So far, you’ve seen quite a few fun and exciting places the Carolinas have to offer. The road trip is not over yet. As Chris Bainbridge continues to make his way through these two unique states, he’s found another location that requires two wheels. This week Bainbridge takes you back to his old college stomping grounds.
When Bainbridge was in college, the Swamp Rabbit Trail was a little more than an abandoned stretch of a railroad and a patchwork of short, disparate walkways. Today, those 22 miles of enjoyment are a connection that brings people together from Greenville to Travelers Rest.
Before you hit the trail, make sure you’re ready. Stop at Reedy Rides in downtown Greenville. Whether you need bike rentals, repairs, or if you’re in the mood for amazing tours, the guys at Reedy Rides are an excellent resource for Upstate exploration. You can book your rental at ReedyRides.com for a half-day, full-day, or a weekend. The 7-speed comfort cruisers are perfect for peddling around downtown or climbing your way up the trail.
Bainbridge starts his adventure at Reedy Falls Park. Surrounded by restaurants, retail, a giant waterfall, this park is a gorgeous area familiar to anyone who calls Greenville home. This is a great place to pack a picnic from Ingles Markets and spend an entire afternoon.
Just a short ride up the trail is Linky Stone Park, a beautiful children’s park. If your kiddos like Peter Rabbit, this will be a fun stop. Speaking of rabbits, where did this trail get its name? Well, the Swamp Rabbit is a species of rabbit that can swim. Their population was so massive that Greenville and Northern Railway picked it up as their nickname. When the railroad was gone, the name lived on, and they christened it the Swamp Rabbit Trail in 2009.
A key corridor of this fantastic trail runs through one of Bainbridge’s favorite places on earth—his alma mater, Furman University. Incidentally, Ingles is proud to sponsor Paladin athletics, which will start back up later this month. As you continue north, you arrive at the city of Travelers Rest, which is a gateway to adventure in the mountains beyond.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is the perfect destination to explore city parks, wooded greenways, shops, and restaurants. You’ll get some surprises too. Whether you bike it or walk it, Bainbridge promises you will enjoy it. Your weekend is waiting.
To learn more about Ingles Market, visit their website at ingles-markets.com.