Upstate Business Journal: Green Crescent Trail to connect community and nature around Clemson

Recent article by the Upstate Business Journal about the Green Crescent Trail in Clemson, Central, and Pendleton.

Clemson City Council officially endorses the Green Crescent Trail, passes resolution of support

On November 7, 2016 the Clemson City Council officially endorsed the Green Crescent Trail by passing a resolution of support. You can see a copy of the resolution HERE.

Town of Central Passes Resolution of Support for Green Crescent Trail

On August 8, 2016 the Town of Central endorsed the Green Crescent Trail by passing a resolution of support. You can see a copy of the resolution HERE.

Green Crescent Trail Mentioned in United States of Healthy Report

The Green Crescent Trail was mentioned in the United States of Healthy report by Cooking Light Magazine.
“The Friends of the Green Crescent … is making far-sighted efforts to connect the city’s recreational areas and make sure these public spaces don’t get left behind as the area rapidly grows.”

Public Meeting Slides and Maps Available – Green Crescent Trail Feasibility Study

Green Crescent Trail Feasibility Study

A public meeting was held on May 26th, 2016 to share final Green Crescent Trail recommendations from the feasibility study conducted by Alta Planning + Design.

A PDF file of the slides from each of the public meetings can be found below. The slides include maps of trail routes, photo simulations to help visualize what certain routes will look like, estimated costs of construction, recommended phasing strategies for construction, and many more details about the proposed trail.

After receiving public feedback and conducting a final steering committee meeting, a final comprehensive feasibility study document will be published by June 30, 2016.

Please take your time to review the documents, share it with others, and give us feedback using the contact form below.

The slides from the public presentation can be found at the link below:


Green Crescent Trail – Explorations in developing a healthy community.

Explorations in developing a healthy community.

The Economic Benefit of a Trail

  1. Trails increase the value of nearby properties.
  2. Trails boost spending at local businesses. Communities along trails, often called trail towns, benefit from the influx of visitors going to restaurants, snack shops and other retail establishments. On longer trails, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and outdoor outfitters benefit.
  3. Trails make communities more attractive places to live. When considering where to move, homebuyers rank walking and biking paths as one of the most important features of a new community.
  4. Trails influence business location and relocation decisions. Companies often choose to locate in communities that offer a high level of amenities to employees as a means of attracting and retaining top-level workers. Trails can make communities attractive to businesses looking to expand or relocate both because of the amenities they offer to employees and the opportunities they offer to cater to trail visitors.
  5. Trails reduce medical costs by encouraging exercise and other healthy outdoor activities.
  6. Trails revitalize depressed areas, creating a demand for space in what were once vacant buildings.
  7. Trails provide transportation options and cut fuel expenses, offering reliable means of transportation for short distance trips. Nearly half of all car trips are less than 3 miles and more than a quarter are one mile or less.
  8. Trails provide low or no-cost recreation to families with low costs relative to other recreational services that could be provided by government.
  9. Trails increase tax revenues in the communities in which they are located.
  10. These benefits represent a huge economic return on the money invested into trail projects. The costs of land acquisition for trails, trail construction and maintenance are far outweighed by the economic benefits generated by trails.