New River

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  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Bike


3.2 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Pets
  • No Fee


The trail starts out through a hardwood forest and then opens onto a grassy path, crossing the remains of long-abandoned rice fields. After about 2.5 miles you arrive at the New River, Beaufort County’s only freshwater river, then the route takes you through the Great Swamp and an area once harvested for timber.

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This little-known section of the East Coast Greenway traverses 5.2-miles of scenic and historic terrain. Paleo Indians dating back to 2000 B.C. hunted in the area and traveled along the New River. Several thousand years later, the land was used for the cultivation of rice and timber.

Located off May River Road (S.C. 46/170), the trail runs on both sides of the highway along an old railroad bed that was once part of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. The fairly flat terrain makes it easy to ride, but you’ll still need a bike with fat tires. The trail also is popular with walkers and joggers.


The main parking area for this trail is located on May River Road. You can also get to the trail from the Heritage Parkway.

To get across the highway, use the underpass that was part of the old railway line. It’s below the bridge.

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Town of Bluffton | 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 | (843) 706-4500

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