A city steeped in railroad history is on the fast-track to significant revitalization. Train tracks run right through the middle of downtown Easley, lending a motif to the city’s branding. Trains on Main invites visitors to explore the city center by hunting for small bronze train cars placed at historic landmarks. A 19th century rail line has been transformed into the Doodle Trail, named in honor of the old train that ran the tracks forward and backward between Easley and Pickens, like a doodlebug. Today, this 8.5-mile rails-to-trails greenway brings walkers, runners and riders into the heart of downtown. Doodle Park comprises a playground and workout equipment to further enhance training.

A few local businesses roll with the train theme, too, such as The Pint Station. This craft beer taproom and wine bar is dog-friendly inside as well as out, with live music, food trucks and trivia nights.

Lennie’s Main Street Pub, the “Cheers of Easley,” serves up local bands and lots of karaoke. Another fun spot is Rainbow Billiards, a pool hall, bar and grill — trust us, get the Tater Tots. Merrell’s is the place for local pizza and Bleu Voodoo is all about Cajun and Creole.

Plan a date night at Element, a farm-to-table eatery with charming ambiance … and amazing chocolate cheesecake.

Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor and Good Karma Ice Cream are pretty cool, too.

Look for The Silos to open soon, transforming the old Dixie Milling Co. into a venue comprising community space, a brewery and multiple restaurants.

Antiquing never gets old in downtown Easley, with shops such as Circa Makers & Merchants, a curated collection of antiques, local art and handmade gifts; Garland & George, purveyors of diverse antiques for collectors and designers; and Uncle Sam’s Antiques & Collectibles, a must-go if you’re into coins and currency.

Seven Five Boutique is filled with cute clothes and shoes for ladies. Robinson’s Department Store is a full-service shop for men and women. Locals also love Plum Home Décor and Gift Boutique, Something Special and Poor Richard’s Booksellers, which is located, appropriately enough, in a building that long ago housed Anderson’s first public library.

Enjoy live, local music in the amphitheater at Old Market Square, a beautified space centered under a historic clock tower. For community theater there’s Foothills Playhouse, a beloved tradition now in its 40th season. Indulge in hometown nostalgia at the Easley Area Museum.

And if you’re a baseball fan, make a run for the Senior League World Series that’s hosted here in Easley.

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