Scott Park Walking Trail Improvements
The walking trail at Scott Park has a fresh new look. The one mile trail around the perimeter and through different areas of the park has been widened and paved.
Previously, the packed dirt surface trail varied in width from 1.5 feet to 8 feet. The new asphalt surface now offers a flat, smooth trail that is consistently 8 feet wide throughout the park. The parking area closest to the restrooms at Scott Park has also been paved, in order to make the park more accessible to people of all abilities.
“The City of Camden is pleased to complete another step in the implementation of the Kershaw County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenway plan by improving the trail in Scott Park,” said City Planner Shawn Putnam, who led much of the project planning. “Paving the trail and making it eight feet wide will make it accessible to all users and safer to use. This trail also connects directly to the Sweet Gum Trail, providing up to a 2.5 mile round trip.”
The Scott Park trail project was spurred by the 2017 opening of the Sweet Gum Connector Trail, a 2/3 mile paved trail that connects Scott Park to Woodward Park. Both trails are meant encourage Camden and Kershaw County to be more active by providing a safe place to walk, run and bike.
The trail widening and paving project was made possible with grant funding from the Recreational Trails Program, which is administered by the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Scott Park also boasts a competition-style running track, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic shelter and a playground. The park is located at 222 Battleship Road, just off of US Highway 1/West DeKalb Street.