The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a twenty mile multi-use rail trail that runs from Greenville Technical College north through Falls Park in Downtown Greenville through the gorgeous landscapes of Furman University and ends about a mile north of the city limits of Travelers Rest. Natives to the Greenville pay patronage to this charming trail whether it be a casual walk through Falls Park, an endurance run on a bike, or a jog through some of the beautiful parks, the Swamp Rabbit Trail has enough to keep any avid fan coming back year round.
It’s heritage began in 1999, when the city of Greenville created the Greenville Economic Development Corporation to purchase the once abandoned passenger light rail from the Greenville and Northern Railway. As it went through several phases of development from 2005 to 2010 it finally opened to the public with much excitement and has now become a national icon for avid cyclist around the country. The trail has become a permanent installment for the Upstate increasing business sales to numerous small businesses by thirty to eighty-five percent. In 2012, the town of Travelers Rest experienced incredible growth due to the trail and is now undergoing a renaissance as a result.
You will pass through industrial parks, a waterfall at Falls Park, Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, numerous river banks, and other exciting parks that will encourage you to stop along the way. It’s estimated that well over a half million people use the Swamp Rabbit Trail annually, with a quarter of which is estimated to be tourism. It has brought the community of Greenville together with each locality adding to its charm. Tree planting projects, river rehab projects, and art works have become an ongoing installment at various parts along the trail. Each year it is given more character, demonstrating the power of volunteerism, to what many are calling a spectacular work in the making. DeYoung and Cain Group is a proud supporter to the work and development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and proudly invite you to experience this national treasure here among the Upstate.