I started from the Easley side of the trail. The City of Easley trailhead is on Fleetwood Drive near the intersection of Fleetwood Drive and West Main Street. Mama Mia’s restaurant, Palmetto Party Shop and a Speedy Mart gas stations are landmarks near the trailhead. I parked my car in the dirt parking lot behind Mama Mia’s, got situated and took off on the trail. (The Pickens trailhead is off of Railroad Street.)
|Near the Easley Trailhead on Fleetwood Drive|
Within the first 5 minutes of riding, I was smiling. It felt so good to get on two wheels, and being only 20 minutes from home! The ride was smooth, inviting, flat and cool. Riding the trail, I took in many scenes of what living in the Upstate affords: bucolic homesteads, suburban neighborhoods and old mill town communities. The trail also ran through lush fields and cool forest. A good portion of the trail was tree-covered which is an important aspect of enjoying a trail in the hot summer months of the Upstate. There were a few older buildings that were remnants of a by-gone era, and their industrial architecture had me dreaming of future businesses-to-be for local entrepreneurs: brew pubs and ice cream parlors, a grocery store and a deli specializing in the Upstate’s finest foods. Just a few ideas that come to mind!
|View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Doodle Trail|
|Cool view of the Doodle Trail|