PATH has had the good fortune this year of working with the James Cox, Jr. Foundation, the City and County of Beaufort, and local supporters to build the first mile of the Spanish Moss Trail in Beaufort, South Carolina. A grand opening ceremony was held November 20th inside the historic freight depot, a few blocks from the Beaufort commercial district.
The Spanish Moss Trail is being constructed on the abandoned rail bed between Port Royal and Yemassee, South Carolina. The James Cox, Jr. Foundation provided funding for the first mile of the trail to encourage local governments and private donors to complete future phases of the project. PATH provided the master plan, the branding package, design specifications, an implementation plan, and construction management to help kick-start development. The City of Beaufort and Beaufort County provided in-kind services during construction of the first mile.
The first segment of the trail included partial restoration of the 1901 freight depot to facilitate the trail passing through a portion of the building. Additionally, Kaizen Collaborative, PATH’s design consultant for the project, included fishing “bump-outs’ to accommodate the fishermen previously using a trestle over a tidal creek. The friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, a local nonprofit formed to support future phases of the trail, worked closely with the PATH design and build team to foster public and jurisdictional support. The Friend group is presently campaigning for funding to extend the trail during 2013.