Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center’s hiking trails aren’t extensive or well-publicized, but that might be changing soon.
The Spring Valley Rotary Club is working with Clemson University to redesign and expand the trail system at the 580-acre property in Northeast Richland. A proposed master plan for the changes will be presented at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Village at Sandhill shopping center at 900 Clemson Road.
The Rotary Club “was looking for a signature project,” said Mel Stebbins, who is helping coordinate the effort for the Rotarians.
The Rotary Club also has offered to help raise funds for the project. State budget cuts in the past decade have reduced staff and trimmed programs at Clemson’s extension offices.
The Sandhill trails master plan is being put together by a.LINE.ments Studio, which connects Clemson landscape architecture students with service-learning projects. It includes recommended trail routes, signs and proposed amenities along the way.
Sandhill has five trails measuring about 2.6 miles, according to a trails map put out in 2010 by the Richland County Conservation Commission. It also has several miles of dirt roads. Many Northeast Richland residents already run, hike and walk their dogs on those trails and roads.