The Swamp Rabbit Trail is perhaps my favorite part of living in downtown Greenville. This is a 13 mile walking/running/biking trail that runs through the parks downtown and up to the city of Travelers Rest. The trail is part of a larger plan that is to have a total of 128 miles of paved, natural, and street paths around Greenville County. The majority of the 13 miles is paved asphalt between 8-12 feet wide with mile markers every half mile. These markers can be a bit confusing as they start at mile 23 at the end of the trail in Travelers Rest. The plan is that mile 0 will be at the North Carolina state line. There is about a mile and a half of trail in two sections that has a 2-3 foot wide composite rubber path. I took a little ride yesterday and I mapped and photographed the trail. Below is a Google map of my trip. Click on the blue markers for photos and some descriptions.
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In order to be able to give a clear description of the trail I set out to ride it from one end to the other and take some photographs as I went. This trail is a work in progress that will extend much further in each direction when completed. As such, the current ends of the trail are not notable for their attractions or as destinations.
I started at the Eastern most end of the trail, on Cleveland Street, where I was greeted with the sign to the left. The City/County is nice enough to let us know that, while this trail currently just ends abruptly, there are future plans to extend this portion on to other sites further South and East. You can find the entire Master Plan on the Cities website. According to the Mast Plan, eventually you will be able to travel from the North Carolina state line all over Greenville County and beyond all on foot/bike paths both paved and unpaved.
George Hincapie, one of our more renowned current local residents. The next, approximately half mile, is a combination of asphalt and composite running surface that you can see in this photo. On this section of the trail you will pass right near the Caine Halter YMCA, and there is a clearly marked path that leads off the trail to the Y.
Falls Park, pictured to the right, is the outdoor center to Greenville. At the top of the photo you can see Liberty Bridge, a very unique suspension bridge that adds a wonderful architectural touch to the natural beauty of this spot. there is so much to do and see around this park that I will have to write at least one post just on it.
Rails to Trails program. here the trail travels behind old warehouses and the cities garages.
After leaving the composite surface behind we enter and area that runs for about half a mile where the trails runs through an active rail area. Caution should be taken in this area as trains are often moving across the trail, particularly on weekdays. As the trail passes right next to the rail yard, the trains are usually moving quite slow.
Here we reach the westernmost end of the trail. At this end there is a small parking area and a covered bench, but not much more.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.