Georgia Hi-Lo Trail & Path Foundation Begin Work to Connect Eight Georgia Counties

September 13, 2023

Searching Hi & Lo to Bring America’s Longest Paved Trail into Focus

Sandersville, GA, September 13, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Georgia Hi-Lo Trail Inc. announces the release of the documentary short film, Searching Hi & Lo that explains the vision to bring the longest paved trail in the United States to rural Georgia.

After three years of fundraising, the nonprofit Georgia Hi-Lo Trail is on track to secure the first round of funding this fall. Funds raised will support work by the nonprofit PATH Foundation to collaborate with communities and identify the course of the 211-mile trail as it passes through the eight-county area including Greene, Hancock, Washington, Johnson, Emanuel, Bulloch, Effingham, and Chatham Counties.

“As we come into the home stretch and begin to identify the exact path of the trail, we needed to share our vision with a larger audience,” explained Mary Charles Howard, Executive Director of Georgia Hi-Lo Trail Inc. “Communicating the full scope of the plan and all the benefits can be a challenge. We leaned on James Preston-White to distill down our vision into a relatable message. As a documentary film maker, he always manages to communicate exactly how we feel. Every time I watch it, I can’t believe how lucky we are and how far we have come! I am forever grateful for the support that has gotten us to this point. From superstars like philanthropist, Ben Chestnut and Philip Wu, who leads our Kids Bike League partnership with Brag Dream Team, to those who donate a few dollars or volunteer a few hours, we are thankful to EVERYONE who helped move this project forward.”

Searching Hi & Lo debuted in select theaters and is now available on GeorgiaHi-Lo.com. As the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail project has gained momentum, media attention has increased. The most recent article was published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution this month.


Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Inc. is a 501(c)3 with a mission to connect and empower rural Georgia through a paved trail that will join communities across an 8-county area. When complete, the 211-mile Hi-Lo Trail will connect to the 38-mile Firefly Trail and create the longest paved trail in the U.S. Georgia Hi-Lo Trail initiatives that promote the organization’s values and raise awareness for the mission include Kids Bike League and Athens to Savannah Ride.

Made possible by a grant from the Chestnut Family Foundation and under leadership of BRAG Dream Team, Kids Bike League programming ensures children in the eight-county region have equal access to bikes, opportunities to ride, and empowerment for growth.

The Athens to Savannah Ride serves as an annual fundraiser to support the mission of the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail. The 2023 edition will take place October 19th through 22nd. Cyclists choose between a 3-day road ride or 4-day gravel ride. Both routes offer 285 miles of amazing riding, and whether the terrain is paved roads or Georgia red clay, everyone finishes on the Atlantic coast at the Savannah River.

For media inquiries contact Mary Charles Howard, Executive Director of Georgia Hi-Lo Trail. Email hello@georigaihilo.com or call 706-338-8054.