The Endor Iron Furnace Greenway is a 1.43 mile paved trail that leads from Carbonton Road to Boone Circle. The Greenway is Lee County's premier facility for walking, running, and biking and is much beloved by the community.
Walking the Greenway
The Greenway is open to the public from sunrise until sunset year-round. The trail is not lighted. Benches, trash receptacles, and markers are placed along the trail. It can be accessed from multiple points between Carbonton Road and Boone Circle.
The Sanford Rotary Club developed and funded the Donald Buie Memorial Trailhead. It is named for "Don" Buie, who was an enthusiastic educator, outdoorsman, historian, and Rotarian. Located off of Douglas Drive, the trailhead was donated to the City in the summer of 2013.
Sanford's Urban Trail
Phase 1 of the Greenway was completed in 2011 using funds from the Federal Highway Administration and Sanford City Council. In 2013, voters approved a $14.5 million bond package that included $4 million in Greenways and Trails Bonds.
The City had planned to issue the $4 million in 2020 to extend the current Greenway toward downtown. (See the proposed uses of these funds here.) However, due to the fiscal impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the City has put the Greenway extension on hold.
Eventually, the City hopes to work with Lee County Government and community partners to extend the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway all the way to the historic Endor Iron Furnace.