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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.
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.
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