It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news of the death of Mr. Lindsay Pettus, our beloved friend and founder of the Katawba Valley Land Trust on January 18, 2020.

Lindsay Pettus was a passionate leader in protecting the natural and cultural resources in the Catawba River Valley for almost forty years. His quiet and respectful, but persistent leadership style had a way of bringing people together to accomplish good things for the natural world. Lindsay joined the Nature Conservancy in 1974 and quickly saw a need for land conservation in his own backyard of Lancaster County. In the 1980s, he was a key leader in the efforts to preserve Forty Acre Rock, now a South Carolina Heritage Preserve. In 1992, Lindsay founded the Katawba Valley Land Trust and served as the land trust president for twenty years. Through Lindsay's conservation vision, the Land Trust has protected over 8600 acres, including Landsford Canal State Park, the Cedar Creek Reservoir near Great Falls, and creeks in the City of Lancaster. This includes the 350 acres along Gills Creek that will become the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.

Lindsay's stewardship has inspired countless individuals throughout and beyond Lancaster County. His passion and leadership will truly be missed. To read more on the life and legacy of Mr. Pettus, visit Greg Summers' article in the Lancaster News

Leave your mark with a
Legacy Brick

We invite you to purchase a Legacy Brick for $250 and leave your mark on the trail. You can customize the engraving with your name and a message or honor a loved one. The legacy brick plaza will be located at the Survey Street trail access and will be a long-lasting way to show your support for the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.  Order between now and February 18, 2020. To purchase a legacy brick, click here.

Phase 1 Route

The Lindsay Pettus Greenway will be a 5 mile hard-surface trail system that weaves through neighborhoods, schools, parks, health facilities, and the downtown district within the City of Lancaster. Phase 1 is the first 2 miles of this trail system.

The Benefits

Greenways and trails have been shown to improve health, attract business, boost tourism, bring people together, increase mobility, and help the environment.

521 BBQ and bike


Trails attract tourists and create the kind of quality of life that promotes business and puts money into local economies.

Dr. Easterwood & Dr. Banish


Trails support an active lifestyle that improves the public's health. Physical activity helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, colon cancer, and depression.



Trails connect people to neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and other places of interest. Trails foster community and can help bridge divides.



Trails can help improve air and water quality by providing enjoyable options for non-motorized transportation that reduce air pollution while helping manage soil erosion caused by road runoff.


City of Lancaster
Lancaster County
Founders Federal Credit Union
Haile Gold Mine
Duke Energy
J. Marion Sims Foundation
Builders Supply
Carolina Thread Trail
Katawba Valley Land Trust
Springs Close Foundation
Mt. Zion AME Church
Lancaster County School District
Lancaster Funeral Home
Tri-City, Inc.
Mobley Drugs
J & S Concrete
First Palmetto
Wells Fargo Foundation


The Craft Stand
Perception Builders
Blackmon Insurance
Walmart Foundation




Donate now!

We're a 100% volunteer-led organization with unprecedented private/public collaboration. Every dollar that we raise help to plan, build, and promote the Greenway.  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed.  Donate online or mail checks to: Lindsay Pettus Greenway, PO Box 1776, Lancaster SC, 29721.