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Saluda Grade rail trail may be closer than ever to reality

August 9th 2022

Existing as little more than a dream for the past 20 years, plans to convert the historic Saluda Grade rail line into a trail may be closer to reality than ever before. Plans for a 31-mile trail along the steepest mainline rail route in the U.S. recently got a huge boost with a $5 million appropriation in South Carolina’s state budget and the formation of a partnership between three influential conservation organizations to spearhead the effort.

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31-mile trail planned for inactive railroad connecting North and South Carolina

August 1st 2022

There is a plan in the works for a 31-mile-long trail to connect South Carolina and North Carolina. The Saluda Grade Railroad hasn’t been used since 2001. The plan is for the Saluda Grade Trail to extend from Inman, South Carolina to Zirconia, North Carolina. Nearly 16 miles of the railroad is in South Carolina and 15 in North Carolina. (Published by WSPA)

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Nonprofits Seek to Buy Saluda Grade for Rail Trail

July 20th 2022

A coalition of nonprofits in North Carolina and South Carolina are working together to purchase the inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor for a new approximately 31-mile rail trail. Similar to the popular Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail or Virginia Creeper Trail, this rail trail would spur economic growth while providing new opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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$9.5M in Spartanburg earmarks target West Main Street corridor, Saluda Grade Trail project

July 20th 2022

Nearly $10 million in earmarks from this year's $13.8 billion state budget are headed to Spartanburg for two long-term projects that are expected to boost economic growth and create recreational opportunities. State Reps. Max Hyde of Spartanburg and Rita Allison of Lyman obtained $5 million for the 31-mile Saluda Grade Trail project, which will allow three nonprofits to purchase of the 16-mile South Carolina portion of the former Norfolk Southern rail line. The line will be converted to trails that will connect Inman, Campobello and Landrum northern Spartanburg County to the North Carolina towns of Saluda, Tryon and Zirconia in Henderson County. (Published by Spartanburg Herald Journal)

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How the $2 million Mary Black Rail Trail expansion will transform downtown Spartanburg

April 28th 2022

Downtown Spartanburg has begun the construction of a $2 million pedestrian and bicycle trail extension that will take the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail to Barnet Park. This 0.6-mile extension will start from the current Rail Trail terminus near the intersection of Union and E. Henry streets, stretch through Union and E. Kennedy streets, to S. Converse Street, and end at Barnet Park on E. St. John Street.

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PHOTOS: 'Fastest Night in Spartanburg:' Spartanburg Criterium returns to kick-off Spring Fling

April 22nd 2022

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium bike races go through the heart of Spartanburg into a one of a kind block party. The Crit consists of 6 races, 4 amateur and 2 professional. This is the professional men's race the last race of the night.

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Mary Black Rail Trail Extension

April 11th 2022

t's already the most popular walking and cycling trail in Spartanburg County, and soon, thanks to $2.3 million in planned streetscaping enhancements for Downtown Spartanburg, the two-mile Mary Black Rail Trail will receive a much-anticipated extension from its current end near the intersection of E Henry and Union streets through downtown to Barnet Park.

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From complete trail system to better gateways, what Spartanburg could look like in 2027

April 4th 2022

Imagine five years from now riding public transit into Spartanburg along the recently landscaped Asheville Highway or West Main Street corridor, or walking to your job in a nearby office building downtown. At lunchtime, the reimagined and pedestrian-only Morgan Square is filled with visitors and office workers dining at a wider range of restaurants, or shopping at any of the new minority-owned businesses.

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