Now more than ever, the need for safe, comfortable outdoor recreation opportunities is apparent. Throughout the Midlands of South Carolina, Greenway and trail use is growing exponentially in popularity. The Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) is conducting a feasibility study to provide a detailed look at how the Lower Saluda Greenway can connect with the larger Greenway network and to adjacent residential and commercial areas. The proposed trail, once constructed, will consist of a 10.5-mile multi-use, paved pathway. The path will extend along the north side of the Saluda River from the Johnny W. Jeffcoat Walkway at the Lake Murray Dam to the Three Rivers Greenway at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Greenway will provide walking, bicycling and wheeling access to many communities and surrounding amenities.
The Lower Saluda Greenway Feasibility Study will further define the Greenway’s mission, purpose, and need; identify potential environmental and cultural resources that should have direct access; provide opportunities for public input; and create a concept plan and cost estimates.
Public participation is a major element of the study and will assist with identifying a concept plan and recommended alignment for the Greenway. Many opportunities will be available to provide input and stay informed throughout the process and focus is on current and future users of the area’s trail systems.
- View the Informational Video below about the benefits of the Greenway and how it can improve the quality of life for users
- To take the Online Survey click here – An online survey has been launched to better understand how the public uses the Greenway and ideas for future amenities.
- View the Interactive Map – An interactive map has been created to allow participants to click on a specific area to suggest areas for trails and observe what others are suggesting.
In coming weeks, project team members will be located at key locations along existing Greenways to bring awareness of the study and encourage participation in the study.
The Lower Saluda Greenway will become a regionally important recreational and transportation facility for the greater Columbia area. The study will be completed in late 2020.