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.