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Saluda Grade Trail

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A new rail trail that travels all the way from the rolling countryside of Upstate South Carolina, through historic and vibrant small towns, and into the spectacular mountain scenery of Western North Carolina.

That’s the vision for a new rail trail along the route of the historic Saluda Grade Railroad.



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The proposed Saluda Grade Trail would run for approximately 31 miles, from Inman, SC to Zirconia, NC. The trail would welcome folks out for a stroll, as well as bikers, hikers, joggers, wheelchairs, strollers, and other forms of exercise and play.

We have an agreement with Norfolk Southern on the terms of a future purchase of the rail corridor and are excited about bringing the Saluda Grade Trail to our communities! 

Will you help create the Saluda Grade Trail? Our elected leaders need to know that there is overwhelming public support for this new rail trail.

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Recent News

Agreement Reached on Saluda Grade Rail Line

A coalition of nonprofits that is spearheading the Saluda Grade Trail has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern to sell the 31-mile rail line for use as a recreational rail trail.

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Major Grant Will Support Saluda Grade Trail in NC

The Polk County Community Foundation has pledged a $250,000 grant toward the Saluda Grade Trail.

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Recent News
Nonprofits Seek to Buy Saluda Grade for Rail Trail

A coalition of nonprofits in North Carolina and South Carolina are working together to purchase the inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor for a new approximately 31-mile rail trail.

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Our Partners

A coalition of three nonprofits is spearheading the Saluda Grade Trail. Conserving Carolina is leading efforts in North Carolina, while PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well. and Upstate Forever are leading efforts in South Carolina

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