Happy Trails: The Bob Callan Trail Extension Grand Opening

Happy Trails: The Bob Callan Trail Extension Grand Opening
July 29, 2019 Cumberland CID
Bob Callan Trail Ribbon-Cutting

Cumberland CID, in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Cobb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation, opened the much anticipated one-mile extension of the Bob Callan Trail in a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Bob Callan and Kim Menefee

Kim Menefee Presents a Gift to Bob Callan – Photo by Flip Chalfant

Before the official ribbon-cutting, guests had a chance to hear from Cumberland CID executive director, Kim Menefee, Cumberland CID chairman, John Shern, Cobb County Board of Commissioners chairman, Mike Boyce, and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s executive director, Doug Hooker. If you missed the event, everyone’s remarks can be heard on our Facebook Live video, including a special presentation of a framed watercolor to the trail’s namesake himself, Bob Callan.

The Bob Callan Trail, now totaling three miles, is a pristine connection to national parkland at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), and is a hidden gem within the Cumberland area. The completed sections 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 new section of trail, with a trailhead located at Interstate North Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard, includes 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 even paved with a sturdy porous concrete designed to allow rainfall to filter through to the ground.

Bob Callan Trail Extension Ribbon-Cutting

Photo by Flip Chalfant

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.

Be sure to stop by the new portion of the trail soon to experience an amazing natural space right within the Cumberland CID. The Bob Callan Trail is a perfect example of Cumberland CID’s work to improve connectivity, enhance greenspace and support integrated transportation solutions throughout the region.