Suspension Bridge Spans Steele Creek, but...
(It's in South Carolina)
28, 2004) After it flows through the Steele Creek community of
Mecklenburg County, Steele Creek continues into York County, South Carolina,
joining Sugar Creek at the York/Lancaster County line. Along the way
it passes near Fort Mill through the
Anne Springs Close Greenway, a gift to the region
from the eight children of Anne Springs Close and H. William Close.
approximately 2,000 acres of oak-hickory dogwood forests, shimmering
lakes and rolling pastures, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is a
beautiful park-like area that provides:
a buffer against urban encroachment
low impact recreating such as horseback riding and hiking
environmental and historical interpretation
facilities for both formal and informal events
recreational and educational activities
operates a trail system that is 32 miles long and growing.
Ford Road Trail follows the old route used by Native
Americans, traders, settlers, and Revolutionary soldiers. Where
it crosses Steele Creek, horses and hardy souls can wade across,
but the brave can venture across on a 125-foot suspension bridge
that swings and sways with each step. The trail also passes an
authentic log cabin dating back to the year 1800.
Springs Close Greenway is the only recreational area offering
public access to Steele Creek. The length of Steele Creek in
Mecklenburg County is on the Parks Department's Master Greenway
Plan, but greenway trails won't appear for years in the future.
For now, the Anne Springs Close Greenway offers a great
way to enjoy Steele Creek through a natural setting.
From Carowinds Boulevard, continue south past I-77 where it
becomes US Hwy 21 and US Hwy 21 Bypass. The main entrance to the
greenway is about 2.6 miles on the left.
crosses Steele Creek on the suspension bridge along the Nations
Ford Trail at Anne Springs Close Greenway near Fort Mill, South
Carolina (February 21, 2004)