Extending Greenway Trails in Columbia County

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Ask her for yourself.

“It’s nice and shaded. It’s safe. There’s no traffic.”

The natural beauty of North Augusta’s Greeneway is what keeps Kathryn Duane coming back time and time again.

“It’s good for everybody. It’s good for the soul. It’s good for the mind. It’s good for exercising.”

It’s even bringing newcomers like Tony and Sharon Klein from Aiken.

“Lots of bikers. Nice area. Flat surface.”

You can find that same beauty throughout the region, and Columbia County’s greenway is about to grow. We wanted to see what the future of the Euchee Creek Greenway looks like for ourselves.

“The canopy has had a chance to really grow back and over, and it creates a really nice little pathway,” said Andrew Strickland, Director of Columbia County Planning Services.

Starting off William Few Parkway, and following the sewer easement, it gets much quieter. This part of phase one will extend from the Canterbury Farms neighborhood up to Patriots Park.

“It’s already cleared. It creates a nice canopy, a nice little corridor down here so it’s gonna be a really nice little area.”

But unlike North Augusta, Columbia County can’t follow old railroad tracks for its greenway.

“We're basically gonna be grading everything flat into the grade that we need. And then putting down the stone base and paving on top of that.”

Crews already surveyed the land, marking the trail’s center points with pink tape, all while leaving large looming trees to line the path.

“Instead of building a bridge right here, we're actually going to take off through the woods…”

Also in phase one, an extension from Blanchard Woods Park to Riverwood Plantation. In all, it will be about nine miles.