Euchee Creek Greenway to connect Columbia County through trails

Saturday, June 15, 2019
News 12 at 11 O'Clock

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Days like today are perfect to John Endres and his daughter Sophia. They live in Canterbury Farms, a community right along the Euchee Creek Trail.

"It has been a blessing," Endres said. "When we first moved here I wasn't even knowledgeable about the trails until our realtor pointed it out and I was like that's awesome because we do have about a mile of the trail in Canterbury farms."

Access to the trails with bike-paths and walkways is a major perk.

"We've walked on the trails a few times," Endres said. "It's a good view and you can kind of see the creek. A lot of trees, a lot of shade. It is nice to bring my wife and my daughter and the dog along the trail."

This is only a piece of a five phase, 27-mile project so big it'll change how people get around Columbia County.

The Euchee Creek Greenway starts in Canterbury Farms. Phase one will end at Patriots Park.

Construction has officially begun for phase one and in just about a year, the Greenway will expand 4.3 miles with connections to Greenbrier High School, Bartram Trail Golf Course and Blanchard Woods Park.

"It'll be great on an evening in the summer or spring to be able to walk over there and not have to drive because it allows people to be more active and be part of an overall community," Endres said.

In five to seven years, it'll reach all the way down to the Savannah River. It'll pass through neighborhoods, several schools and parks.

"My daughter will get to enjoy it as well," Endres said. "Hopefully she'll be able to walk to school in the future if they pass through Grovetown Middle or Grovetown High."

The Greenway will be just another reason to get out and enjoy a day as beautiful as this one.