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Celebrate Earth Day at Fort Mill’s Greenway

Hiking, fishing, kayaking, horse back rides and more are part of the Anne Springs Close Greenway’s annual Earth Day celebration.
Hiking, fishing, kayaking, horse back rides and more are part of the Anne Springs Close Greenway’s annual Earth Day celebration. Anne Springs Close Greenway

Celebrating its 21st Earth Day Celebration on April 16, the Anne Springs Close Greenway will offer free entry and activities – from hiking and kayaking to horseback rides and more at the 2,100-acre natural preserve.

Opening ceremonies will include a horseback demonstration as well as remarks from Greenway founder and namesake, Anne Springs Close. A concert performance by Molasses Creek will be featured in the Comporium Amphitheater, as well as other activities scheduled throughout the day.

“The Greenway’s growth has been exponential in recent years, keeping pace with development around us. As communities south of Charlotte become more populated, preserved green space becomes all the more important,” said Buddy Faile, greenway operations director.

“Earth Day is the perfect time to showcase our features and offer festivities, as a way to recognize the critical importance of preserving our planet, as well as this local natural resource.”

More than twice the size of New York’s Central Park, the greenway features native plants and animals, 40 miles of trails, waterways and swinging bridges, historic buildings, and facilities such as its 1940s Dairy Barn for weddings and other special events.

The signature Earth Day commemorates the Greenway’s opening in 1995, when the land was formally set aside for preservation and public recreation by the family of Anne Springs Close, as a tribute to her devotion to nature. The family ran the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years and has owned the land since the late 1800s.

Earth Day events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, with Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m. All visitors get in free throughout the Greenway’s operating hours, from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Want to go?

The Anne Springs Close Greenway celebrates Earth Day April 16. Activities include:

▪ South Carolina Aquarium touch tank

▪ Lead-line horse rides

▪ Canoeing, kayaking and cane-pole fishing

▪ Border Collie demonstrations

▪ Mary Warner Mack Dog Park open house (Adventure Road Entrance)

▪ Kids Zone

▪ Guided nature and history hikes

▪ Farm animals

▪ Geocaching

Events are located at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn entrance, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. For more information, call 803-547-4575 or got to ASCGreenway.org.

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