Welcome to the home of Bridging the Trail where you can find out everything you want to know about the efforts of Leadership Macon 2016 to clear two miles of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and install a bridge to allow visitors to get from Amerson River Park to Riverside Cemetery, all while traveling along the Ocmulgee River on the OHT.

Through this site, you can learn more about our progress as we work to clear the trail and raise the funds to to purchase the bridge!

– Leadership Macon 2016

Support Bridging the Trail

All donations to support Bridging the Trail are tax-deductible, and there are many ways to donate!

    • Online: Visit the NewTown Macon website donation page!
      • After entering the donation amount, you will be asked to “Select a Fund.”
      • Please select Leadership Macon 2016. (Do not select “Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Expansion.”)
      • Continue entering the relevant information, and click “Submit” when you are done!
    • By Mail: Mail your checks, made payable to NewTown Macon with LM 2016 in the memo line to earmark the donation for this project, to:

NewTown Macon, Inc.
555 Poplar Street
Macon, GA 31201

    • In Person: Fill out the contact form below, and a member of Leadership Macon 2016 will contact you (via phone or email) to discuss your donation.

About Bridging the Trail

Together we are Bridging the Trail! We have created this page to document the progress made as we work together to Bridge the Trail through our class project. – Leadership Macon 2016

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is currently comprised of eleven miles of trail but lacks much-needed connectivity. Our class determined that we would help to expedite the efforts of the OHT and friends and partners of the OHT by Bridging the Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Amerson River Park, increasing the length of the trail to thirteen miles!

As part of our project, Leadership Macon 2016 will:

  • Raise the funds necessary to purchase an eighty-feet long steel pedestrian bridge that will span the fifty feet culvert that is used to re-route run-off water from the interstate to the Ocmulgee River.
  • Work together as a class, along with Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification, the OHT, and the Macon Water Authority, to clear approximately two miles of trail.
  • Engage the Macon-Bibb community to promote the OHT and Amerson River Park.

Thank you for visiting, and please visit our Donations Page to learn how you can support Bridging the Trail!


Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsorship

$25,000 SOLD!

Naming rights to the steel pedestrian bridge northwest of Riverside Cemetery with beautiful views of the Ocmulgee River that will span eighty feet

Platinum Sponsorship

$10,000 SOLD!

Naming rights to a beautiful overlook along the new addition to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Gold Sponsorship

$2,500 SOLD!

A bench named in your honor or in memory of a loved one along the new addition to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Yellow Poplar Sponsorship


Recognition as a Yellow Poplar Sponsor on the dedication plaque placed by the bridge

Loblolly Sponsorship


Recognition as a Loblolly Sponsor on the dedication plaque placed by the bridge

River Birch Sponsorship


Recognition as a River Birch Sponsor on the dedication plaque placed by the bridge

Boxelder Sponsorship


Recognition on a double-sized brick placed as part of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Friends of the Trail Sponsorship


Recognition on a brick placed as part of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Contact Us

If you have questions, thoughts, comments, or would like to donate to Bridging the Trail, please fill out the form below, and a member of the Leadership Macon 2016 class will contact you shortly!