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Spanish Moss Trail

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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.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.