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Two parts of greenway will open Wednesday
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Forsyth County News
Starting Wednesday, residents can enjoy a three-mile stretch of riverside trail in southwestern Forsyth County.

The sections are the first of the multi-phase Big Creek Greenway to open.

They can be accessed at 5120 Bethelview Road, which has a gravel parking lot for visitors, according to a news release from the county.

The 12-foot-wide multi-use concrete trail snakes along the edge of Big Creek. The trail will eventually span 15 miles beside the stream.

The path will be open during daylight hours for visitors looking to walk, jog or ride their bikes. A similar “linear park” runs along Big Creek in neighboring Fulton County.

Funding for the Big Creek Greenway comes from the $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond, as well as impact fees collected on new development.

Phases 2 and 3 will be open to the public Wednesday. Phase 1, which is between McFarland Road and Atlanta Highway, is scheduled to be finished in October.

Phases 4 and 5 will stretch north from McGinnis Ferry Road to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve on Spot Road. Construction of these sections is scheduled for early 2011.