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The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes two wooden bridges. The railway began passenger and freight service in 1898 and was called the “Doodle” because it ran backwards like a doodlebug between Pickens and Easley due to its inability to turn around.
A trailhead is provided at each end of the trail with parking and portable toilets.
In Pickens, the trailhead is located at State 8 and East Cedar Rock Road, just a block from downtown. It sits where the Pickens Depot once stood and, in the future, may include an information center, railroad museum, and plaza.
In Easley, the trailhead is located at Fleetwood Drive, about a half mile from downtown. Future plans call for the trailhead to include a park and picnic area.
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