Lindsay Pettus Greenway in Lancaster, SC, about an hour south of uptown, opened to the public in November 2020 and it is gorgeous.
Carolina Thread Trail. It's a perfect mix of urban development and nature, combined for a lovely trek through Katawba Valley Land Trust conservation area rich with hardwoods and wildlife.
Kids in Parks Track Trail.
When we went, we parked at the designated lot across the street from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. (Note, there's no public parking in the Chamber lot, but plenty on the other side of the road. Be careful crossing; there's no crosswalk!). That trailhead puts you at about two-thirds of the way through the greenway. Take a left to go 1.3 miles east and a right to go a half-mile west. Directly in front of this access point is the nature trail.
While the greenway is still relatively new, plans are already in the works to make it a true recreational, educational, and entertainment destination. Check the website for news and events.
Bonus: If you want to make a day-trip of your outing, you can throw in a visit to Andrew Jackson State Park, directly en route to and from the greenway.
How go get there:
There are two main trailhead public parking areas.
Access the easternmost point of the greenway at 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, SC, 29720.
Access the greenway at the nature trail adjacent to two city parks by parking at 459 Colonial Ave., Lancaster, SC, 29720 (NOTE: This lot is across the street from the Chamber of Commerce.)
Don't forget to take:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Bikes, scooters or other riding toys -- and helmets!
- Water and snacks
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Bug spray (in warmer months)
- Cash if you plan to stop at Andrew Jackson State Park ($3/adult and $1/kid)