights all of Cumberland CID’s primary goals: improving connectivity, creating beautiful multi-modal environments, enhancing recreational areas and greenspace, and supporting integrated transportation solutions to further connect the district throughout the region.”
Starting at the Bob Callan Trailhead located at Interstate North Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard, pedestrians and cyclists will find six new boardwalk sections, a steel truss bridge spanning a creek tributary, a viewing overlook and resting areas with benches at trail access points. The trail itself is paved with a sturdy porous concrete designed to allow rainfall to filter through to the ground.
Another one-mile addition to the Bob Callan/Rottenwood Creek Trail is planned to extend further northward to Terrell Mill Road. This extension is divided into two segments, with one shorter segment that begins where the Bob Callan Trail terminates and ends north of Windy Hill Road, where outdoor enthusiasts will find a new trailhead with free parking. The second segment, being developed by Cobb County, will extend the Bob Callan Trail along the west side of the new connector road. The design for the final phase to Terrell Mill Road is complete and construction is anticipated to begin in late 2019. The City of Marietta also is developing plans to eventually connect the Rottenwood Creek Trail to the Bob Callan Trail at Bentley Road, which will provide a connection to Kennesaw Mountain.