Bike Effingham was started in 2019 as a way to provide those in need with bicycles for enjoyment and transportation free of charge. We have since expanded to include organizing community rides for fun and fitness. We also continually seek ways to improve bicycle infrastructure in Effingham County. Our goal is to expand existing parks to include biking facilities and bike trails, assist in the development of new parks and trails, and to educate riders and drivers on bicycle rules and safety. Effingham County is a wonderful place to live! We want to help make it a wonderful place to enjoy a bicycle ride!
What If . . . .
What if Effingham County had a 26 mile long trail stretching from the north end of the county near Oliver to the south end at Meldrim? There is a rail bed that follows the highlighted route below. With enough supporters, voices and funding, this trail could be a possibility one day! There is no dedicated walking/biking trail that long in this area! The health and economic benefits of such a trail are enormous! Get involved with Bike Effingham and get ideas like this one brought to life!
Nancy Hanks Trail
The Nancy Hanks was a popular Central of Georgia Railway and later Southern Railway passenger train in Georgia running between Atlanta and Savannah. It was named after a race horse that was named for Abraham Lincoln's mother. The name is even older than the mid-20th century train derived from that of a short-lived but famous steam special, the Nancy Hanks. The earlier Nancy operated in 1892 and 1893.
Nancy Hanks II made its first trip on July 17, 1947. "The Nancy", as it was affectionately known, was an all-coach, reserved-seat train with grill lounge service. The train had an average speed of 48 mph (including stops) and made the 293.7 mi (472.7 km) journey in 6 hours. It left the Central of Georgia Depot in Savannah daily at 7 a.m., running to Atlanta Terminal Station via Macon Terminal Station, and returned from Atlanta at 6 p.m. (18:00).
Despite its popularity in Middle Georgia, the Nancy suffered a marked decline in ridership during the 1960s, in tandem with the larger decline of rail service during this period. As a result, the Nancy made its last run on April 30, 1971, the day before Amtrak came into being. Atlanta's Terminal Station was demolished the following year.