Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Explore the Lowcountry on Beaufort’s Spanish Moss Trail

Posted 1/5/2014 3:09:00 PM

Got a new outdoor activity to add to your itinerary next time you visit Beaufort. In addition to strolling among the beautiful antebellum homes in the seaport city’s famed historic district, take a walk on the recently expanded Spanish Moss Trail

The 12-foot-wide paved pedestrian pathway now extends from Beaufort to Port Royal, offering walkers and cyclists stunning views of Battery Creek and its expansive salt marshes. From end to end, it’s a total of 3.3 miles.

Built along the former Magnolia rail line, the trail begins near Depot Road and runs through the old train station. Parking is available at the trailhead and at three other locations: Broome Lane, Westvine Drive and Ribaut Road.

About a half-mile from the depot you’ll get to the first water crossing, overlooking Battery Creek and Rabbit Island to the east. The next great view of the waterway and the surrounding estuaries comes another mile down the road.

You’ll get one more gorgeous marsh view before you get to the end of the trail on Ribaut Road.

Two more sections of the trail are scheduled to be constructed by the end of the year, extending the popular greenway another four miles. When completed, the Spanish Moss Trail will run a total of 13.6 miles, connecting the towns of Port Royal, Beaufort, Burton and Grays Hill to the Whale Branch Pier.

If you prefer cycling to hoofing it, you can rent a bike from Lowcountry Bicycles. Cruisers are just $6 an hour.

For more information and a map of the Spanish Moss Trail, click here