New Hope Church Road
By Betsy Hutton
Directions: Drive north on Thomasville Road, past County Road 12 on the left, and turn right on Sunny Hill Road. Sunny Hill starts out paved and then becomes clay.* Drive 3.5 miles to New Hope Church Road on the left. The little New Hope Church, which is used one Sunday morning a month, is on the corner. You can park in the church’s dirt “parking lot.”
New Hope Church Road is a graded, one lane, mostly shaded, dirt road that runs for 3.75 miles north into Georgia, where it dead-ends in Metcalf Road. Except for two or three small homes, this country road runs between Abernathy and Firman plantation land. Out and back is 7.5 miles. Turkey, deer, and other tracks are abundant on the road. It’s peaceful and quiet. Vehicles are rare and can be heard coming for miles Dogs are not evident. This road has three pretty good hills.
If you want a longer run, you can turn right on Metcalf Road and run 3.2 miles to Spring Hill Road. (Pavement starts after 1.5 miles.) Turn right on Spring Hill and run 2.8 miles back to Sunny Hill Road in Florida (Spring Hill Road becomes “Old” Centerville Road at the Florida/Georgia line). Turn right on Sunny Hill and run 2 miles to New Hope Church Road and your car. A few vehicles and dogs may be possible on this section. The whole circuit is 11.75 miles.
*Sunny Hill will undergo more paving in the near future.