Sunrise Carriage Trail
The historic mansion built for William MacCorkle in 1905 sits majestically on the hill overlooking downtown Charleston. However. the story of how this mansion was constructed started with a road. The historic Sunrise Carriage Trail was constructed in 1905 to allow workers access to the home, and is approximately .65 miles long winding back and forth up the hill.
Backstory and Context
At the time of construction, the Carriage trail was the only method of traversing the steep hill to where MacCorkle wished his home to be built so all building materials were transported along this route.The trail is now owned by the City of Charleston and maintained by a charitable fund granted to the Charleston Land Trust by the Ayre family. Their contribution allows locals and visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors while hiking or biking along this historic public driveway.
Sunrise Mansion and the Carriage Trail are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.