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South Carolina Committee for the East Coast Greenway

The South Carolina Committee for the ECG consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake our advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in the state. By building support and partnerships with citizens, public agencies, and organizations at the local and state levels, the South Carolina Committee is helping to get the ECG on the ground, mile by mile.

News & Events
Current Committee Goals
Committee Resources
Support the Effort in South Carolina
Contact Information

Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston with ECG South Carolina Co-Chair Vonie Gilreath at a ribbon cutting on the West Ashley Greenway.

News & Events

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 – ECG South Carolina State Committee meeting.

Held at Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments building. 1362 McMillan Avenue – Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405. Email with any questions or to help volunteer.

Fall Summit, November 2014 Charleston SC.

Multimedia Summary of ECG National Summit in Charleston, SC

A combination of perfect South Carolina Lowcountry weather, great speakers and two action-packed days resulted in a well attended and high-impact ECGA Fall Summit in Charleston, SC. More than 100 people from 11 different states participated in the series of events.

Friday, September 12, 2014 10am – Webinar for ECG SC State Committee

Topic: Advancing the East Coast Greenway. Join us on this webinar for understanding the ECG route adoption process and ECG design standards. Understand how the ECG “adopts” new trails into its route, trail design standards for the ECG, steps in the ECG designation process, and route terminology (i.e. “interim,” “permanent,” “alternate,” etc). Though tailored for South Carolina, everyone is welcome to attend who wants to learn more about our trail program.

Click here for an archived recording of the webinar on Youtube. 

On February 11th, 2014 a newly formed SC state committee met in Charleston to discuss priorities and goals for the coming years. Over 24 representatives from the North Myrtle Beach area all the way to Blufton, met to strategize about ways to accelerate greenway development along our SC route. Updates from the Waccamaw region, Charleston region, and the Lowcountry region kicked off the meeting, followed by discussions about the new ECG state committee role and the formation of action-oriented sub-committees. We look forward to continuing to make strong progress in SC, particularly in advance of the ECG State of the Greenway summit in November 2014.

Current Committee Goals

Some of the most pressing goals of the South Carolina Committee include:

  • Identifying a route from Bluffton to Savannah
  • Connecting greenway trails in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach
  • Exploring a rails-with-trails opportunity from the southern end of the West Ashley Greenway to Beaufort

Committee Resources

Support the Effort in South Carolina

The South Carolina Committee consists of volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to advocate for the creation of trails in South Carolina. Please help the Committee create the ECG in South Carolina by volunteering your time and becoming a member of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Recently, the South Carolina Committee:

  • Supported planning efforts for the planning of a bike/ped bridge over the Ashley River
  • Worked with Myrtle Beach on the development of a new 3.5-mile segment of Greenway
  • Supported the development of a bike/ped bridge in Murrel’s Inlet on the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway

Each year, 40,000 of people participate in the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk along a segment of the ECG in SC.

The SC Committee currently needs volunteers to:

  • Travel the current route and give feedback
  • Work to identify funds and provide volunteer time to build kiosks
  • Support efforts to sign trails in Charleston and Mount Pleasant
Become a member of the ECGA

Your membership dues support our advocacy work in South Carolina. Please join today!

Contact information

Vonie Gilreath
State Committee Co-Chair
(843) 529-0400

Leigh Wood Kane
State Committee Co-Chair
(843) 915-7034

Niles Barnes
South Atlantic Region Trail Coordinator
(919) 797-0619

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