Construction on the Standing Boy Property of a robust network of natural-surface, multi-use trails with minimal facilities that will preserve the property in its natural state.
The Standing Boy Property consists of over 1,500 acres in north Columbus, bordered on the north by Old River Road, the south by the Green Island neighborhood, the west by the Chattahoochee River, and the east by Standing Boy Creek / River Road. The property is owned by the Department of Natural Resources. It is a Wildlife Management Area. See the Trail Map.
The property’s undeveloped nature, size, topography, and location make it unique, and the proposed trail system will be unique in the Southeast because of its topography, quality, mileage and variety of trail, and proximity to Uptown. This potential can be unlocked for an investment that is relatively small compared to the value of the property.
Approximately 25 miles of natural-surface trail, including a variety of trail types (to accommodate users from beginners, including kids, to experts) in a stacked loop design. Most of the trails will be shared use (foot traffic and bikes). The remainder will either be foot-traffic-only or bike-only. The trails will be professionally designed and constructed. Please see the Master Plan, Trail Map, and FAQ for more information.
In addition to the often-recognized benefits of increasing appreciation for and stewardship of nature, reducing obesity, and improving overall wellness, our community will benefit in a couple of additional and very important ways.
First, a trail system will dovetail with existing efforts such as Young Professionals. International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) member median household income is over $100K and over 70% of members have college degrees.
Second, a trail system will have synergy with Whitewater and our revitalized Uptown area. Trail users – especially mountain bikers – will travel to ride well-constructed trails, often staying overnight and bringing their families.