Anne Springs Close Greenway - Trail Running

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Anne Springs Close Greenway is a privately funded park with several scenic and historic sites. Forty some miles of trails, from gravel roads to rugged single track, lace the park and offers trail runner plenty of training miles along the way.

Written by

Rob Glover


5.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

13.2 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

A few minor hills and some rooty trails add a bit of difficulty to these trails.

Time To Complete

1 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


For non-members there is a $5 per use fee.



Anne Close Springs is not a typically greenway. Instead of a single, flat path suitable for road shoes, ACSG is actually a series of multi-purpose. Forty total miles of trail winds its way past ponds, along Steel Creek, and near historic sights. Surfaces range from gravel road to tight, rooty single track. The moderately technical trail doesn’t offer as much elevation as some place like Crowders, but the scenic trails, variety of surfaces, and sheer mileage more than payback the 30 minute drive from Charlotte.

What Makes It Great

One of the most interesting members of the Springs family, whose ties to South Carolina go back to the Revolutionary War, is Anne Close Springs. Among her many attributes, she is an ardent supporter of outdoor activity (she climbed Kilimanjaro three times, most recently at the age of 78). In 1995 her eight children opened the 2,100 acre Greenway in recognition of this dedication.

There are some 40 miles of trail within the property’s boundaries. While some are set aside as equestrian and some as mountain bike trails, every mile is open to walkers and runners. To avoid other modes of transport, stick to the yellow marked walker only trails.

There are several entrances to the trails at ASCG. For a particularly scenic option, that puts you in close proximity ice-cream, include the Haigler loop and Blue Star Trail in your work out. The Haigler loop travels around Haigler lake – a small but pretty, tree-lined body of water. Connect to the Blue Star Trail to the south. Just across the road from its end point is the Peach Stand, a convenience store of a different sort filled with local produce, fresh meats, and hand-scooped ice cream.

The historic and scenic grounds of Anne Springs Close Greenway are a very pleasant place to escape city traffic and spend a couple hours in the woods. Just 30 minutes south of Charlotte, these trails are sometimes forgotten and can be wide open, especially in the morning.

Who is Going to Love It

The various loops allow for the creation of just about any length of workout desired. This brings brings beginner and experienced trail runners to ASCG. Lots of families come for a relaxing stroll to various historic sights. Several races are held on the trails throughout the year, bringing some of Charlotte's best runners.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The ASC Greenway is supported by donation and use fees since it’s not a government run park To ride the trails here you either need to be a member or pay the $5 fee (cash or check). The trails can get confusing but trail maps are normally provided at the trail head kiosk near the pay station.

This is a popular place to run and hike as well as bike so make sure you have your rules of the trail ready - give way to faster movers and announce yourself to slower movers. And keep an eye out for horses. 

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Anne Springs Close Greenway

2515 Coltharp Rd
Fort Mill, SC, 29715
35.042662, -80.947105

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