If you have lived around Greenville, SC at any time in the last decade or so, chances are good that you have heard of the Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs from Travelers Rest all the way down to Laurens Rd, with a few disconnected additions in Simpsonville, Fountain Inn and now, Laurens County. Officially opening in 2010, extensions and trail spurs are constantly being planned, and new sections opening.
Two new extensions opened recently, adding 4 miles to the southern section along Laurens Rd., known as the green line. The green line has been open for barely a month and already businesses along and near the trail are seeing an increase in customers.
The second section opened is a 2-mile loop in Laurens, SC, encompassing the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and surrounding area. The ribbon cutting for the Laurens Loop was last month, in June. Eventually, the plan would be to connect the Laurens trial to the Fountain Inn trail.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail green line extension opened up along Laurens Road in Greenville, adding 4 miles to the trail.
Where are the trails located?
The northern trail begins in Travelers Rest from Tate Rd., off White Horse Road Ext., connecting the town to Furman University. Continuing south on the trail, it takes you passed Cherrydale and into Unity Park, which was completed and opened in 2022, located beyond the Kroc Center near downtown. Continuing on the trail, you will see the Children’s Garden just before downtown Greenville, then moving through Falls Park on the Reedy River, into the Cancer Survivors Park, just before Cleveland Park and the Greenville Zoo. At Cleveland Park, a trail spur heads south, ending at Greenville Tech on Cleveland St & Pleasantburg Dr. The main trail continues east from Cleveland Park to one of the newest extensions, the green line. Connecting the Greenville Zoo to Verdae Blvd., the green line runs along the north side of Laurens Rd to Airport Rd., and continues to Holland Park ending at Verdae Blvd. That adds up to 17 Miles of uninterrupted trail!
But there is more! Farther South the SRT resumes North of Lake Conestee Nature Park at Parkins Mill and Mauldin Road. Through Lake Conestee Nature Park (North Area) then into the main park where many natural surface trails and a few trail spurs are located. This section of the SWT ends on the southern side of the park, where there is convenient parking.
A few more unconnected sections are complete. One begins on Trade Street and is just shy of 1 mile along the southern side of Main Street in Simpsonville. Another jump in Fountain Inn that is 0.87 miles of trail located on Mount Zion Dr. Lastly, the newest 2-mile loop addition is in Laurens, SC. This loop serves as the starting point for linking Laurens and Clinton communities together.
More extensions and trail spurs are in the planning stages. We will keep you posted!
July Weather Update
Like most of the country right now, it is toasty out there! Highs have been in the 90s for days, but it looks like a tiny bit of relief is coming. We are coming back to highs in the upper 80s starting this weekend.