Anne Springs Close Greenway Announces New Mountain Bike Trails
FORT MILL, S.C., June 21, 2017—This spring, work began on the construction of three new mountain biking and hiking trails at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. These trails, designed specifically for mountain biking, are now open and accessible from the Recreation Complex and Adventure Road trailheads on the Anne Springs Close Greenway. New trails include Paradise Loop (3.1 mi), Avery Loop which encompasses Avery Pond (0.3 mi) and Tunnel Trail (1 mi).
To complete the project, the Anne Springs Close Greenway contracted Long Cane Trails, LLC, a Carolina based trail building company specializing in trail layout, design and construction of multi-use trails intended for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. These trails have been built with long term sustainability in mind while ensuring user enjoyment in the flow of the trail. Focusing on erosion control and proper drainage, this methodology for trail building limits the impact on the natural environment.
The construction of new mountain bike trails was precipitated by the loss of trails previously accessible outside of the Anne Springs Close Greenway but maintained by its trails staff. As of June 30th, the Sugar and School Loops, as well as the Complex Tunnel, will no longer be open for recreation. While the property owner has not announced any pending plans for use, construction of the new entrance at the Recreation Complex has already limited user access. By the end of June, “No Entry” signs will be posted at these access points. A new trail map with updated trails and mileage should be available by the end of July.
“Leroy Springs & Co., Inc. and the Anne Springs Close Greenway have been fortunate to provide access to these trails outside of the Greenway property since they were built in the late 1990s. In working with Long Cane Trails to develop our own Master Trails Plan, we are now at a capacity to build more of these trails on our own property, ensuring they are maintained and available as part of the Greenway for the lifetime of the trail. We are pleased to offer yet another amenity for regional outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy,” said Tim Patterson, president of Leroy Springs & Co., Inc. and the Anne Springs Close Greenway.
The Anne Springs Close Greenway welcomed more than 256,000 visitors in 2016 from around the Charlotte region, who cited hiking and mountain biking among their favorite activities. The Greenway maintains approximately 40 miles of trails including access for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian. For more information on trails and how to join, text Greenway to 515-55.
Please click on the PDF below to see a rough map of the new trails accessible from Adventure Road and Recreation Complex. We are working on our new map and trailhead access at the Complex so please bear with us during construction.