Newton Trails is hosting a series of community walks exploring health, safety, community-building and economic benefits of trails in Newton County.
The first walk, dubbed “Walk with Two Docs” takes place Wednesday, April 6 on the Eastside Trail. The walk, in partnership with Piedmont Newton Hospital, begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastside High School end of the trail. During the walk, learn about the physical benefits of walking from Piedmont Newton Chief Medical Officer and doctor of internal medicine Dr. Norris Little, and Chief of Medicine and doctor of orthopedics and sports medicine Dr. Ryan Tomlins.
On Wednesday, April 13, Newton Trails hosts a walk for trail safety and community building. The walk will begin at the Newton County Library/Chimney Park end of the Eastside Trail at 6 p.m.
During the walk hear how trails build community and pick up a few trail safety tips from Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and Covington Police Chief Stacy Cotton.
On Wednesday, April 20, Newton Trails hosts a walk on the economics of trails and recreation on the Yellow River Park trails.
The walk, starting at 6 p.m., will meet at the Porterdale Depot on Railroad and Broad Streets across from the Porterdale Mill Lofts.
During the walk find out how Porterdale is using trails and recreation as an economic development tool from Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson.
The final walk in April will be about finding spiritual and mental health on the trail.
The walk will depart from the Old Church on Wesley Street in Oxford at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.
During the walk learn about the effect trails can have on our spiritual and mental health from Avis Williams, local minister and community activist and Dr. Doug Gilreath, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church.
Participants who attend three of the four walks will receive a Newton Trails T-shirt.
For more information, visit newtontrails.org and follow Newton Trails on Facebook.