Carriage Trail

The .65-mile Carriage Trail ascends 180 feet from MacCorkle Avenue and the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia, to Sunrise, the former home of , the ninth governor of West Virginia. Opened in 1905 to allow stone to be carted to the site of the MacCorkle mansion, the trail afterward became a private drive to the residence. In 1961 the drive and the MacCorkle estate were transferred to a private foundation, and the drive was developed as a recreational thoroughfare. Sunrise has since been purchased by a private firm, but ownership of the trail has been transferred to the City of Charleston. Stone walls, monuments and benches — relics of the trail’s historical past are ever-present.

Map showing the Sunrise Carriage Trail

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