East Cooper Trail

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Create, Connect, Thrive

The Vision
The East Cooper region can be connected with 82 miles of off-road bike and pedestrian trails creating family-friendly routes that connect people to nature, promote exercise and health, and contribute to local tourism revenue.

Health and Economic Impacts
The East Cooper Trail will bring more than $87 million in total benefits to East Cooper per year, including health, environmental, economic, tourism, transportation, and property value benefits. (Read full Health & Economic Benefit Study

Connections, Connections, Connections
From downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Awendaw, and McClellanville, the East Cooper Trail will connect you and your family to natural and cultural resources in the East Cooper area in a fun and healthy way.

How You Can Help
If you want to help bring this project to fruition, donate to the East Cooper Land Trust. Resources are needed for us to continue to lead and coordinate this effort.

Partnerships
As we work to turn our vision of the East Cooper Trail into a reality, we have been playing an active role in planning our region's trails and greenways for the future. We serve on the SC East Coast Greenway Steering Comittee and the BCD COG's Walk + Bike Steering Committee. In addition, we are working with all six municipalities and Charleston County to encourage and support their efforts for safe multi-use trails. These efforts assure that adequate trail routing and connections make it into local and regional plans. This has been a collaborative effort between the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Charleston Moves, the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission's People 2 Parks Study, and all of our local municipalities.

We look forward to the future of this trail project as we seek funding sources to help secure easements throughout prioritized off-road sections of the over 80-mile stretch. Even small completed sections will improve the region's access to outdoor recreation opportunities and provide new ways for residents and visitors to experience all that the East Cooper area's "Outdoor District" has to offer. East Cooper Land Trust has begun this effort to raise awareness, establish suitable routing of the trail, and ultimately secure funding sources. The more community support we receive, the more progress we can achieve.