Heritage Trail (SC)

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There's no better place to take in Greenwood's industrial and railroading past than along the aptly named Heritage Trail, which extends more than 2 miles from the town center south to outlying countryside. Throughout the mid-20th century five railroads ran through town, crisscrossing and paralleling one another. (This route runs along the Georgia & Florida Railroad corridor.) The busy junction was dubbed Hobo Jungle because the rails attracted a population of transients who would captivate local children with tales of wayward adventure.

A commemorative brick plaza marks the trailhead. It centers on a turntable once used by railroad workers, two at a time, to manually turn steam locomotives for their return trips. The plaza also has interpretive signs, a pair of passenger cars from the early 1900s and the Railroad Historical Center.

A half-mile along the tree-lined trail look for the old Coca-Cola building, which bottled soda through the 1950s. In the early 20th century a circus set up tents in the adjacent field, and the rail line was used to transport animals and equipment for a downtown parade. Farther down the trail stand the century-old Panola and Mathews mills, part of the nationwide Abney Mills and Greenwood Mills textile companies. On the west side of the trail, the Grede Foundry used to cast automobile parts and other products. The paved trail ends amid open fields and scattered homes.

Parking and Trail Access

Take I-26 to Exit 54 and head southwest on SC 72 about 30 miles to Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood. Veer right on US Highway 25 Business to Main Street/SC 34. The trailhead is at the intersection of Main and Circular Avenue. Palmetto Bank allows trail users to park in its lot.

Greater Greenwood Parks & Trails Foundation
P.O. Box 8021
Greenwood, SC 29649


very nice

   July, 2015 by squad51

I rode my adult trike there and its very nice. Flat and peaceful. Loved it and will go back. I read these crazy reviews about it being "eerie" one user got scared off. What a bunch of babies. Its not scary and I loved riding without anybody else on the ...read more


   July, 2015 by michellerae90

I parked at the Palmetto bank to start the trail. Walked about 100 yards on it, heard some violent commotion and had to turn right around and leave. I don't think I'll be going back. Run at Lander's track instead for safety. read more

Nice, but in the wrong part of town

   April, 2015 by bwhite757

I've lived in Greenwood most of my life, and although I enjoy this trail, it starts out in a rough area of town. It's scenic and kept up well, but it does have a troubled past. Used to be a lot of issues with violence and street crime that was associated ...read more