department of parks and recreation
Trails and Greenways Recent and Future Projects
Sliding Rock Creek Trail
The Sliding Rock Creek Trail will begin at the Alameda Street trailhead, just off the Hincapie Path, traverse through the woods and connect to the new Heritage Hills housing development. The trail will be about a half-mile long and enhance the Nicholtown Neighborhood with new recreation and transportation options. The trail will also feature United Way’s
Born Learning stations.
Cleveland Street Bridge and Trail
Currently, the southern terminus of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is at the Reedy River along Cleveland Street (near Greenville Technical College). The next phase of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is to construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge here, adjacent to SCDOT’s automobile bridge. Following that is the continuation of the Swamp Rabbit Trail along Cleveland Street to S. Pleasantburg Drive/ 291. This trail will be built within the road right of way and on easements provided by Greenville Technical College. This construction project is anticipated to begin in Spring, 2011.
Cleveland Park Trail Rehabilitation
The trails within Cleveland Park were some of the City’s oldest paths and are some of the most used in the City.
The rehabilitation of approximately two miles of trails began in the spring of 2010 and is currently expected
to be completed by March 31, 2011. This project had a broad scope and includes several elements that will
improve the trail experience in Cleveland Park. Trails were widened and resurfaced, fencing and handrail were
added for safety, cross-walks were improved and various amenities were added. Portions of the project still
underway include some additional trail widening, new wayfinding signage and the rehabilitation of several trail
McDaniel Bypass Bridge
In conjunction with the Cleveland Park Trail Rehabilitation work a new bicycle/pedestrian bridge was constructed over the Reedy River near McDaniel Avenue. The trail crosses sides of the river here and previously trail users had to use a narrow sidewalk adjacent to McDaniel Avenue continue along the trail. This new bicycle and pedestrian bridge allows trail users to safely cross the river near the Anderson Memorial Airplane and connect to the “loop” on the other side and then proceed under McDaniel Avenue. The bridge is 118’ feet long and includes a 54’ ramp. The stonework around the bridge is a tribute to Greenville’s past and advanced LED lighting will shine on the bridge at night.
Trail Marking Project
In November, 2010 the City of Greenville completed an innovative emergency trail marker system that includes mile posts and stencils along the Swamp Rabbit Trail to help improve trail safety. Trail users will now find posts installed every half mile and a two letter code “SR” accompanied by a mile number stenciled every one-tenth of a mile. This enables trail users to easily identify their exact location along the trail, and in the event of an emergency, allow first responders to locate them more quickly.
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Swamp Rabbit Trail Connector
The Swamp Rabbit Trail Connector at Willard Street
was completed on May
7, 2010. The project consisted of the construction of a 53’ long steel and timber
bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Reedy River. It also included asphalt approaches
and landings, picketed safety railings, a raised crosswalk, signage and landscaping.
The project was completed to connect the City of Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail
to the trail constructed by the Greenville County Recreation District to the northwest
of the City. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is now 14 miles long, connecting north from
downtown Greenville to Furman University and Travelers Rest and south through Cleveland
Park to the Caine Halter Family YMCA and Greenville Technical College.
- Trail Widening. Where possible, the rubberized running surface
will be added and/or the asphalt widened to improve the flow of trail traffic. In
some locations we will be unable to widen the trail due to steep slopes and proximity
to the Reedy River.
- Trail Drainage. Several techniques will be employed to help keep
water from pooling on the trail after heavy rains.
- Resurfacing. Over 10,000 linear feet of trail will be resurfaced.
- Trail Crossings. Work will be conducted to improve the trail crossings
at Cleveland Park Drive and Woodland Way.