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Sunrise Carriage Trail

Location Adjacent to Bridge Road, the Southside Bridge, and downtown Charleston, WV, between Myrtle Road and Justice Row
State(s) West Virginia
Counties Kanawha
Type Nature Trail
Length 0.65 Miles / 1.05 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Section of Carriage Trail in Spring
Section of Carriage Trail in Spring

A short walk across the Southside Bridge from downtown Charleston, WV leads to the Sunrise Carriage Trail, a meandering 0.65 gravel trail which rises gently through a beautiful forest. The Trail is a welcome respite, offering a walker a cool breeze, abundant bird song, numerous varieties of wildflowers, fragrant and flowering shrubs and trees. Huge cut stones serve as benches and offer places to rest. There are two noteworthy monuments. The first is a short distance from the Justice Row entrance and reads: "In the second year of the Civil War, two women convicted as spies by drumhead court martial were brought to this spot, shot, and here buried. In 1905 when building this road to Sunrise, their remains were disinterred and reburied opposite this stone." Further up the trail is a shrine erected by former Governor William A. MacCorkle in memory of his daughter, Isabelle. A statue of a compassionate figure with outstretched arms belongs in the shrine's niche and will be restored in the future. The Carriage Trail is one small part of an extensive trail system linking nearly all neighborhoods in the City of Charleston. This trail system, called "NeighborWoods," is featured on the Charleston Land Trust's section of the City's website, and includes an interactive map.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


From downtown Charleston, cross the Southside Bridge (Dickinson Street) in the center lane; go past the ramp and immediately turn right on Justice Row (do not take the ramp, or Bridge Road, or Louden Heights Road)


Additional Information

Width: 127 inches.

Primary Surface: Gravel

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Wood chips

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 600

Elevation High Point: 800

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Trail Management:
David Molgaard
City Manager
City of Charleston
P. O. Box 2749
Charleston 25330 , WV
(304) 348-8014

Public Contact:
Harley Goodwin
Director of Public Grounds
City of Charleston
1 Twilight Drive
Charleston , WV 25301
(304) 348-6458

Trail Management:
Mary Stanley
Member, Charleston Land Trust
Charleston Land Trust
740 Myrtle Rd
Charleston , WV 25314 -1152
(304) 347-3279


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Brochure for the Sunrise Carriage Trail with histo Brochure View/Download
4-page leaflet describing trees planted on Justice Brochure View/Download
Charleston Greenways is the former name of the Nei Map View/Download
Near the top of the Carriage Trail Photo View/Download
Joggers with dog near the top of the Trail Photo View/Download
Our favorite writer and graphic artist, Colleen An Photo View/Download
Even on a chilly February day, the Trail is busy w Photo View/Download
Sunrise Carriage Trail on Website View/Download
Charleston Land Trust Website View/Download
The Greater Charleston Greenway Initiative map - p Website View/Download



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