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Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

Updated on October 17, 2016

Trotter's Trail and the Picnic Shelters at Veterans Park

Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC is a beautiful 1400 foot long walking trail that winds through the woods adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground. This asphalt trail is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and includes a beautiful bridge and entrance as well as benches in various locations. Landscaping will continue with plans to include many dogwood trees.

Trotter's Trail became a project of the Friends of the Park organization in 2006 and is certainly an asset to the park and to the Town of Pendleton. Trotter's Trail was made possible through the efforts of many volunteers and donors who worked very hard to make this trail become a reality.

The Trail was dedicated on November 14, 2009 in memory of Justin Trotter. Justin's love of nature inspired friends and family to honor his memory with this trail. Justin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 while a student at Riverside Middle School in Pendleton South Carolina. In September 2004 Justin lost his battle with the disease at the young age of 15.

Photo by Nancy Hellams, Past President of Friends of the Park - Dedication of Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

Shadow of the Entrance to Trotter's Trail - A Definite Photo-Op

trotters trail
trotters trail

Fun With Nature - Make your walk an education

Kids and Adults will enjoy taking this book along as they walk around Trotter's Trail. There is so much to learn about mother nature and what is along the way of the trail.

Trotter's Trail is enjoyed by families and by individuals. Please help us keep it beautiful by picking up litter as you enjoy your walk. Thank you.

Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide (Take Along Guides)
Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide (Take Along Guides)

Make your stroll around Trotter's Trail a special memory for your child and one that he or she will learn from.


Where Is Veterans Park in Pendleton SC? - Veterans Park is owned by the Town of Pendleton SC

Please visit the Town of Pendleton Website

Veterans Park in Pendleton SC:
500 lebanon road, pendleton sc

get directions

Virtual Tour of Trotter's Trail - in two parts

Although Golf carts are not allowed on Trotter's Trail, we made an exception in order to film this video. Ed Kirkley drove me around our beautiful Trotter's Trail in his golf cart while I filmed. It was a fun time. Thank you, Ed.

Over the years, volunteers have been planting Azaleas that were donated so it is really a beautiful sight especially in the Spring when they are blooming. As they continue to grow, they will be even more beautiful. Would you like to help keep them that way? If so, please call Davie Kirkley at 646-6291 to volunteer to keep them watered for a month.

Dedication Of Trotter's Trail - Nov 14, 2009

Parents and Sister of Justin Trotter - The Trail was dedication to the memory of Justin Trotter on Nov 14, 2009

Dedication of Trotter's Trail
Dedication of Trotter's Trail

Volunteers who worked hard to make this trail a reality were very proud when the day finally arrived that it could be dedicated in memory of Justin Trotter.

Photo Gallery Of Trotter's Trail Dedication - Enjoy these photos of this very special day

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Beautiful Cake for the DedicationEntrance to Trotter's TrailDon and Jean Brewer lead the singing of "This Is My Father's World"Ready to eat!Joan Kelly, Nancy Hellams and Ed KirkleyRenee Gibson Trotter, Jessica Trotter and Todd Trotter - Parents and Sister of Justin Trotter
Beautiful Cake for the Dedication
Beautiful Cake for the Dedication
Entrance to Trotter's Trail
Entrance to Trotter's Trail
Don and Jean Brewer lead the singing of "This Is My Father's World"
Don and Jean Brewer lead the singing of "This Is My Father's World"
Ready to eat!
Ready to eat!
Joan Kelly, Nancy Hellams and Ed Kirkley
Joan Kelly, Nancy Hellams and Ed Kirkley
Renee Gibson Trotter, Jessica Trotter and Todd Trotter - Parents and Sister of Justin Trotter
Renee Gibson Trotter, Jessica Trotter and Todd Trotter - Parents and Sister of Justin Trotter

Program for the Dedication Of Trotter's Trail

November 14, 2009

Trotter's Trail Dedication


Nancy Hellams

Opening Prayer

Reverend Richard Gibson

Words of Appreciation

Parents of Justin Trotter

Renee Gibson Trotter

Todd Trotter


This Is My Father's World

(Words on the back of this program)

Jean and Don Brewer


Debra Padgett, Trotter's Trail Committee Chair

Ribbon Cutting

Bill Beck

Closing Prayer/Blessing

Ed Kirkley

Everyone is invited to join Friends of the Park

for a Soup Lunch following the ceremony.

Thank You, Trotter's Trail Volunteers

Debra Padgett and Ed Kirkley headed up the Trotter's Trail Committee for Friends of the Park and worked very closely with the Town of Pendleton, the volunteers, the Trotter Family and the many donors.

Thank you Volunteers! - Maintaining the trail is a never ending job and these volunteers work hard

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Volunteers and Donors Made Trotter's Trail a Reality! - Debra Padgett had a vision of what she wanted it to look like

Trotter's Trail in Pendleton SC
Trotter's Trail in Pendleton SC

Special Thanks to the following who volunteered or donated services for Trotter's Trail:

T.M. Padgett Construction, Fowler Corp., M&R Metal Fabrication, IndCom Services Inc., Griff's Feed & Seed, Frank Reeves, Freddie Head, Stephen Kelly, Frankie Mullikin, Matthew Kelly, Russell Love, Dave Wilson, Ed Kirkley, Bill Parker, Tom Vegod, Willis Kelly, Pete McConnell, Lazlo Solomosi, Bud Whelchel, Debra, Thomas,& Timothy Padgett, Renee Gibson Trotter, Jessica Trotter, Todd & Renee F. Trotter, Bill, Kim & Parker Beck, Nate Lester, Curtis Carter, Richard Quattlebaum, Cody McAlister, Ryan Kelly, Zach Ledford, Cass Brown, Henry Martin, and Bob Landers.

Thank you to all the groups and individuals who volunteered the scheduled Work Days and Fundraisers, Pendleton Pride In Motion, and The Town of Pendleton.

Friends of the Park schedules two work days a year with one being in the Spring and one in the Fall to maintain Trotter's Trail and Barrett's Place Playground. Be sure to watch for upcoming maintenance days on this website. Thank you.

Picnic Shelters

Picnic Shelters at Veterans Park

in Pendleton SC

Three Picnic Shelters were built by our wonderful volunteers and can be rented for birthday parties, family gatherings, etc.

Rent: $35/3 hr.

Call Town Hall 646-9409

Reserve A Picnic Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC - Beautiful setting along Trotter's Trail


Be sure to request a key for the restrooms. A deposit fee is required but it is worth it in the event that your guests need to use the facilities.

Shelter Number 3 Named in honor of Ed and Davie Kirkley - Ed and Davie have done a tremendous amount of volunteer work for Veterans Park

Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park
Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park

Shelter Number 3 is the one you see as you go through the entrance to Trotter's Trail.

Ed and Davie Kirkley moved to Pendleton to retire but they have been busy the whole time. They spend numerous hours at the park working at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail. Ed was the Project Manager for the building of Barrett's Place and that was a major job which he did wonderfully. He continues to oversee the assignments for keeping the playground maintained and safe for our children. Davie works tirelessly making everything prettier with her green thumb. Pendleton is sure fortunate to have these great volunteers!

Kern Cox at Trotter's Trail for Spring 2012 Clean Up - Come join us for the next clean up day at Trotter's Trail

Trotter's Trail gets re-sealed at the Spring Work Day on May 4, 2013 - This is back breaking work but volunteers never complain

We would love to have you join our Friends of the Park in Pendleton SC - Together WE CAN Make A Difference!

Friends of the Park
Friends of the Park

Please let someone from Friends of the Park or the town know if you see something that needs attention at Trotter's Trail. Thank you.

Thank you for visiting! - Please sign my Guest Book.

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    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 months ago from Pendleton, SC

      It is enjoyed by many. It runs beside the picnic shelter where we had our reunion picnic.

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      Connie Rasbury 

      11 months ago

      Enjoyed seeing this trail. Lots of work!

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      4 years ago

      What a very nice tribute and lens about Trotter's Trail. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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      6 years ago

      The Community Spirit that you have in Pendleton and the work you all do is amazing! This Park just has to be one of my most fav places in the world that I have not visited! One day......

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      6 years ago

      This is certainly a perfect tribute to Justin Trotter who loved nature. My perfect vacation is where I can be near to Mother Nature and a trail is certainly a great way of admiring the trees, birds and whatever you can sight. Sometimes you can spot the lucky and rare something, you never know.

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      6 years ago

      What a lovely site is Barrett's Place with Trotter's Trail! The spirit of community that made it all happen is such an inspiration to those of us who live in Pendleton. I think we all feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful place.

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      7 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem.

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      7 years ago

      A truly touching and beautiful tribute to a life cut too short. Your work is reaching many, many people and is inspiring others to do the same. Hope contributions keep on pouring in. Sincerely,Rose

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love when towns have things like this--outdoor places for all to enjoy. We have a number of really nice parks here in Flagstaff, too, and an urban trail system I really love. This is a great way to showcase one of your local public assets.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice tribute to a little patch of nature. Lensrolled to "Step Into Ravenna Creek Ravine" (a page about another woods trail in another little park in another city...)

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      8 years ago

      A lovely trail that I have added to my "Walking Trails and Paths" lens. Thanks for telling us all about it.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      Local parks are the best.

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      9 years ago

      I hope I can make it to Pendleton this summer. Your love of the town is inspiring.

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      great job on this. Pendelton seems like such a lovely town.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Another great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Great Lens, Sarge. TT is a wonderful project, with a terrific supporting cast of volunteers, town officials, and Friends. Pendleton should be proud; I know I am.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      9 years ago

      I had not heard of Trotter's Trail...wish this had been available when we were growing up there! Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Trotters Trail is indeed a beautiful spot for all to enjoy!

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      9 years ago

      Trotter's Trail looks beautiful. You live a very wonderful town. Beautiful tribute to someone who left us too soon. Thank you for sharing with us.


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