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The West Ashley Greenway

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Location
Charleston,  
SOUTH CAROLINA
From You5637.18 Mi
Local TipsGood communities & people around. If you get bored going in a straight line, break off into one of the surrounding neighborhoods. Avoid the trail after dark
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-07-24
Created ByBewendt
Surfaces
  • Paved
Activities
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Road Cycling
Features
  • Parking
  • Flat
  • Out And Back
  • Baby-Jogger Friendly
  • Family Friendly
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionThe West Ashley Greenway is a ten and a half mile running, walking, and bike trail located in West Ashley, just about 5 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, SC. The greenway stretches from the south windermere shopping center (off of folly road) to Johns Island. Most of the route is parallel to highway 17, but removed enough by neighborhoods and green space to not see the highway. The trail has no lighting, so its best used used from dawn to dusk, & parking is available at either terminus.

The trail is recently paved, attracting more cyclist and runners. There are no hills, it is vary flat, as most running in Charleston are is. The scenery varies from suburban to rural along the way. You will pass friendly people, and see some residential houses, marshland, creeks, gardens. The trail attracts runners, road cycling groups, individual cyclist, walkers, and families walking/running/or riding bikes. The eastern end runs through commercial and residential sections of the West Ashley neighborhood. There are a number of street crossings, but none of them carry much traffic, with the exception of Folly Road. As you get farther west, you will see some creeks, ponds, and wetlands, plus an agricultural experiment station. Plenty of wildlife can be observed in the marshes near the western end of the greenway.
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