GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville

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The Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 19.9mi multi-use rail trail in Greenville County, South Carolina, that largely follows the bed of a former railroad that had been nicknamed after the indigenous swamp rabbit. South-to-north the current trail begins at Greenville Technical College, crosses the city of Greenville, proceeds through Falls Park and the campus of Furman University, and ends about a mile north of the Travelers Rest city limits.HistoryIn 1999 the city of Greenville created the Greenville County Economic Development Corporation to purchase the roadbed of the abandoned Greenville & Northern Railway for dual use as a greenway and light rail passenger line. Although the proposed commuter rail was quickly abandoned, the Greenville News editorially suggested a bike and hiking trail, though admitting the plan to be an "unrealistic dream."Nevertheless, planning for a multi-use trail began in the summer of 2005, and the Swamp Rabbit Trail was already attracting users by January 2008, even before it officially opened in 2010 after considerable "legal entanglements, regulatory roadblocks, financial issues and citizen opposition."One currently unconnected section runs from Lake Conestee Nature Park to Parkins Mill Road and I-85, and another disconnected section exists in Fountain Inn. Residents of the affluent Parkins Mill neighborhood have opposed a connector from the Lake Conestee section, but Greenville County plans to bridge the gap with underpasses or overpasses.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Swamp Rabbit Trail is well maintained, covers a good amount of miles, and allows you to stop along the way to eats if you want! You can go from Greenville to Travelers Rest. A great way to spend an af...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I live near Travelers Rest, SC so I often ride this trail. It's a fantastic find! The trail is well-maintained and over 15 miles long. I generally ride from Travelers Rest to Falls Park in Greenville....  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Was so great to enjoy the scenery and the ducks and other birds as we walked around the lake. It's a popular place, with lots of people out walking and cycling. It would be nice to rent a bicycle and ...  more »

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