Saturday, May 11, 2019

Swamp Rabbit Trail Expansion Proposed

swamp rabbit trail expansion proposed
Greenville SC and the surrounding areas are making a determined effort to become more walker, biker and runner friendly. Simpsonville is the latest city to announce an expansion of the Swamp Rabbit trail which already covers 22 miles. This multi-use greenway trail runs along the Reedy River and through city parks and connects Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville SC.

The new Simpsonville trail would be just under a mile long and would run from Trade Street downtown to Fairview Road. The path would parallel Southeast Main Street and follow the railroad tracks.

The Simpsonville City Council still must vote to allocate funding but once they do it will move forward by starting work in July. This project will cost around $400,000 and would include infrastructure work along the route.

Currently, the Swamp Rabbit Trail does not connect to Simpsonville, but this will be the main section once the trail gets down to the Golden Strip. If it isn’t connected, it will still be a useful trail for points of interest within the city.

Long term goals for the Swamp Rabbit Trail are to connect it from Travelers Rest down to the Golden Strip. There are trails already running further south in Fountain Inn. But before this can happen, an extension that takes the trail from Cleveland Park in downtown Greenville SC to Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research needs to be built.

Greenville SC County and the surrounding cities are still working on gaining easements and talking with private property owners to make this trail happen. The response has been positive.

Imagine a trail that would traverse all the cities that are included in the Greenville SC area metroplex offering an alternative way to get to work. Offering a secure path away that allows runners, walkers and bikers the opportunity to explore healthy exercise options.

The trend for the younger generation is to move into cities where they can do everything either on foot or by bike. Extending the Swamp Rabbit Trail will go a long way to keeping and recruiting a younger generation of happy workers.

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