West Ashley Greenway, Charleston

#10 of 11 in Trails in Coastal South Carolina
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The West Ashley Greenway is a rail trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It stretches across the West Ashley neighborhood from Main Road in the west to Folly Road in the east. It is a straight and mostly paved path utilized for walking, jogging, roller skating, and off-street cycling. The distance of the main trail currently covers 8.8 miles (14.2 km). It is a contributing segment of the East Coast Greenway. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the city of Charleston a $18 million grant to build a pedestrian bridge across the Ashley River connecting West Ashley to downtown Charleston. The planned pedestrian bridge may eventually connect with the Lowcountry Lowline.
The former railway which was known as The Croghans Branch of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was abandoned by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1981 and over time, the City of Charleston entered into leasing agreements with utility companies that took over the right-of-way to allow for public access. The last section of the trail was completed in 2007.

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  • I recently ran here starting at one of the West Ashley parking lots and was blown away at how incredible of a trial this is. I had no idea this has been under my nose all this time. The trail is...  more »
  • Nice scenery! Beautifully maintained. I enjoyed my little trek and will be returning. Saw the shoe tree.  more »

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