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 William MacCorkle, 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.
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