Constructing the East Cooper Trail will connect communities from downtown Charleston and Mt. Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Awendaw, and McClellanville, providing residents and tourists a fun and healthy way to experience the culture and nature of East Cooper.
Planned for active transportation and outdoor recreation, the trail will extend a total of 82 miles, linking shopping, restaurants, and historic sites to beaches, parks, and forests. With a team of partners already hard at work implementing sections of the trail, residents of the East Cooper area are already experiencing improvements in their quality of life. This project quantifies the quality of life benefits in terms of estimated increases in trips per year by walking and bicycling, increases in physical exercise, increases in tourism, transportation access, and one-time property value benefits. This study revealed a potential economic impact of over $87 Million in total benefits per year for constructing the East Cooper Trail. The study is published as a well-designed, user-friendly report, and has been presented to regional stakeholders to promote both political and financial support for the trail.