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Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail

2.5 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Woodchips

Brevard Bike Path

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Doodle Rail Trail

7.3 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

French Broad River Greenway

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

19.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk
Accordion

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Nantahala Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail

1.7 mi
State: GA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This moderately difficult walk follows the bed of railroad that was never completed—the America Civil War got in the way of SC Statesman John C. Calhoun's rail dream. They did get as far as starting to ...
SC 2.5 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to ...
NC 5 mi Asphalt
The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 7 miles and includes two ...
SC 7.3 mi Asphalt
The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek, Carrier, and French Broad River. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks ...
NC 2 mi Asphalt
The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health System, ...
SC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Little Tennessee River Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River and a tributary, Cartoogechaye Creek. There are plans to extend the greenway from Suli Marsh, at Arthur Drake Road to Lake Emory, ...
NC 5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The 1.2-mile Nantahala Bikeway extends from the Nantahala Outdoor Center to the Nantahala Gorge raft launch site in the Nantahala National Forest. A half-mile of the trail follows an abandoned spur of ...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail (also known as the Shortline Trail) spins a short, smooth circuit through Tallulah Gorge State Park. From its trailhead beside Tallulah Falls Lake, the 1.7-mile paved path ...
GA 1.7 mi Asphalt

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Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to ...

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 7.3 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 7 miles and includes two ...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 2 miles

The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek, Carrier, and French Broad River. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks ...

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health System, ...

Accordion

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health System, ...

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

NC - 5 miles

The Little Tennessee River Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River and a tributary, Cartoogechaye Creek. There are plans to extend the greenway from Suli Marsh, at Arthur Drake Road to Lake Emory, ...

Nantahala Bikeway

NC - 1.2 miles

The 1.2-mile Nantahala Bikeway extends from the Nantahala Outdoor Center to the Nantahala Gorge raft launch site in the Nantahala National Forest. A half-mile of the trail follows an abandoned spur of ...

Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail

GA - 1.7 miles

The Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail (also known as the Shortline Trail) spins a short, smooth circuit through Tallulah Gorge State Park. From its trailhead beside Tallulah Falls Lake, the 1.7-mile paved path ...

Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail

SC - 2.5 miles

This moderately difficult walk follows the bed of railroad that was never completed—the America Civil War got in the way of SC Statesman John C. Calhoun's rail dream. They did get as far as starting to ...

Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to ...

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 7.3 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 7 miles and includes two ...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 2 miles

The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek, Carrier, and French Broad River. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks ...

Accordion

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 2 miles

The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek, Carrier, and French Broad River. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks ...

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health System, ...

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

NC - 5 miles

The Little Tennessee River Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River and a tributary, Cartoogechaye Creek. There are plans to extend the greenway from Suli Marsh, at Arthur Drake Road to Lake Emory, ...

Nantahala Bikeway

NC - 1.2 miles

The 1.2-mile Nantahala Bikeway extends from the Nantahala Outdoor Center to the Nantahala Gorge raft launch site in the Nantahala National Forest. A half-mile of the trail follows an abandoned spur of ...

Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail

GA - 1.7 miles

The Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail (also known as the Shortline Trail) spins a short, smooth circuit through Tallulah Gorge State Park. From its trailhead beside Tallulah Falls Lake, the 1.7-mile paved path ...

Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail

SC - 2.5 miles

This moderately difficult walk follows the bed of railroad that was never completed—the America Civil War got in the way of SC Statesman John C. Calhoun's rail dream. They did get as far as starting to ...

Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to ...

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 7.3 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 7 miles and includes two ...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 2 miles

The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek, Carrier, and French Broad River. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks ...

Accordion

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health System, ...

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

NC - 5 miles

The Little Tennessee River Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River and a tributary, Cartoogechaye Creek. There are plans to extend the greenway from Suli Marsh, at Arthur Drake Road to Lake Emory, ...

Nantahala Bikeway

NC - 1.2 miles

The 1.2-mile Nantahala Bikeway extends from the Nantahala Outdoor Center to the Nantahala Gorge raft launch site in the Nantahala National Forest. A half-mile of the trail follows an abandoned spur of ...

Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail

GA - 1.7 miles

The Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail (also known as the Shortline Trail) spins a short, smooth circuit through Tallulah Gorge State Park. From its trailhead beside Tallulah Falls Lake, the 1.7-mile paved path ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Doodle Rail Trail

Love this trail

October, 2016 by cherylsaunders_tl

As an inline-skater, runner and cyclist, I use this trail at least once a week and I love it.

Just focusing on inline-skating. The trail is wider than the Swamp Rabbit and the paving is new and pretty solid. I find that the trail itself is kept pretty clean throughout the year (thank you to the caretakers). For non-skaters, a trail covered in leaves, twigs and stones is almost impossible to use on skates.

The hills are tough. There are long gradual gradients and shorter sharper gradients. The ups are a great workout, and the downs require the ability to control yourself on skates, and to slow and stop yourself safely.

There are road crossings. Some of these roads are busy and for some you don't have visibility until you hit the crossing. Again, knowing how to stop quickly and safely is needed.

Because of these challenging aspects of the trail, I don't go out without my helmet and wrist, elbow and knee guards. I have tumbled twice (slipped and quick stopped) and, thankfully, only have a couple scratches to show for it (knock on wood).

Comparing the three parking lots, Alice's Manufacturing and Easley are slightly off the trail, while Pickens isn't. You may need to put your skates on at the trail if you don't chose Pickens. For me, the easiest full ride starts at Alice's (heading toward Easley initially), followed by Easley end, then Pickens end. This is due to how tired I am when I hit the final hills.

When I started inline-skating last year (2015), I had previously hardly ever tried inline-skating and was not in great shape. It took me about 1 hr 50 min to complete the full 15+ miles (I worked up to the full distance). Now, a year later, it takes me less than 1 hr 20 min at my fastest. What this means to me is, I can probably skate the trail and keep up with my casual cyclist friends as they bike it, making inline skating a viable option for a group outing.

Doodle Rail Trail

Very nice trail

October, 2016 by niceman

Following the former rail line, the asphalt surface is very comfortable to ride, with some sections in the shade. There are gentle but very noticeable slopes. The endpoints of Pickens and Easley are about the same height, and there is about 400 feet of climb each way. It might be a workout on a single speed bike but easy to ride through on a multi speed bike.

One year on, the trail is still beautiful and well maintained. Also, they have added 3 Dero Fixit bike repair stations with air pumps and tools. So even if you forget a tool, you won't be completely stranded if something goes wrong.

There are some decent restaurants in both Easley and Pickens, with 1 restaurant (Auntie Ann's) not far from the Pickens end.

Doodle Rail Trail

It IS hilly.

September, 2016 by robert.clark.18007

A lot of people say its an easy ride. Thats because they probably have bikes with 21 or more speeds. Try this on a regular simple beach cruiser and you wont be saying how "easy" it is to ride. I encountered numerous people pushing bikes and complaining about the long hard grades.I would never go back there. I like to pleasure ride not work my butt off praying to see the end.You can actually leave the Pickins parking area and coast a loooong way before slowing down. If thats not hilly I dont know what is.

Accordion

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

Great trail.......but not for weekend!!

July, 2016 by mrcycle205

My wife and I came 200 miles to experience this much talked about trail. We encountered the weekend crowd. Walkers, runners, VERY SLOW walkers with dogs that would not move out of the path. Also many cyclists that didn't know much about trail rules and such.
We actually thought the trail itself was very nice and would be great anytime besides the weekend. There were many cyclists, like ourselves, just out to have a good ride but dodging children and dogs is not my idea of a fun weekend. The trail is much better and less crowded near Traveler's Rest and Furman. We enjoyed the shops in Traveler's Rest and especially the small ice cream shop.
We are considering coming back but.....in the middle of the week after the morning crowd has gone. This would be a great WEDNESDAY trail ride for sure! We have a house up in Virginia (we live in Ga.) on the New River Trail and bike a lot there but we enjoyed the paved ride in Greenville....when we weren't dodging animals, children and slow people! I must say....we will give it another try one day, It IS a very good trail!

French Broad River Greenway

great running trail

July, 2016 by subscriptionsnads

The trail extends further north with dirt road, but very interesting trail.

Doodle Rail Trail

beautiful trail

June, 2016 by stanl2

Yes, there are some long stretches that were going uphill ( or downhill depending on direction ). For example, it is uphill from the 6.4 mile marker to the peak at the 7.3 mile marker. Likewise, it is uphill from the 7.9 mile marker to the peak at the 7.3 mile marker. But the elevation gain is only a few hundred feet. Still a very enjoyable ride. More interesting for the first time traveller will be the location of the parking at 514 Fleetwood Drive, Easley SC 29640. Currently ( June 2016 ), the parking is a gravel lot with a port-a-potty. It is across the street from a gas station, and across the trail from a liquor store with bars on the windows! I didn't have any problems, but I road on a Sunday morning, when the store was closed, and there were *no* loitering pedestrians nearby. I don't know about other times of day. However, this Easley trail head has a map and a air/tools station. Very nice.

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

dandy don 54

June, 2016 by doncon78

Not marked very well. We lost interest and returned to car.

Doodle Rail Trail

Great Evening Ride

June, 2016 by mwalsh_tl

Someone complained in their review of how uphill this trail is. Granted, there are some grades, but none are terribly long, and, yes, it IS a little bit of a workout, but not too bad. My friend and I, without killing ourselves, made the 15.3 mile round trip in just under 90 minutes last week. I highly recommend it and look forward to going back soon.

Mike Walsh

Doodle Rail Trail

Great ride through pastoral settings

May, 2016 by mikelince

Due to the more rural setting of this trail compared with the Swamp Rabbit Trail between Greenville and Travelers Rest, the Doodle Trail has much less traffic. Also, the paved surface is wider and smoother than the SRT. I did this ride today with fellow seniors, and none of us had any difficulty with heat or hills.

It's a railroad grade, so there is nothing steeper than a 3% grade. Our oldest rider, who is 81, did this ride without over exerting himself. Anyone who would skip this ride because of hills would have to be a total wimp. Just to emphasize the point, we saw a 5 year old girl on a little bicycle with training wheels do this entire ride round trip with her parents.

Take plenty of water. There is none on the trail. And the only restrooms are porta-potties at each end of the trail - nothing in between.

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

May, 2016 by brennan.smith.5623

Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail

Short and Sweet

May, 2016 by kmwatkins

Nice little peaceful bike trail. A little short, which prevented a 4th or 5th star. Cool suspension bridge to cross which provides good views of the river.

Brevard Bike Path

April, 2016 by prima0611

Walked this trail today with my daughter from Lowe's to the end at McLean Road. I brought my trikke up from Florida and was checking it out for a ride alone tomorrow. The trail is great, but crossing 280 we were nearly hit by a car. We crossed at the light with the signal and although we had the right of way a woman pulled out of the Arby's behind us and came so close if I had taken one more step she would have hit us. It was almost deliberate as she had room to pull to the outside lane but did not. Please be careful and watch behind you as you cross.

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