Maffitt, Charles McKean
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The purpose of this thesis is to propose a means of integrating mountain bike-friendly trails into the Oconee Rivers Greenway while expanding the greenway system to include new connections to the Middle Oconee River and to Ben Burton Park, in keeping with the original Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Parks & Recreation Master Plan. In addition, it will also attempt to illustrate how partnerships with mountain bike advocacy groups can help accelerate and promote the Greenway’s development as a resource for the urban community. The thesis will identify ideal corridors for overland connections between the Middle and North Oconee Rivers and will illustrate how a mountain bike trail traversing this corridor would be beneficial not only to local cyclists, but to the Athens-Clarke population at large.