Anne Springs Close Greenway

Fort Mill, South Carolina 29716

Anne Springs Close Greenway

Anne Springs Close Greenway Professional Review and Guide

"The Historic Lake Haigler Trail at Anne Springs Close Greenway is a sampler of everything that makes Charlottearea hiking so fantastic. The trail starts by traveling through open pastures and beside a 200-year-old homestead.

It then traces the route of the Nation Ford Road, which today leads over a swaying suspension bridge to the ASC Nature Center and then continues to Lake Haigler, where it circumvents the water on a wonderful self-guided nature walk."

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"Moderately hilly trails through diverse terrain, from open fields to hardwood forest and rocky creek bottoms. Serving as a buffer between the town of Fort Mill and the Charlotte metropolitan area just to the north, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,300-acre preserve in the Steele Creek watershed.

Special attractions at the Greenway include an interpretative nature trail around a scenic fishing lake, a nature center, a historic log cabin, and delightful swinging bridges."

"This path travels past several historic sites on its journey to the Anne Springs Close Nature Center. By starting at the Dairy Barn trailhead, the route first visits the Coltharp Cabin, a small wooden farmhouse dating back to 1800. The trail then crosses the historic Nation Ford Road and enters the courtyard of the Graham Cabin.

This two-story cabin, built in 1780, was the childhood home of famous evangelist Billy Graham’s grandfather. Beyond Coltharp Cabin, the trail delves into the forest and follows the curvaceous Steele Creek to a trail junction, where a springy suspension bridge leads across the water."

"This trail starts at the Anne Springs Close Nature Center and follows the historic Nation Ford Road past Rush Pavilion to Lake Haigler. The route then does a semicircle around the scenic lake. At the halfway point you will veer south on the Blue Star Trail and travel a narrow path through an upland hardwood forest.

This out-and-back portion of the hike exits the trees at the peach grove fields located at the southwest corner of the property. From here the path backtracks to Lake Haigler, at which point you will contour the remainder of the shoreline before returning to the trailhead on Nation Ford Road."

"The easy accessibility, medium length, and moderate terrain of the Mill Loop make it a favorite “after-work” hike within the Charlotte region. Part of the Anne Springs Close Greenway, the urban Mill Loop starts at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex and contours the woods past local neighborhoods.

The midway point of the hike passes the reconstructed Webb Gristmill and then hedges Fort Mill Elementary and Middle Schools before returning through a tunnel to the recreation complex."

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While this area is definitely not difficult and might bore more experienced hikers, I really like it as a nice place to walk around and get outdoors and it's perfect for taking my young nephews when I visit the area. There's really hardly any hills so you don't need to be skilled to enjoy it and keep up. The trails are kept up well and the kids enjoyed the nature and history trails and the lakes and watching people fishing. There are a lot of mountain bikes on the trails too but it's not too crowded and bikers and hikers seem to share the trails well. I know some people don't like the fee to get in but I think that helps keep the park nice.
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I really enjoyed this trail. Not too technical for a beginner (I've only been riding for about 10 months), but enough obstacles to keep it interesting -the swinging bridges are cool, too. It's a good length; it can be a nice long ride or a short loop, depending on which sections you opt for. It could be marked a little better, though; there are horse/hiking paths that cross and overlap the mtb path, which makes reading the trail map somewhat confusing if you've never ridden here, but other than that, no complaints.
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Not very large, nice for a day hike with the family. Trails are not very well marked and are shared by bikers, horses, and hikers. Trial crossing are confusing and maps are not much help. Overall, its nice for a stroll around the lake, some camping not much else

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