Nichole Collins MacMillan

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Is Macon a walkable city?

I’ve been out of my walking groove lately.  This is likely caused by withdrawal from the silver sand of Saint Simons Island and the fact that returning from vacation means catching up on the work you left behind.  And then there is the return of the school schedule – or more importantly —  the AFTER school schedule of fill-in-the-blank with your own list of taxi routes.  This week, however, I declared my re-entry grace period had come to an end and I began lacing up my walking shoes again.

…and this is what I realized about my city…

I can walk flat routes and hilly routes.  I can take stairs or stroll through the grass.  There are parks, rivers, cemeteries, and city streets.  Intown Macon has whatever sort of workout you desire, and I feel safe walking them all.

scenes from a morning walk

scenes from a morning walk

What I really love, though, is that I can leave my car at home and walk to just about everything else I need.  Within a mile of my front door I can:

  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at a local eatery.
  • Skip the carpool line and walk my kids to school.
  • Worship with the faithful from many traditions in inspiring, historic buildings.
  • Stroll through parks.
  • Drink local coffee.
  • Go to the grocery store.
  • Slip down a new slide!
  • Listen to live music.
  • Enjoy art.
  • Take in a film.
  • Take care of my banking.
  • Practice Yoga in the park – for free!
  • Visit the farmer’s market.
  • Play tennis.
  • Catch a Mercer game.
  • Go to the library.
  • Stop by the post office.
  • Shop local retailers.
  • Take a cooking class.
  • Visit a museum.
  • See a friend in the hospital.
  • See our dentist and pediatrician.
  • Experience history.
  • Attend a festivals and watch fireworks.
  • Sweat through a Boot Camp class.
  • Take my dogs to the dog park.


So, my new routine isn’t just about burning calories.  It’s about taking advantage of sidewalks, meeting the new neighbor’s dog, noticing the amazing architecture of this beautiful city, and listening to the river.  It’s about letting myself be inspired by the transformation happening in our community and looking for ways to become a part of it all.  The signs of new life are easy to spot when you’re moving at a walking pace, and Intown Macon is a great place for a stroll.




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