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About Walt Ray

Walt Ray is a landscape architect and planner who recognizes the value of public dialog and consensus building in developing the public realm. Walt works with the Trust for Public Land to activate and preserve the Chattahoochee River and its valley through planning, capital projects, programming, and marketing.

2020 Georgia Trail Summit Update

To preserve the health and safety of our attendees, presenters and staff,  the Georgia Trail Summit has been postponed to November 8-9, 2020. We have a very exciting summit planned and are working with our presenters to shift as much of that programming as possible to November. We are confident that we’ll be able to announce programming for our November Georgia Trail Summit in the upcoming days.

At this time we have all been affected by the Coronavirus. Our thoughts are with our communities as we figure out the way forward.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mallory Costen at

What are these breakouts really about?

Connecting past to present and water to land, this year’s breakout sessions cover a wide range of topics. Addressing trail development from funding to design to marketing, 2020’s breakouts will provide valuable insights and information. Not only will you learn the steps to bring a trail to life, you’ll also get the chance to interact with people who have “been there, done that” are eager to help you avoid making similar missteps. Our breakouts have been scheduled in a way that allow you to create your own personalized tract tailored needs.

Most importantly these sessions will show you what your trail can become and the impact it will have on your community.  One session will address sharing trails with electric vehicles and how those interactions are a large part of the community’s identity.  Another will discuss historic trails and using them to connect communities across the southeast.  Sessions like these touch on how the uniqueness and needs of a community impact their trails.


What’s a mobile workshop?



The Georgia Trail Summit has a special format that allows it to make the most of its two days. Day one is filled with outdoor experiences called mobile workshops. Mobile workshops offer attendees the chance to get outdoors and experience a local trail.

As trail lovers, we know how important it is to get out onto trails and recognize the benefits of being in nature. This year we offer a variety of workshops that participants to hike, bike or paddle their way through Augusta.

At this year’s Trail Summit, we’ll be hiking the Euchee Greenway, biking the tow path along the Augusta canal and paddling the canal and Savannah River. Register now for the Georgia Trail Summit, and explore Augusta with us!