Private Backyard Hiking Trail, Upstate SC

  • September 12, 2014

Private Client

Location:  Travelers Rest, SC

Most people associate South Carolina with palm trees and beaches, however, the blue ridge escarpment creates a dramatic backdrop for the northwest corner of this southern state. Elevated Trail Design was hired to enhance the property of a client in the Cliffs Valley residential development in Travelers Rest, SC. Using just over an acre of extremely steep land, ETD was able to fit nearly 1000 linear feet of multipurpose trail; connecting a private home to the neighborhood’s existing trail network. The trail wraps around a beautiful mountain home, highlighting a mountain laurel tunnel and winding past huge hardwoods. The trail is geared towards a family with trail users of all types, with classic mountain bike flow for the bikers to enjoy, rock steps for hiking, and perfect access for off-leash dog walking right out the back door. A “secret” fire pit area featuring native timber and stone makes a perfect place for guests to gather and the trail makes use of a very steep parcel that otherwise wouldn’t be enjoyed. This project shows that you don’t need a large area to create a great trail experience and also demonstrates how a trail can enhance a piece of property in an unconventional way.