The Athens to Savannah Ride is the annual fundraiser for the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail.
The Georgia Hi-Lo Trail takes the path less traveled…
Connect two trail projects to form a 250-mile paved, road-separated path through small Georgia towns from Athens to Savannah.
1) Firefly Trail - begins in Athens and will end in Union Point, a distance of 39 miles when completed. Firefly Trail, Inc. began their work in 2007 and have been true “trail blazers” across small communities in Georgia.
2) Georgia Hi-Lo Trail - will connect to the Firefly Trail in Union Point and continue on to Savannah – a 211-mile stretch through rural Georgia.
This ride was started in 1999 by Ken Sherman, as a challenge from one of his teachers, Wallace Salter. That first year there were just two riders, Ken and Wallace. After a four year hiatus, the ride resumed in 2003, with three others who had heard about their 2-day, 200 mile adventure joining in. The ride grew from there. Now, each year since (with a break in 2019), approximately 100 riders have gathered together to ride this 2-day challenge from Athens, Ga to Savannah.
In 2019, Ken handed the AthSav ride baton over to Mary Charles Howard, Founder of Georgia Hi-Lo and past Founder of the Agro Cycle Tours (farm tours around Athens, Madison & Monroe, Ga from 2011 - 2016). We did not host the ride in 2019.
When the AthSav Ride picked up again in October 2020, the route established a slightly new route that closely aligns with the proposed Georgia Hi-Lo Trail path.
After a successful 2020 Athens to Savannah Ride, we decided to expand this experience to be a 3-day ride. This annual ride is now planned to coincide with the University of Georgia's bye-football week each year in October.