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Are they road side parking along the trail ? With special needs I can only walk - so I did 1.5 miles from endpoints. I want to do some midsection too.
The Doodle is a beautiful, versatile trail. Challenging hills, sweet slopes to glide down and beautiful vistas make for a pleasant eight mile ride. Sixteen total miles will give you the good cardio workout you are looking for without unpleasant broken pavement.
Rode this for the first time dec 12. Weather was great and trail even better. Nice new blacktop and fairly wide. We started in Forest City so we could enjoy the lights at night. The only negative that keeps it from getting 5 stars is that there are many street crossing that are not marked. You have to cross 74 twice. Most drivers yielded to the bikes but you have to pay careful attention for those that don’t.
Back in October 2020 they started repaving the SRT at the Greenville city line and are heading north to Travelers Rest. They are currently about half-way done (5 miles) and are expected to finish by the end of the year. Hallelujah!
Now let’s hope the city of Greenville gets on-board to fix the southern portion of the trail.
Rode my bike on the greenway today. Parked at the parking lot across the street from Berkeley Ball Park, the entry to the greenway is right there. Well paved, wide two lane with lots of park benches, bike service stations, and emergency call boxes along the path. It connects quite a bit of parks along the way, which is nice. You go over and under a few bridges. Lots of local walkers enjoying themselves, everyone was very respectful of personal space. One thing to note, I went a sunny day and it wasn’t muddy until I reached right after the Pets Own Dog Park entry about 0.5 miles from Jackson Park. So if there has been some rain in the week I would recommend going from Berkeley Ball Park to Pets Own Dog Park and skipping Jackson Park.
The trail is paved and well maintained. My favorite is the northern part which is about 5 miles after that you have to deal with crossings and traffic lights. An elderly couple got an accident and the husband busted his head. Blood all over the road. We have to help the wife to go back to her car and lift her ebike. It needs a lot of concentration and need your attention coz there are few sections that are not smooth.
My wife and I decided to try a new to us trail that we could get to and back in a day from Asheville. The Doodle ended up our destination. We had a great ride. Met friendly people, nice trail had a great lunch in Easley and a good ride back to Pickens. We ride a tandem recumbent bike and had no problems with the hills. We will go back.
This is a nice little easy trail for everyone!
I give this trail three stars only because I think it would be a nice trail if the weather has been dry for a while. We rode the trail a couple days after a storm, and the trail was a mess: covered in many places with huge areas of mud, river sand, and even running water. Our bikes and our clothing were a mess after we rode. We were unable to go all the way to Jackson Park because of a huge flooded area.
The trail is in a low-lying area, through a swamp. So, again, it would probably be nice during a dry time, but avoid this trail if there has been any rain in the past few days.
The trail was very well maintained with tool kiosks along the way. We did Forest City- spindale and return. I give the trail a 10. The scenery a 2. Mostly views of gas stations, fast food and ugly buildings.
Trail is nice and would have enjoyed more except portions of the trail are closed for maintenance. We parked at Travelers Rest with intention of riding to Greenville. Being new to riding though, lesson learned. Rating would be higher, but trail is in need of repair.
Have to give the Doodle a 5 due to its varied terrain and smooth surface. Compared to the Swamp Rabbit we rode the day before this was a breath of fresh air. Plenty of amenities at the terminals. Riders and runners were super friendly. Don’t miss this one. May not be as long but I’d say ride it twice or three times if it miles you want but broken pavement you’re looking to miss.
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