By Audrey Andrews | June 23rd, 2020
10th Avenue to Psalmond Road:
230 feet elevation gain
The Fall Line Trace is a gem of Columbus, Georgia. Most roads in the city are unfortunately not pedestrian-friendly, so the Fall Line Trace is much-needed recreational path. Running from the Chattahoochee River Walk at the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge to Psalmond Road, the Fall Line Trace covers a total of 10.5 miles.
From the River Walk to the start of the Dragonfly Trail is 1.5 miles. These are sidewalk miles I recommend skipping if you are not running/ walking from the River Walk. I was dropped off on 10th Avenue, at the start of the defined Fall Line Trace and headed northeast. Almost immediately, the trail seems to dead end against a brick building and the signage is a bit unclear. Proceed across the street, turn left and then round the corner of the building and head straight; the trail proper picks back up soon enough.
Throughout the Fall Line Trace, there is virtually no elevation gain, making this is lovely flat run if you’re looking to get in easy miles. Much of the trail is shaded, a must in the stifling summer Georgia heat. When trees are in bloom, the path can feel a bit like a jungle.
Around mile 5 (from the River Walk), the path parallels a road. Shadeless, this is perhaps the most unpleasant part of the journey. The Fall Line Trace crosses roadways in numerous places, but the junctions are quite safe; crosswalks with flashing signs are prominent and every car has yielded to let me make my way across, running or walking.
About 1 mile from the end of the Fall Line Trace, the path skirts the edge of Flat Rock Park. The immediate area around Flat Rock is the highest-trafficked section of the trail. Flat Rocks has the most parking near the trail and offers plenty of recreation itself. I found the Fall Line Trace by exploring Flat Rock and was amazed to find out it traverses all the way to the River Walk.
10.5 miles in total, the Fall Line Trace ends in a small parking area. The trail is great to travel with friends, as two cars allow for a point-to-point run, which I find inherently better than an out-and-back. I hope Columbus continues to expand their running routes, perhaps by extending the Fall Line Trace beyond Flack Rock. Between the River Walk and the Fall Line Trace, Columbus boasts better running routes than most cities.