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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, a local healthcare provider, generously provided $1 million to help develop and publicize the trail. Beginning in the north at Tate Road in Travelers Rest, the trail passes the GHS North Greenville Medical Campus as it continues through the community's downtown.
Following the Reedy River, the trail heads south through the park-like setting of the Furman University campus and continues into downtown Greenville, ending at Greenville Tech on Cleveland Street. Varying from 8 to 12 feet wide, the trail features a paved surface for bicycles, skaters and walkers, with an additional rubberized surface for runners. Amenities along the trail include lighting, picnic areas, benches, water fountains, restrooms, signage and bicycle racks. Views of the Reedy River are plentiful throughout the trail.
After a short gap of a few miles, the trail picks up again at I-85 and winds through Lake Conestee Nature Park, which offers 400 acres of beautiful forest, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.
Most recently, a disconnected section of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail opened in the city of Fountain Inn, which lies southeast of the nature park. Although only a half-mile long, it travels by a pond and is quite picturesque. Future plans call for continuing the route through Simpsonville and Mauldin to connect with the rest of the trail.
The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is easy to reach from Highway 276, which it loosely parallels, and there is no shortage of parking in the numerous parks along the route, including Gateway Park (115 Henderson Dr.) and Trailblazer Park (235 Wilhelm Winter St.) in Travelers Rest, and Falls Park (601 S. Main St.) and Cleveland Park (150 Cleveland Park Dr.) in Greenville. There are also several places to park in Lake Conestee Nature Park to access the disconnected southern segment of the trail.
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