Carissa Rogers

Since 1995, the Anne Springs Close Greenway has provided a place for the community to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from fishing, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to picnics, kayaking and more.

FORT MILL, S.C. – Anne Springs Close Greenway, a nature preserve in Fort Mill, offers lots to do and see outdoors, from scenic views to kayaking, natural trails, and even horseback riding.

The preserve’s main entrance is a sight to behold. Visitors can expect to be greeted at Lake Haigler entrance by beautiful scenery, including young peach trees, woods, wildflowers, and wide open space Admission is free if you visit during their “Fresh Air Hours” on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. through October.

Start at Greenway Gateway

One of the first places visitors should plan to stop by is “Greenway Gateway,” the welcome center. The center has an on-site restaurant, offers property information, and indoor seating. The restaurant, Gateway Canteen, has a full menu available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. One can find lots of variety, like tacos, burgers, BLTs, hot dogs, and even macaroni and cheese, on its menu.

The Gateway Canteen has Grab & Go options available each day and has craft beer, wine and brunch on Sundays.

Explore across 2100 acres

There are many things to do and see on the property. The greenway that’s twice the size of Central Park in New York City has lots of sights to explore. There’s a sizeable swinging bridge, fishing areas, hiking trails, and even kayaking on Lake Haigler. For the less adventurous, a casual walk through the leafy woods offers a chance to chat with friends, get moving, and enjoy fantastic views.  

Visitors can even take in the scenes as an activity. One fun way to do this to try to spot one of the many horses boarded at Greenway Stables. The greenway houses plenty who are sure to trot by. To get even closer to the horses, register for a horseback riding classes.

Insider tip: The Blue Star Trail is hailed as the best trail for beginners or first-time visitors by greenway tour guides. The other two beginner-friendly nature trails are the Lake Haigler Loop and the Prairie Loop. 

Have more fun @ASCGreenway

Anne Springs Close Greenway hosts a nature-centered preschool, fun fundraisers, summer camps, and guided hikes. Check out their events page and follow Anne Springs on Instagram @ascgreenway.

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