View All Apr 17, 2019

Anne Springs Close Greenway Hosts 25th Earth Day Celebration

Celebrates Milestone Year of Making Impact in Local Community through Nature

Celebrating its 25th Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27 from 11am-3pm, the Anne Springs Close Greenway will continue its longstanding Earth Day tradition of offering free entry and activities – from hiking and kayaking to horseback rides and more – inviting visitors to experience the 2,100-acre natural preserve, minutes south of Charlotte.


A horseback parade will take place at noon, led by Greenway founder and namesake, Anne Springs Close. A DJ will perform throughout the day, with a host of family activities scheduled from 11a.m. through 3p.m.


The 25th annual Earth Day Celebration marks the culmination of the third annual “April is Love the Greenway Month” and first-ever Anne Springs Close Greenway Photo Club Amateur Photography Contest. The Top 10 finalists will be on display at Earth Day and attendees will pick the winning entry. “Get Your Selfie Outside” contest winners will receive a litany of prizes including professional photography lessons, camera gear and other photo swag provided by Shutterfly. This annual community campaign aims to increase awareness for the Greenway property and encourage the community to connect to nature and get outdoors.


“Earth Day is just one of many days throughout the year that people enjoy being out on the Greenway. It is the perfect time to showcase our features and offer festivities as a way to recognize the critical importance of preserving our planet, as well as this local natural resource.” said Sara Lee, Outdoor Recreation Director at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.


More than twice the size of New York’s Central Park, the Greenway features native plants and animals, 40 miles of trails, waterways and swinging bridges, historic buildings, and facilities such as its 1940s Dairy Barn for weddings and other special events. The signature Earth Day commemorates the Greenway’s opening in 1995, when the land was formally set aside for preservation and public recreation by the family of Anne Springs Close, as a tribute to her devotion to nature. The family ran the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years and has owned the land since the late 1800s.


More than two dozen exhibitors will be on hand, and food trucks will also be on site. Exhibitors include Anne Springs Close Greenway Hiking Club, Anne Springs Close Greenway Photo Club, Mr. Pat’s Beekeeping, Carolina Thread Trail, Dirt Dauber Deb’s Gem Mining, FitLit Kids, Fort Mill High School FFA, Fort Mill History Museum, Girl Scouts – Hornets’ Nest Council, Nation Ford Land trust, Wikoff Color Corporation and York Electric Cooperative and more. Please note some exhibitors, activities and all farmers market & food vendors may require cash.


Activities include:

  • Lead-line horse rides
  • Canoeing, kayaking and cane-pole fishing
  • Border Collie demonstrations
  • Kids Zone
  • Guided nature and history hikes
  • “Meet the Animal” demos and petting zoo
  • “Meet the Farmers” Market (fresh produce available for sale)

Farmers Market Vendors:

  • Bowers Farm (pasture-raised pork, chicken, duck, turkey & rabbit/grass-fed beef)
  • Carolina Lavendar Farm (lavendar-related products)
  • John Smith's Hill Farm (multi-cultural farm productus including handmade block & goat milk lotions and soaps)
  • Sapwood (organic, essential oils)
  • Sharon Hill Farm (pastured chicken, chicken sausage and pastured eggs)
  • Tatanka Bison Ranch (bison-related products)
  • West Ridge Farms (grass-fed beef)

Food Truck Vendors:

  • Archie Boy's BBQ
  • Cotton Candy Confections
  • Kona Ice
  • New Wrap Order
  • Popcorn Heaven
  • Rollin Roast

Events are located at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn entrance, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C., 29715. For information, please call (803) 547-4575 or visit: