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Trails Rules and Etiquette

The Greenways are serving both as transportation and recreation corridors. The expansion and improvement of the Trails System, including the Swamp Rabbit Trail, has led to an increase in the number of these users. As such, it is important for all users to share the trail. Here are a few rules and tips that will help improve your experience and safety when biking or walking on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or other greenways within the City. Soon, you’ll see signs up along the Trails System reinforcing these rules.

  • Trail Hours: Dawn to Dusk
    Most trails are not lighted and are closed at nighttime. This does not apply to the Riverwalk and areas adjacent to the Liberty Bridge.

  • Share the Trail & Keep Right
    Please help us make the trail a friendly environment for all trail users by not blocking the path. Walk and bike on the right side of the trail to facilitate 2-way traffic and using caution when passing other trail users.

  • Pedestrians Have the Right of Way
    Faster moving trail users, such as bicyclists, rollerbladers and skate boarders, should yield to walkers and joggers.

  • Communicate Before Passing
    When passing from behind, please ding your bike bell or say “passing” loud enough to alert those in front of you.

  • Maintain a Safe Speed
    Please slow down when rounding curves, passing other trail users, traveling downhill, where the trail narrows, approaching intersections or when conditions dictate.

  • Use Caution at Street Crossings
    Please slow and stop at all street crossings and use caution when proceeding into the intersection, even when using a marked crosswalk.

  • Keep Pets on Short Leashes & Remove Pet Waste
    Dogs are welcome on the trail, but please keep them on a short leash in order to keep the trail safe for all users. Additionally, please pick-up after your pet. Fecal matter from pet waste can negatively affect water quality of the Reedy River. Bags are provided along the trail for waste removal, please deposit full bags in trash receptacles.

  • Respect Private Property, Stay on Trail
    Please stay on the paved and marked trail at all times.

  • No Motorized Vehicles
    Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the path at any time. However, please note that in order to maintain the trail you may occasionally encounter maintenance trucks and lawn mowers on and alongside the trail.

  • In an Emergency, Call 911. On the Swamp Rabbit Trail, use the trail marker numbers as references.


  • Report non-emergency concerns to City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department at 864-467-4350 or call Greenville Cares at 864-232-2273 (CARE).