Northern section of Swamp Rabbit Trail opened

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – A new section of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail heading north from Travelers Rest officially opened to the public on Tuesday.

The 1.2-mile paved stretch runs from the kiosk at Grandview Memorial Gardens on Geer Highway (across the street from North Greenville Hospital) in Travelers Rest north to Tate Road (just off White Horse Road Ext., across from the Geer Highway Ingles).

A ribbon cutting, attended by city, state and country representatives, was held at the southern end of the new section Tuesday morning.

Officials said the goal is to one day extend the multi-use greenway system to the campus of North Greenville University, then on to River Falls and the North Carolina line.

Utilizing funding from two grants, construction on the newest extension of the trail began late last year.

"This is a case of success breeding success in that funding for this expansion was aided by community desire and creativeness that helped us secure two community enhancement grants," Ty Houck, Greenville County Recreation's conservation and greenways director, said at the time.

The trail now runs continuously for nearly 19 miles, with its southernmost point being the Greenville Technical College campus on Cleveland Street in Greenville.

To learn more about the Swamp Rabbit Trail, visit the Greenville County Recreation website here.

To view an interactive trail map, click here. (Note: As of this time, the map does not include the new 1.2-mile section.)