Woodpecker Trail logo  showcased on Metter building

Pernal Franklin (l) and Billy Trapnell with the Woodpecker Trail logo.

A downtown building is catching the attention of passers by as it now showcases the Woodpecker Trail logo!

Last July the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Product Development Team visited Metter and Candler County. 

The group was sponsored by the City of Metter and the Downtown Development Authority of Metter.  

One of the many recommendations the group made was to promote the Woodpecker Trail, one of the oldest tourist routes in the United States. 

Pernal Franklin and Danny Olliff with PerDan Properties have installed a new Woodpecker Trail logo in downtown Metter.

Franklin is a Downtown Development Authority of Metter director and wanted to make this project a reality. 

“This project is something I have been excited about for some time and it has taken several months for it to come full circle to actually being installed,” stated Franklin.

“PerDan Properties owns the building and we are excited to have the Woodpecker Trail logo on the building,” he continued. “We hope that it will be a photo stop for people visiting town and local people to stop and take their picture with the Woodpecker emblem.” 

Retired Metter Mayor Billy Trapnell has been the president of the Woodpecker Trail Committee since the early 1990’s. 

The committee includes members in the communities along the Georgia section of the trail. 

“Metter sits virtually at the center of the Trail through Georgia, stated Trapnell. “I am so happy that Metter will be the site of the first large Woodpecker Trail Logo.  Putting up this first logo has happened almost 100 years from when the trail began. The trail was included in a 1922 directory of trails throughout the United States, giving directions from Augusta, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida through Metter and Candler County.” 

“The Woodpecker Committee is planning to install the new logo design in downtowns, attractions and public properties along the trail. 

“I greatly appreciate Pernal Franklin and Danny Olliff’s willingness to put up the logo,” continued Trapnell. “Let's hope it will be the first of many along the Woodpecker Trail’s 200 miles through Georgia.”

The Woodpecker Trail runs through Georgia on Hwy. 121. The new logo sign, located on Lewis Street on the side of the Verizon building, was installed by Adam Davis with Action Signs.

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