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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  • My husband and I biked the trail recently. It's comfortably wide but has many stops signs and some busy roads to deal with. Wasn't too busy on a weekday morning and early afternoon. You can stop close...  more »
  • This was our third time of biking this trail. We started at the Falls River Park and road all the way to the end right outside Travelers Rest. From start to finish we biked for 2.5 hours with a couple...  more »
  • I think this is one of the highlights of Greenville, whether you just stay in the trail around downtown or get further away. We love the ride from downtown to Traveler's Rest. Probably about 11 miles ...  more »

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