The Saluda Grade Trail

Across the United States, abandoned rail lines have found new life as vibrant rail trails. Now, we have the opportunity to create a beautiful new trail along the historic Saluda Grade rail line! 

This new trail would be similar to the popular Swamp Rabbit Trail or Virginia Creeper Trail, both outstanding success stories. In each case, the trail has become the heart of the community—treasured by local residents and a destination for visitors. Rail trails like the proposed Saluda Grade Trail grow local economies, expand opportunities for outdoor recreation, and improve people’s health. The proposed Saluda Grade Trail would run for approximately 30 miles, from Inman, SC to Tuxedo, NC. The trail would welcome folks out for a stroll, as well as bikers, hikers, joggers, wheelchairs, strollers, and skates. However you like to get around, the trail would invite you to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.   

Along the length of this famous rail line, you could experience the pastoral countryside of the rolling Piedmont, the Pacolet River valley with its plunging waterfalls, and the spectacular scenery around the Green River and Lake Summit. You could also enjoy small town charm and unique local businesses in historic downtown Inman, Landrum, Tryon, and Saluda. 

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