Swamp Rabbit Trail
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile multi-use (walking and bicycling) greenway that traverses along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, South Carolina.
Swamp Rabbit Trail Interactive Map
The Swamp Rabbit Interactive Map was inventoried, photographed and developed by the City of Greenville GIS Division, with support from the City's Parks and Recreation Department and the Greenville County Recreation District. Its purpose is to aid everyone - from out-of-town visitors interested in experiencing the Swamp Rabbit Trail to regular trail users - by providing useful trip-planning information. The map is especially content-rich inside the City of Greenville — featuring trail amenities and points of interest, as well as special considerations for a safe experience. Photos, IPIX 360 degree images, and audio are available at select locations. This web map is accessible from all types of devices and operating systems.
We recommend using a standard internet Web Browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Safari for pre-trip planning. Go directly to the map and bookmark it for future reference.
The Green Line Extension
Walkers, runners and bikers will soon be able to safely and conveniently travel from downtown Greenville to CU-ICAR via the Green Line of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail (SRT). The SRT extension will run from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR, along the north side of Laurens Road.
The new trail is a cooperative city-county project, with the city responsible for building The Cleveland Connector (also known as the Paperclip), Laurens Road Bridge, Haywood Road Bridge, and Verdae Blvd Crossing. The county will pave the trail and continue owning and maintaining this Green Line section.
City of Greenville senior mobility coordinator Calin Owens gave City Council a progress report on the five-mile addition to the Green Line during their November 14, 2022 formal meeting.
Owens offered the following updates:
- The switchbacks connecting the SRT to Cleveland Park are 40 percent complete. Called "the Paperclip" or "Cleveland Connector" section, crews have removed an abundance of earth and rock and are currently erecting the first of two retaining walls. The work is scheduled to be completed at the end of February.
- The pedestrian bridges over Laurens and Haywood Road are 87% complete. Crews will work on walls, deck and curb pours, and then install railing. The Haywood Bridge will open at the end of January, followed by the Laurens Bridge at the end of February. The county plans to pave the trail in sections as the bridges are completed.
- The street-level crossing at Verdae Boulevard is 30% complete and will include a bright green pedestrian walkway, new concrete ramps and pedestrian-controlled, push-button full-stop traffic signals. It is scheduled for completion in mid-January. Additionally, city staff is conducting a feasibility study to determine how best this crossing can be upgraded to a bridge or underpass. 30% of the underpass and alternative overpass feasibility study will be completed in February. A consultant is studying the underpass's feasibility and looking at an alternative bridge option to keep the trail in railroad alignment. The city plans to explore a bridge and a tunnel option fully.
- City staff is also exploring adding three neighborhood spurs that would connect to the Green Line, with the goal of going out to bid for the projects in the summer of 2023. Neighborhood residents in Nicholtown, Gower and Verdae will be involved in the planning process.
- The County has paved the trail between Laurens Rd Bridge and Think Tank Brewery and between Haywood Rd Bridge and Verdae Blvd. They have indicated they will pave the remaining sections of the trail after we complete our bridges.
City Council also gave initial approval to an ordinance creating a formal agreement between the city, Verdae Development Inc. (VDI), and Hollingsworth Funds Inc. (HFI) for the construction of a trail connector and bridge between Legacy Park and the Green Line extension. VDI and HFI would fund the design and construction of the trail with input from the city. Upon completion, the infrastructure would be dedicated to the City for maintenance and public use.
The 20+ mile trail is a regional recreational amenity, economic driver and multimodal transportation asset for the city and county.