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Walking trails at Lanierland and Matt Community parks opened for use to the public
Matt Community park
Matt Community Park

With weather getting a little nicer, minus some incoming rain, new walking trails are also opening at a pair of Forsyth County parks.

Recently, walking trails at Lanierland, 6115 Jot Em Down Road, and Matt Community, 6555 Wallace Tatum Road, parks opened for use to the public. Both parks are in north Forsyth County. 

“We are pleased to offer residents these latest additions to the county’s park system,” District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said in a news release. “With great amenities such as these new trails, it comes as no surprise that Forsyth County was recently named Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth consecutive year.”

The Lanierland Park trail is 2.6 miles long and goes through open fields, tree covered areas and alongside a creek. The head of the out-and-back trail is located near the park’s main parking lot. The trail allows walking and jogging.

At Matt Community Park, the trail is a “stacked loop” trail totaling 3.06 miles for walking, jogging and mountain biking. The trail entrance is located near the back of the park.

“Trails are the No. 1 amenity requested by residents,” Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said in the release. “By adding these two trails, the county now has just under 50 miles of trails for the citizens to enjoy.” 

In addition to the trails, each park features four synthetic-turf rectangular fields, a playground, picnic pavilions, restrooms and parking. 

Both trails were built using funds from the 2008 Parks and Recreation Greenspace Bond and impact fees.