New GUTS Thursday Night Group Run
Come run with GUTS at the Jones Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Park System on Thursdays at 6 PM. This run is about 5.5 miles, but can easily be repeated for additional mileage.
The Jones Bridge trails are beautiful and well-groomed singletrack, following the river and a couple of different ridges through the woods. Deer and blue heron sightings are almost guaranteed. Along the way, you will see the ruins of the park’s namesake: Jones Bridge. The bridge is an antiquated vehicular bridge that was abandoned in 1922 but was used until the wooden floor boards rotted. Around 1940, during the war, about half of the bridge was dismantled and stolen for scrap metal to sell in the open markets. The thieves never returned for the second half of the bridge, which still stands today.
See the NPS website for directions to Jones Bridge. Please note that when you turn into the unit, there is a large brown sign. (On Barnwell Road, just before you get to the park unit, there is another brown park sign for the Environmental Center — ignore that one and look for the sign into the Jones Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Park System). After turning right at the sign, you will follow a long road until it dead ends into the main parking lot.
Parking is $3.00 (self-pay; credit cards accepted if the machine is working) unless you have an annual pass for the Chattahoochee River Parks. (If anyone wants to meet and carpool into the park to avoid/share the parking fee, there is a Starbucks at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge and Barnwell, across from Kroger).