New River Linear Trail

South Carolina

New River Linear Trail Facts

States: South Carolina
Counties: Beaufort
Length: 3.4 miles
Trail end points: Sun City property line and New River
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015115
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking

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New River Linear Trail Description

The New River Linear Trail runs for 3.4 miles within the City of Bluffton in South Carolina. The route, which is shared with power lines along an abandoned Seaboard Air Line Railway corridor, begins in the north at the edge of the Sun City development and finally ends its straight course at the banks of the New River. Around its midpoint, the New River Linear Trail takes advantage of the old railroad underpass to prevent dangerous crossings of S.C. Route 46/170. Closer to the river, the trail bisects the Heritage at New Riverside development, providing a wonderful resource for the residents of the community.

The grass trail is generally flat, but because it is unpaved, wider tires are recommended. Although the New River Linear Trail is a relatively short 3.4 miles long, the route passes through some spectacular scenery. In the north, the landscape is a mixture of hardwood forest and swampland where wildlife abounds. Turkeys, deer, and waterfowl are some of the more common inhabitants of the area, while armadillos and even alligators have been spotted. Further south, before the trail's end at the New River, the grid of channels from long-abandoned rice fields is often visible.

Parking and Trail Access

The only formal parking for the New River Linear Trail is accessible via a driveway off of S.C. Route 46 between the two entrances to the Heritage at New Riverside development. The lot includes 13 gravel parking spaces, two paved handicap spaces, and 10 mulch overflow spaces. The parking lot is connected to the New River Linear Trail by a short mulch path.

New River Linear Trail Reviews

Very peaceful. Enjoy walking to the river. The information boards are very helpful in understanding how the flooding of the old rice fields worked. The shaded benches for resting are a nice addition. A nice community resource.

The best part is the mulch trail from the parking lot to the "trail". The trail itself is barren grass next to power lines where tall weeds shroud the view of the woods making it difficult to see any wildlife and there is not much shade. There are some random trails made off the path but they aren't kept or have any specific destination.

It is very rare to see anyone on this path.
In the early morning, you will see deer. Be on the alert for snakes, and be sure to wear insect repellent. Heading South on the path, you will come to the New River. Take time to sit at the rest area where the path ends, and enjoy the beauty of the quiet river. This path offers a delightful escape from all of the intrusions we have in our life.

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