The Euchee Creek Greenway project began in 2002 as an 18 mile long, 10 foot wide trail winding from Grovetown to the Savannah River near the Furys Ferry Road crossing. Without a rail bed to follow like the North Augusta Greenway, the Euchee Creek Greenway will run through swampy areas, bogs and wetlands.
It has taken an enormous amount of time to get earth moving, and hopes are getting the first phase underway will accelerate the entire project.
Euchee Creek winds through the woods from Canterbury Farms, curves behind Ashbrooke and Ivy Falls neighborhoods then heads towards Patriots Park, Bartram Trail and Columbia Road. Eventually, the trail will be a uniting factor for several communities.
Backers actually envision a sixty mile long trail one day connecting two states and tens of thousands of people, a winding freeway, packed with joggers, bikers, strollers and dogs. (Let’s hope it doesn’t take another twenty years or they’ll have to add a walker lane as well.)
Ground was broken Tuesday on Phase 1 of the project, about four miles connecting Patriots Park to Canterbury Farms. Russell Wilder, a driving force behind the trail system, is ready to see the project hit it’s stride.
“We have several million dollars to get this phase finally started after years and years of hoping,” Wilder said Tuesday.