Spanish Moss Trail
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Making It Grow spent a lovely day in Beaufort recently learning about and filming portions of the Spanish Moss Trail. The Magnolia Rail Line began in the late 1800’s carrying freight for twenty miles to the Port of Port Royal. Both the port and railroad were decommissioned in the early 2000’s, the train right of way now belongs to Beaufort County and has become the Spanish Moss Trail. Almost halfway complete, the former rail bed is a twelve-foot-wide concrete path which skirts in backyards, across marshlands, and near shops and restaurants. People fish from specially constructed trestles, throw cast nets in the marsh, ride bikes, push children, skate, and walk dogs in a safe, vehicle-free atmosphere enhanced by markers for historic sites, restrooms, and beautiful landscaping at trailheads, with trees, wild flowers, and birds galore.