May 2018 Update
The Albany to Sasser Rail Trail is being built by the City of Albany and will be complete by spring of 2020. The trail follows the right-of-way of an abandoned rail line that heads northwest out of Albany through western Lee County and on to Sasser in Terrell County. The trail will feature different environments of southwest Georgia including urban development in Albany, suburban growth in Lee County and the rural farm and forest lands of both Lee and Terrell.
When complete, the Rail Trail will be a 13.62 mile, 12-foot wide multi-use asphalt trail leading from downtown Sasser to just north of Tift Park in Albany. The trail will provide a multitude of benefits to both the surrounding population, but to visitors as well. While primarily a recreational opportunity, trails also improve community health, increase nearby property values and enhance economic development potential. People and businesses want to live and operate in places with access to multi-use trails.
The Rail Trail will include trailhead facilities in Sasser and near Tift Park in Albany, as well as two in Lee County. These will include automobile parking, restrooms, and drinking water. There will also be parking areas to access the trail on Slappey Boulevard and at the end of 13th Avenue.
|Project Stage||Complete By||Estimated Cost|
|Design||Complete by March 2018||$3,000,000|
|Construction||Complete by March 2020||$3,000,000|