The Green Crescent Trail, through its creation and ongoing preservation, will dramatically improve quality of life in and around the Upstate of South Carolina with the possibility of attaining national recognition.

Community life and nature have always been intimately connected in this part of the country. The Cherokee people once cultivated extensive crops and hunted animals here. African-American slaves lived here and toiled in our fields. Thomas Green Clemson, the founder of Clemson University, was an agriculturalist here and gave his land to create “a high seminary of learning.”

Today Clemson-area residents, students, employees, and visitors still cherish their village-style connection to the surrounding natural resources.

The Green Crescent Trail will enhance, protect, and promote this unique community-nature connection. The trail also will cultivate historical and cultural richness by highlighting local, historically significant people and places.