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Starting at E Richardson Avenue, just east of Summerville's main drag, you can walk or ride this flat, 10-foot wide, paved trail, which follows the Sawmill Branch Canal along a wooded area in the southern part of the city for just shy of seven miles.
Most of the road crossings on this trail go under the roads, making for a pleasant—and safe—ride or walk. The adjacent canal and wooded lands make for scenic accompaniment, although the trail itself receives minimal shade, so be sure to come prepared with sunscreen. Keep an eye out for wildlife like egrets and heron along this wooded trail - and signs warn to be mindful of alligators, which can occupy the canal.
E Richardson Ave: A trailhead is available at the northern end of the trail here, located just a quarter-mile southeast of Main Street on Richardson Avenue, near Challedon Drive just past the parkway overpass.
Gahagan Road: From Exit 199 on I-26, drive west on US 17A into Summerville. Turn left onto Gahagan Road (S-18-199) and cross the canal.
Luden Drive parking area: From Exit 199 on I-26, drive west on US 17A into Summerville. Turn left onto Luden Drive (S18706). Drive to the canal and 6-car parking area adjacent to the trail.
Crosscreek Drive: From Exit 199 on I-26, drive west on US 17A into Summerville. Turn left onto E. Carolina Ave. then left onto Old Trolley Rd. Drive about 3 miles and turn right onto Cross Creek Drive.
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