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A favorite of local bikers and joggers, the West Ashley Greenway takes you on an eight-mile ride from suburban Charleston west to the scenic Lowcountry wetlands that surround this charming city. The trail's western end features an unpaved surface, reflecting the wilder and undeveloped surroundings, while the majority of the trail within the Charleston neighborhood of West Ashley features a paved asphalt pathway lined with overhead power lines along this former railroad corridor.
On Johns Island, with the gravel and narrow bridge crossings, mountain bikes are a must. Here the broad wetlands flank the trail, presenting magnificent views and rewarding bird sightings. If your timing is right, you may catch sight of the tidal flow that carved these lacework channels. The agricultural heart of the region, Johns Island is the nation's largest producer of tomatoes. In fact, much of the fresh produce served in local restaurants hails from this rural community.
At the Wappoo Road crossing you can head north on narrow sidewalks for a quarter-mile, crossing over US 17/Savannah Highway to hop on the southern start of the 2.5-mile West Ashley Bikeway.
The West Ashley Greenway forms a key component of the developing East Coast Greenway, which aims to one day provide a complete series of trails across the entire east coast of the United States. For now, the trail provides a great local recreation spot for Charleston's western neighborhoods, as well as a means for visitors to get outdoors and experience some of the area's natural beauty.
There are several parking options along the trail including at the western endpoint along McLeod Mill Rd, along Croghan Landing Dr, and near the eastern endpoint of the trail at 42 Windermere Blvd.
See TrailLink map for more detailed directions.
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