The Mary Black Rail Trail is just a short segment of what will eventually become the 12-mile Hub City Connector, which itself will be part of the larger Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile trail across South Carolina. As of early 2011, 290 miles of the trail are open.
The paved Mary Black Rail Trail is flat and passes through part of Spartanburg's industrial neighborhood. You can access the trail from some of Spartanburg's community plazas: on East Henry St near Ricky's Drive-In, on Forest Avenue and at Country Club Road. The trail is built on what was once a section the Norfolk Southern rail line. The line was built in 1849 and originally called the Spartanburg-Union Railroad.
Parking and Trail Access
From Exit 21 on I-26 in Spartanburg, drive east on E. O. Ezell Blvd. (US 29) to North Church St. (US 221/SR 56/9). Turn right onto North Church St. then left onto East Henry St. The trail begins at the junction of East Henry St. and Union St.