South Carolina, Doodle Rail Trail
The Doodle Rail Trail is a rails-to-trails partnership between the City of Easley and the City of Pickens opened Memorial Day Weekend 2015, connecting the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 7 miles and includes two wooden bridges. The railway began passenger and freight service in 1898 and was called the “Doodle” because it ran backwards like a doodlebug between Pickens and Easley due to its inability to turn around.
The multi-use trail is open from dawn to dusk for biking, walking, running and rollerblading. Unauthorized mopeds or motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail.
Trailheads with parking and portable toilets are found at both end of the trail.
In Pickens, the trailhead is located at State 8 and East Cedar Rock Road, just a block from downtown. It situates where the Pickens Depot once stood and, in the future, may include an information center, railroad museum, and plaza.
In Easley, the trailhead is located at Fleetwood Drive, about a half mile from downtown. Future plans call for the trailhead to include a park and picnic area.
The Doodle line carries a rich history of industry and economy important to both the City of Pickens and the City of Easley. The Doodle Trail represents the opportunity to carry on the memory of this historic railroad and preserve the vital connection that was forged between Easley and Pickens over 120 years ago. Both cities are currently working on plans for their respective trailheads at each end of the Doodle Trail.
This is a lovely, wide rail trail which is not too far from Greenville. It's new enough that there are not any rough spots in the pavement. You will catch few road crossings of much significance, and also some hills. Frequent distance markings add to safety and help pace the rider. A mid-point rest stop was added by local Rotarians. The ride is a more rural experience than the nearby Swamp Rabbit Trail, with less traffic, and more trees. There may be some slight elevations throughout the trail but all manageable. Doodle Rail Trail is an easy nice trail with great asphalt, a lot of split rail fences, benches, air pump station about midway along the trail. Once you head outside the city limits, the you may roll through some fields and forest.
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