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Georgia State Route 121 (SR 121) is a 238-mile-long (383 km) state highway between Charlton County and Augusta. It is part of a three-state multistate route beginning in Florida and ending in South Carolina.

State Route 121 marker

State Route 121
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length238.6 mi[1] (384.0 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 121 and SR 23 at the Florida state line south of Saint George
  US 1 / US 23 / US 301 / SR 4 / SR 15 in Folkston

US 301 / SR 23 in Homeland
US 1 / US 23 / SR 4 in Racepond
I-16 in Metter
I-520 in Augusta

US 1 / US 78 / US 278 / SR 10 in Augusta
North end US 1 / US 25 / US 78 / US 278 / SC 121
SR 10 at the South Carolina state line in Augusta
Location
CountiesCharlton, Brantley, Pierce, Appling, Tattnall, Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins, Burke, and Richmond
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 120SR 122

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Route descriptionEdit

SR 121 begins in rural Charlton County at the Florida state line near the southernmost point in the state. Here, the roadway continues as State Road 121. From the state line, it travels to the north, concurrent with SR 23. This segment of the route is called the Okefenokee Parkway. After passing through St. George, it has a concurrency with US 1/US 23/US 301/SR 4/SR 15 in Folkston. Shortly afterwards, US 301/SR 23 split from the other routes, while US 1/US 23/SR 4/SR 15/SR 121 stay concurrent until Racepond, where US 1/US 23/SR 4 continue to the northwest while SR 15/SR 121 branch off to the northeast. In Hoboken, the routes intersect with US 82/SR 520. In Blackshear is an intersection with US 84/SR 38. North of this intersection, SR 15 splits off to the northwest, while SR 121 heads to the northeast again. The road has a brief concurrency with SR 203 shortly afterwards. In Surrency, the road intersects US 341/SR 27. Later, SR 169, and then SR 144 form brief concurrencies with the road. A short time later, the route is reunited with SR 23/SR 57 and becomes concurrent with one of these two routes once again. In Reidsville, the route intersects US 280/SR 30. In Cobbtown, SR 57 splits off. Just south of Metter is an interchange with Interstate 16 (I-16), specifically Exit 104. Within Metter itself, SR 23 splits off. North of Metter, US 80/SR 26 intersect with the road. North of that junction, SR 121 begins a concurrency with US 25/SR 67. SR 23 joins the concurrency shortly afterward. In Millen, SR 23/SR 67 split off. SR 24 briefly joins the concurrency in Waynesboro. In Augusta, SR 121 travels concurrently with US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278/SR 10 along Gordon Highway and serves as a major road. At the South Carolina state line, SR 10/SR 121 end, while US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278 continue, concurrent with South Carolina Highway 121.[1]

Woodpecker TrailEdit

In 2004, the Senate and Georgia House of Representatives of the state of Georgia passed legislation designating SR 121 as the Woodpecker Trail Highway from the Florida state line to the South Carolina state line and was signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue on May 17, 2004. On September 19, 2005, Governor Perdue and others officially dedicated the Woodpecker Trail Highway in Augusta. A newly-designed Woodpecker Trail logo was imprinted onto highway signs which have been placed along the trail at key highway junction points.[2]

The origin of the trail's name dates back to the 1920s when it was listed by AAA, and, in the 1940s, highway signs using Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker character marked the highway but eventually fell out of use.[2] Of course, it was in use before then, maybe as early as 1915 by Native Americans, horse-drawn buggies, and the first horseless carriages.

While the highway continues into Florida and South Carolina as State Road 121, efforts to continue the Woodpecker Trail designation and signage in those states have been unsuccessful.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocation[1]mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Charlton0.00.0   SR 121 south / SR 23 begins – MacclennySouthern terminus of SR 23/SR 121; northern terminus of Florida SR 121; Florida state line (St. Marys River bridge); southern end of SR 23 concurrency
0.40.64  SR 185 north – MoniacSouthern terminus of SR 185
Saint George13.221.2  SR 94 (Moniac Road) – Moniac, Fargo, Crawford
Folkston36.158.1      US 1 south / US 23 south / US 301 south / SR 4 south / SR 15 south – Hilliard, JacksonvilleSouthern end of US 1/US 23/US 301/SR 4 and SR 15 concurrencies
36.258.3  SR 252 east (Cross Street) – Kingsland, White Oak, D. Ray James PrisonWestern terminus of SR 252
FolkstonHomeland line38.862.4   US 301 north / SR 23 north – Nahunta, JesupInterchange; northern end of US 301 and SR 23 concurrencies
Racepond50.781.6    US 1 north / US 23 north / SR 4 north – WaycrossNorthern end of US 1/US 23/SR 4 concurrency
BrantleyHoboken63.3101.9   US 82 / SR 520 (Main Street) – Waycross, Nahunta, Laura S. Walker State Park
PierceBlackshear74.2119.4   US 84 / SR 38 – Waycross, Patterson
74.3119.6  SR 203 north (Strickland Avenue) – AlmaSouthern terminus of SR 203
Bristol84.2135.5  SR 32 – Alma, Patterson
Appling92.0148.1  SR 15 north – BaxleyNorthern end of SR 15 concurrency
94.2151.6  SR 203 south – Alma, BaxleySouthern end of SR 203 concurrency
94.5152.1  SR 203 north (K'Ville Highway) – Jesup, ScrevenNorthern end of SR 203 concurrency
Surrency103.8167.0   US 341 / SR 27 – Baxley, Jesup
113.7183.0  SR 169 south (Lanes Bridge Road) – JesupSouthern end of SR 169 concurrency
113.8183.1  SR 144 west – BaxleySouthern end of SR 144 concurrency
Tattnall119.5192.3  SR 178 west – State PrisonEastern terminus of SR 178
Five Points120.5193.9  SR 144 east (Hencart Road) – GlennvilleNorthern end of SR 144 concurrency
120.7194.2  SR 169 north (Mendes Highway) – ClaxtonNorthern end of SR 169 concurrency
130.7210.3   SR 23 south / SR 57 south (Romie Waters Highway) – GlennvilleSouthern end of SR 23 and SR 57 concurrencies
Reidsville134.2216.0   US 280 / SR 30 (Brazell Street) – Lyons, Claxton
Collins140.9226.8  SR 292 (Manassas Street) – Lyons, Claxton
Cobbtown148.1238.3  SR 152 west – LyonsEastern terminus of SR 152
148.2238.5  SR 57 north – Aline, Stillmore, SwainsboroNorthern end of SR 57 concurrency
CandlerMetter156.0251.1  I-16 (SR 404) – Macon, SavannahI-16 exit 104
157.7253.8   SR 23 north / SR 46 (Broad Street) – Soperton, StatesboroNorthern end of SR 23 concurrency
Emanuel169.2272.3   US 80 / SR 26
Jenkins182.9294.3   US 25 south / SR 67 south – StatesboroSouthern end of US 25 and SR 67 concurrencies
see US 25 (mile 135-190)
RichmondAugusta238.6384.0       US 1 north / US 25 north / US 78 east / US 278 east / SC 121 north (Jefferson Davis Highway north) / SR 10 ends – ColumbiaSouth Carolina state line (Savannah River bridge); eastern terminus of SR 10; northern terminus of SR 121; southern terminus of SC 121/Jefferson Davis Highway; northern end of US 25 and US 1/US 78/US 278/SR 10 concurrencies
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Charlton County spur routeEdit

 

State Route 121 Spur
LocationCharlton County
Existed1976[5][6]–1993[3][4]

State Route 121 Spur (SR 121 Spur) was a spur route of SR 121 that existed in the central part of Charlton County, on the eastern side of the Okefenokee Swamp. In 1952, an unnumbered road was established from Camp Cornelia east to SR 23 south-southwest of Folkston.[7][8] Between June 1960 and June 1963, SR 121 was extended on SR 23.[9][10] In 1976, this road was designated as SR 121 Spur.[5][6] In 1993, the spur route was decommissioned.[3][4]

The entire route was in Charlton County.

LocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Camp CorneliaDead endWestern terminus
   SR 23 / SR 121Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Waynesboro bypass routeEdit

 

State Route 121 Bypass
LocationWaynesboro
Length5.7 mi[11] (9.2 km)

State Route 121 Bypass (SR 121 Byp.) is a bypass around most of Waynesboro. It is also signed as U.S. Route 25 Bypass (US 25 Byp.).

The entire route is in Burke County.

Locationmi[11]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0    US 25 / SR 121 / US 25 Byp. begins – Millen, WaynesboroSouthern terminus of US 25 Byp./SR 121 Byp.; southern end of US 25 Byp. concurrency
0.91.4   US 25 / SR 121
1.62.6  SR 24 – Sardis
Waynesboro4.06.4   SR 56 / SR 80 (East 7th Street)
5.79.2    US 25 / SR 121 / US 25 Byp. ends – AugustaNorthern terminus of US 25 Byp./SR 121 Byp.; northern end of US 25 Byp. concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Google (August 19, 2012). "Overview map of SR 21" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Woodpecker Trail". www.woodpeckertrail.com.
  3. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1993). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1993–1994 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1994). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1994–1995 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1976). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1976–1977 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1977). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1977–1978 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  7. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1952). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved June 23, 2017. (Corrected to January 1, 1952.)
  8. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1953). General Highway Map: Charlton County, Georgia (Map). Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation – via GDOT Maps.
  9. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1960). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map) (1960–1961 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved June 23, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1960.)
  10. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1963). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved June 23, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)
  11. ^ a b Google (April 18, 2014). "Route of SR 121 Bypass" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 18, 2014.

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