Swamp Rabbit Trail Announcement - May 2019

Welcome to Bike Month - what is going on with the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System
Monthly Newsletter from Ty Houck. Greenville County Parks, Recreation, Tourism

Sunny days, good temps, time to get out and have some good times. As is my custom here is some sundry information in no particular order:

  • The 11th annual Swamp Rabbit 5k will once again double the population of Travelers Rest this today. Food and fun with some running and walking thrown in there to help you earn those calories. The race and dinner is only $15! Details Here for the party (And no that is not photoshopped image on the website. Told you it was a big party!)
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail System is only 10 years old. Bike month in May 2009 and the Swamp Rabbit 5k marked the start of Swamp Rabbit Trail System. In 2009 it only went from Travelers Rest (TR) to Furman, just 4 miles. Today it is 22 miles with a Green Line and an Orange Line. (I stole that idea from the subway and mass transit systems around the globe). It goes through the heart of Greenville, towards the mountains outside of TR, and provides community connection in Fountain Inn.
  • Green Line expansion from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR and Fischer Middle School will expand our system to 27+ miles. We have had incredible success working with many private landowners to make this possible. Stay tuned. We’ll have some news shortly
  • Prove that you are riding your bike and win stuff One of our Community Partners has put together an awesome motivator to ride your bike more this month. Check out this link for all the details. Teaser – prove that you have biked to 1 of 9 places in Greenville County and you could win a 3 night stay at Fripp Island.  
  • Ride of Silence, May 15, 2019, 7pm Unfortunately not everyone comes back when they leave their house for a ride. This ride is for all abilities as we all take a moment to focus on our loses. Click here for details.
  • Bike to Artisphere and Bike Walk Greenville will valet your ride Saturday and Sunday, May 10th and 11th from 11-5 roll up the Green Line of the Swamp Rabbit and look for Bike Walk Greenville’s bike valet location under Main St. near Hall’s Chophouse at and get the best parking in town. If you want to volunteer at the valet sign up here
  • Simpsonville will get their first section of Swamp Rabbit Trail System this summer. Construction will be starting up this summer on a 1 mile section in downtown Simpsonville and it will include the first appearance of Road Armadillos in Greenville County (Google them). And maybe SC?, does anyone know if they have seen Road Armadillos elsewhere in South Carolina. Wonder if Rudy Mancke would know?
  • Art on the Trail call for artists deadline May 31st – While the 8th annual Art on the Trail event in Travelers Rest isn’t until the fall beauty of October 5th. The call for artists deadline is at the end of May. Details here
  • Tails and Trails 5k Walk/Run May 11th – Our course your four-legged family members love the SRT too, so we created this party for them. Join the fun at Conestee Park for this fun-draiser that supports moving the needle towards a 100% No Kill community. Details here.
  • Only 2 more Short Track races remaining at Gateway Park in TR this season – Upstate SORBA has put on another fun series of races this spring that roll from the backyard of Sunrift Adventures and into the mountain bike skills park at Gateway Park. Come race or just come for the family fun but either way try to stay to watch the bats leave the Sunrift barn as they go out for their evening insect feast.
  • Thanks, Blue Wall Adventures for Hump Day Trail Work Jam Nights – Besides offering incredible guided outdoor adventures, Blue Wall Adventures has been giving back to the dirt by organizing volunteer trail work days at Gateway Park. The next one is May 8th. These are good times and great way for students to get in some community service hours. Details here. Post work dinner at Chicora Alley is a great way to get to know the others that showed up to put sweat equitity into our trails. THANKS!
  • Village Wrench offering Free Bike Repair this weekend, May 4th 10-noon at Swamp Rabbit Café  - You can’t enjoy all this fun of Bike Month if your bike is all janky, so throw it in the car and head to Swamp Rabbit Café to get the crew at Village Wrench to help you find your Inner WEEEEE. Don’t own a bike? The crew at Village Wrench has an awesome program where you can earn a free bike and know how to maintain it. Details here.
  • Help rebuild the bridge at Lake Conestee Nature Park – Since 2000, the non-profit Conestee Foundation has been building and growing the green oasis that is Lake Conestee Nature Park. If you have hiked there recently you have seen the damaged bridge. Help them rebuild it by taking a second and clicking here to show your support. The Conestee Foundation is one of our many incredible community-mind non-profits. If you love LCNP so much that you want to work there here is the job for you.
  • Advanced mountain bike camp full but still some spots in the beginner camp – Advanced camp filled up in 2 weeks but we still have a few stops left for the July17-19 beginner camp for ages 6-9. Think of this as day camp with mountain bikes with highly skilled coaches to help your future shredders get stoked. Details here.
  • NICA Middle School and High School adventure and competitive mountain biking – Speaking of shredders, the growing Upstate Shredders program is having an upcoming information meeting for rising 6th-12thgrade student athletes. Over 60 kids in Greenville County are already part of the program, with Greenville High having so many athletes that they are their own team now. In addition, many of the parents have gone through the national training program to become assistants so that instead of sitting on the sidelines watching their kids practice they are out there having fun and building life-long memories. Details Here
  • Join the effort to bring the Swamp Rabbit Trail System to the Golden Strip area – A committee called the Golden Strip Trails Committee has been recently created and is growing. The cities of Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn are pooling their resources along with Greenville County to bring the economic driver that surrounds the trail system. If you want to be engaged email Angela here.
  • Momentum Bike Club’s Executive Director, David Taylor, recently on the SC Business Review– Since initiated by Furman University’s Riley Institute in 2010 and now a program of Clemson University, Momentum Bike Clubs has grown into 19 schools in Greenville County and 1 in Pickens County. Creating youth and workforce development opportunities, Momentum Bike Clubs is a unique mentoring program centered around using the activity to riding a bike to set and achieve goals previously seen as impossible by youth.  Listen to David’s interview with Mike Switzer here.
  • Ride to the Triumph game this weekend. Use the Green Line of the SRT to get the best parking. Just turn West on  East Bramlett (near milemarker SR321 then roll up 3/10th of a mile to the front gate. Game details here.Game starts a 7 so pack a set of lights for the ride home and don’t set that tail light on blinking when on the trail, its annoying and seizure-inducing. 

I could keep going on with cool bike/trail related stuff but I would rather ride my bike. So thanks for reading this far. See you out and about in Greenville County.

Ty Houck
Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources
Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
4806 Old Spartanburg Rd
Taylors, SC 29687
O/ 864.676.2180x141
C/ 864.331.9631