Since it opened in 2009 connecting Greenville to Travelers Rest, the Swamp Rabbit Trail has gained star status among South Carolina’s recreational attractions. The 22-mile multi-use greenway system was built on a historic rail bed and offers a scenic pathway for walking, biking, jogging, skating and dog walking.
The trail takes you past Furman University, ranked among the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Furman features its own 13-mile network of paved pathways to explore the university’s 750 lush acres. Highlights along the way include unique gardens, a Japanese temple and a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s famed Walden cabin. The centerpiece of the trail system is a 1.5-mile loop around Furman’s 40-acre lake, offering views of Paris Mountain.
In town at Gateway Park is the Bike Skills Flow Park, featuring a progression of trails with various challenges and terrains designed to introduce mountain bikers to the sport. It includes a figure-eight pump track and cross-country trail.
In addition to the bike course, Gateway Park has a baseball and football field, a basketball court, tennis courts, a picnic area and a playground.
Another playground popular with the younger set can be found at Poinsett Park. For parents, there’s a walking trail that circles the play area, allowing them to get in a little exercise of their own.
If golf is your preferred recreational outlet, you’ll enjoy hitting balls at Spring Park Golf Range or playing a round at the challenging par-72 Furman Golf Club, ranked among the 30 Best Campus Courses in 2019 by Golfweek.