Today, the rail line is inactive and in disrepair, but the Saluda Grade Trail will bring new life to this storied rail corridor and reconnect people with local history. The rail trail will give people opportunities to connect with the history of this local landmark—the steepest standard-gauge mainline railroad ever built in the United States. To build and operate this extraordinary railroad took feats of engineering, daring, and sheer will that will be remembered as people explore this corridor once again, as a rail trail.
As a rail trail, the Saluda Grade will become the place of new stories. There will be memories of epic bike journeys. Of being a kid who was free to play, meet friends, and go places. Of the possibilities opened up by a trail that’s accessible to everyone—all ages and abilities. Of seeing birds and wildlife and the wonder and surprises they add to a daily walk. Adventures large and small will unfold along this historic rail line.