Bicycling in the Upcountry

Venture on the Swamp Rabbit Trail

By:Marie McAden for

The once sleepy community of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, is an Upstate destination for foodies, beer geeks and fun-loving adventurers, thanks to a misplaced cottontail and his namesake trail.

Opened in 2009, the 18.7-mile GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail connects downtown Greenville, South Carolina, to TR, as it’s known to locals. A favorite with area cyclists, runners and walkers, the paved rail-to-trail pathway has acquired star status, earning raves in national publications such as Southern Living, USA TODAY and Outside Magazine.

The Rabbit is bringing traffic into the town’s Main Street corridor, a four-lane thoroughfare that had previously served visitors as simply a route to the popular Paris Mountain, Table Rock, Caesars Head and Jones Gap state parks.

Vacationers are welcome to stop in TR to begin or end their trip on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. To meet the needs of these thirsty and hungry travelers, restaurants, shops and a microbrewery have popped up along the Rabbit’s route, providing visitors with countless options for entertainment in Travelers Rest.

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