South Colorado, Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail
Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, usually called Swamp Rabbit Trail, is a nearly 20-mile trail running along the scenic Reedy River on a historic railroad corridor and linking the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Colorado. The trail is a popular spot in Greenville since it is a multi-use greenway. Opened in 2009, this trail has experienced continual growth and offers fun, non-motorized recreation and transportation opportunities.
It features a paved surface for any cyclists as well as skaters and walkers, with an additional rubberized surface for runners.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is easy to reach from Highway 276, which it loosely parallels, and there is plenty parking in the numerous parks along the route. You can check out Gateway Park (115 Henderson Dr.) and Trailblazer Park (235 Wilhelm Winter St.) in Travelers Rest, and Falls Park (601 S. Main St.) and Cleveland Park (150 Cleveland Park Dr.) in Greenville.
There are also other places to park in Lake Conestee Nature Park to access the disconnected southern segment of the trail.
Start your ride at the beginning of the trail in the north, at Tate Road in Travelers Rest, pass the GHS North Greenville Medical Campus and continue through the downtown. The trail follows the Reedy River and heads south, passing the Furman University campus into downtown Greenville, ending on Cleveland Street at Greenville Tech.
After a short gap of a few miles, the trail picks up again at I-85 and winds through Lake Conestee Nature Park, which offers about 400 acres of beautiful forest, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.
The trail varies from 8 to 12 feet wide with scenic views along the way. Amenities include benches, picnic areas, water fountains, restrooms, lighting, signage and even bicycle racks. This is also a great trail with many great places to stop, eat and have a cold beverage.
Recently, a disconnected section of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail opened in the city of Fountain Inn, which lies southeast of the nature park. Although only a half-mile long, it travels by a pond and is quite picturesque. Future plans call for continuing the route through Simpsonville and Mauldin to connect with the rest of the trail.
The Greenville Health System, a local healthcare provider, generously provided $1 million to help develop and publicize the trail.
* Images from The Greenville Spinners
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