Spring on the Greenway
Twice the area of New York City’s famed Central Park, the Greenway offers area residents 2,100 acres of resplendent nature to enjoy scenic walks, 40 miles of hiking trails, picnicking, canoeing and kayaking, and fishing. Specific areas are geared to accommodate mountain biking, primitive tent camping, horseback riding, and dog companionship.
The Greenway, generously donated by the Anne Springs Close family, is also a historic preservation site, having ties to the Catawba Indians and the Civil War. Two primitive cabins are available for touring, led by volunteer docents – the Faires-Coltharp cabin and the Graham cabin, built by the grandfather of the famed Rev. Billy Graham. On site is also the original gristmill for which Fort Mill was named. Steele Creek and the Old Nation Road intersect on the Greenway, where the ford is marked by the actual chiseled stones that indicated walking distances to/from Charlotte, North Carolina, to South Carolina towns and villages.
The Greenway is dedicated to providing enriching educational opportunities for kindergarten through adult ages. Afterschool programs, summer camps, scouting, therapeutic horseback riding for special needs children and adults, and adult higher education programs are just a few of the many learning opportunities. A 60,000-square-foot recreation complex bordering the Greenway boasts aquatics programs, fitness facilities, basketball, racquetball, and tennis courts, and a host of recreational and educational fitness programs for every age.
Informative tours led by naturalist volunteers provide introductory enjoyable tours on weekends, on foot or via guided trail rides, affording Greenway newbies a delicious taste of what the Anne Springs Close Greenway has to offer. To learn more about activities, programs, tours, hours, and admission, please visit ASCGreenway.org.
Article by Greenway volunteer, Linn Martin