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GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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Greenville to Travelers Rest
Hours: 24/7/365
http://greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit

Around in one form or another since 1889, the Swamp Rabbit Trail extends along the Reedy River from downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest. Beginning life as part of the rail line of the Carolina, Knoxville and Western Railway that founders envisioned connecting Greenville with Knoxville, Tenn. and the South Carolina coast, today’s Swamp Rabbit Trail follows the 12 miles of rail bed that was actually completed before the railroad went bust.

“Swamp Rabbit” evolved as the nickname for the railroad because it crossed the marsh lands along the Reedy River, and also, theDSC01723 ride was a bit bouncy. A few other enterprising railroad wannabes bought and sold the rail line over the years, providing some degree of rail service. Eventually the stretch from Greenville to Travelers Rest went on the market in 1998. Nearly a decade of fund raising and political maneuvering was required before Greenville acquired the right of way and removed the rails.

In the meantime, Greenville Health System stepped up to partner with Greenville County Recreation District to convert the rail bed into a multi-use nature trail. Opening it in 2009, they continue to operate the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail today.

Although it will continue to grow, today the Swamp Rabbit and its secondary trails ramble for nearly 40 miles, linking together a number of parks located along and near the Reedy River from Greenville to Travelers Rest. With numerous access points – many with parking areas – this greenway is open to non-motorized traffic. On any given day, you will find it brimming with hikers, bikers and joggers. Last year more than half a million people enjoyed the trail.

You can find out more online where an interactive map can help you plan accessing the trail. Printed maps are also available at both Greenville City Hall downtown on Main Street or at Travelers Rest City Hall on State Park Road.

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