Ever since I bought a used bike and my wife restored her old one, she’s been bugging me to get out and ride the new Swamp Rabbit Trail extension in Traveler’s Rest, SC. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is named for the defunct railroad line that used to pass through the area until 1993. Eventually, it will connect to the larger Rails to Trails network that spans the East Coast. I’ve been reluctant to ride the trail because it’s still a work in progress. All of the rails and ties have been removed, but the path isn’t completely paved. Our bikes are old and without shocks, and I like my teeth the way they are. Still, we headed out to Travelers Rest and started riding toward Greenville. We didn’t know how much of the trail was finished, but we’d heard that portion was in good condition.
This benchmark is full of information.
Here’s a closer look at the map: (Print a PDF version)
We only rode to Furman University and back. It was really crowded. We were out there the day before the USA Road Cycling Championship, and so was everyone else who likes to ride. It’s kind of like the week of The Masters, when everyone develops spring fever and you can’t get a spot at the driving range. I managed to get this picture when we reached an uncrowded spot:
It was fun and we’ll definitely do it again. Next time we’ll get lots of pictures of the scenery. Once they have the Trail Tram up and running, I think we’ll ride it out to the end of the trail and ride our bikes back home.
UPDATE: The trail is finally connected from Greenville to Traveler’s Rest. Here are some pictures.