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The Savannah Valley Railroad Trail will one day follow the Savannah River on a northwest course from McCormick to Calhoun Falls. It will cross two counties (McCormick and Abbeville) and link three state parks: Baker Creek, Calhoun Falls, and Hickory Knob.
Currently, 9 miles of the trail are open for public use in McCormick County. Along your journey, you will see several streams and the Badwell Cemetery, a burial place for settlers dating back to the 1700s.
The trail’s first 2.2 miles, from Barksdale Ferry Road to Cemetery Road, traverse dense woodlands along a grass rail bed. (If biking, be sure your tires are puncture resistant.) The middle section starts out as an on-road route, but then becomes another grass rail bed. The trail ends at the wooden trestle over Mill Creek, which can now be crossed and incorporates a nice picnic area with table seating overlooking Mill Creek. The rail bed picks up on the other side and goes to Willington.
In McCormick, there is a parking lot on Barksdale Ferry Road and also at the Badwell Cemetery Road entrance.
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