The Neighborwoods Committee has developed an interactive map that will represent the proposed trailways system.
The Neighborwoods Committee of the Charleston Land Trust (“CLT”) was established in 2007 to develop a comprehensive recreational trail system for the greater Charleston area. Although there are currently many fantastic trails within our region (i.e Coonskin and Kanawha State Forest), there is not a thorough plan to connect all of the existing trails with new and improved ones. The improved and safer access to these green spaces would provide Kanawha Valley residents with greater recreational opportunities as well as promote healthier lifestyles and thus improving the overall quality of life.
In order to make the greater Charleston area a more pedestrian friendly and healthier place to live, the Neighborwoods Committee is to develop a Greater Charleston area network of improved greenways, including biking, walking, skating and hiking trails by implementing formal plans such as The Greater Charleston Greenway Initiative.
In order to accomplish these ends, the Committee shall:
In May of 2006, The West Virginia Land Trust, Regional Intergovernmental Council, the National Park Service and Terrell Ellis, Inc and several other interested parties put together a report titled The Greater Charleston Greenway Initiative: A Vision for Greenspace, Connectivity & Pedestrian Community . This initiative was a comprehensive grass roots study on the current condition of our green ways in this region and what could be done to improve and expand upon them. It was out of this report that the first map was developed depicting many of the current green spaces in the area.
Using the Greenway Initiative as a guide, the GW Committee is developing an interactive map that will represent the proposed trailways system. It will show all of our current green spaces and existing trails as well as depict all of those proposed trails. An interested person will be able to click on any of the recreational sites and discern multiple levels of information about the trail or park, including level of difficulty as well as any available amenities such as rest rooms or parking. You will also be able to link to any other relevant information such as more specific trail maps.
In order to better execute on the trail ways plan, we have divided the plan up into specific pieces. Volunteers then choose which projects they have an interest in and help develop that particular piece of the puzzle. Some examples of projects that have already begun include the following:
If you wish to learn more about any of these projects or would have the time and desire to volunteer, feel free to contact one of the three co-chairs:
|The Sunrise Carriage Trail is a forested haven within Charleston, where history is preserved and honored.|
The Sunrise Carriage Trail gently zigzags 0.65 mile and descends 180 feet from the Sunrise Mansion located at 746 Myrtle Road to Justice Row, which is adjacent to the south end of the Southside Bridge. The Trail property is a peaceful and varied landscape of towering trees, wildflowers, ornamental plantings, and historic masonry remains. The Carriage Trail was originally constructed in approximately 1905 by former Governor William A. MacCorkle for the use of oxen-drawn wagons carrying massive stone building materials for the Mansion. Later, Governor MacCorkle used the Trail for his horse-drawn carriage.
The property surrounding the Trail, nearly 12 acres, was donated to the City of Charleston by the Farmer, Cline & Campbell law firm when the firm purchased and renovated Sunrise Mansion. It is maintained and improved by the City, thanks to a generous bequest by Richard and Celeste Ayre. The Ayre Fund is administered by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. The Charleston Land Trust and its Carriage Trail Subcommittee manage the Sunrise Carriage Trail to preserve it as a forested haven, a protective environment for plants and birds, and a quiet place of beauty for walking and contemplation, where history is preserved and honored.