Public hearing on proposed Awendaw East Coast Greenway

Public hearing on proposed Awendaw East Coast Greenway

AWENDAW, SC (WCSC) - Awendaw residents will have the chance to hear about plans for a new trail that would connect the town to other parts of the east coast at a public hearing Thursday night.

The Awendaw East Coast Greenway is a 12-mile stretch of recreational trail from Buck Hall Recreational Area to the Center for Birds of Prey.

The Town wants to hear from its citizens about these plans for this section of the nation's East Coast Greenway.

The East Coast Greenway is described as the "little sister" to the Appalachian Trail.

It's a 2,900 mile recreational wilderness trail stretching from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida.

Parts of South Carolina are already tied into the trail like Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach and the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.

Now the town of Awendaw is considering a section.

"Mostly good can come from it as far as giving some businesses a boost here," said Jonathan Wells, of Awendaw.

Phase one, up for discussion Thursday, is a two-mile stretch of trail running through Town Park connecting to Doar Road near Town Hall.

"There's a lot of private property back there," Wells said.

Privacy is one concern that Wells has regarding this trail.

While he said it would be a great addition for the town, not everyone may like the idea.

"Perhaps noise, or just whenever there are people passing by their private land," he said. "Is it only during the day? It's a long trail… they'll probably be camping during the night. So that puts strangers almost in their backyard that they don't know about."

It's those concerns the Town wants to hear about.

This section of the trail running through Awendaw would show off the natural beauty in the area along with its wildlife.

It would also connected with other planned trails through Awendaw.

This is the first public hearing about this phase of the project.

The Town is looking for ways to fund it, specifically through a grant from the state's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office.

At this point they don't have a timeline for when this Greenway could happen.

The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. at Awendaw Town Hall on Doar Road.

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