We were honored to be asked to comment on this story of expanding the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We are so fortunate to live in a community where our public officials truly get it and know a good thing when they see it. Greenville County Council and Greenville City Council our hats go off to you for your support of this bike/recreation trail that has had and will continue to have a huge impact on our community and visitors to our area. Thank you!
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —Greenville and Greenville County are one step closer to building some bridges.
Greenville City Council voted unanimously to help pay for the construction of the Greenlink Greenway. Not only will it make the trail longer, supporters say it will connect communities like never before.
The city will invest $2.5 million in the expansion. The project will connect Cleveland Park and Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research, and it will run parallel to Laurens Road.
As part of the deal, Greenville County will build pedestrian bridges on Laurens Road, Haywood Road and Verdae Boulevard. The bridges would connect to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
“We’re talking about people who need this form of transportation, need this form of recreation, and to have them cross a busy five-lane road or a busy four-lane road like Haywood Road is just not safe and it’s not enjoyable. It doesn’t invite people to get out and be active,” said Ty Houck with Greenville County Parks and Recreation.
Wendy Lynam, owner of the Swamp Rabbit Inn on Logan Street is also excited for the project.
She said extending the trail will bring even more opportunities, not just for businesses but the community as a whole.
“It gives them a new mode of transportation and connecting with the rest of the city in a healthy way on two feet or two wheels,” said Lynam.
Houck said the numbers speak for themselves.
A Swamp Rabbit Trail impact study conducted by Furman and Clemson universities showed more than half a million people used the trail in 2013. The trail also generated $6.5 million in tourism money.
“You’ve seen the business investment, you’ve seen areas in parts of the community that until the trail was there a lot of people didn’t even know that part of the community existed,” said Houck.
The county still needs to secure about $3.5 million in funding before it can break ground on the project.
FOX Carolina News – Greenville City Council Unanimously Approves Expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail
Thank you Fox Carolina News for stopping by the inn today and asking us to comment on the upcoming vote from Greenville City Council to extend the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail along Laurens Road to ICAR. Fingers crossed that they approve the funding for the expansion to include pedestrian bridges over Haywood and Verdae. Bridges can be a great way to increase visibility of the trail branding. We’ve seen it done very well on the bridges of the Silver Comet Trail in GA and the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, NC.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) –
UPDATE: Greenville City Council unanimously approved the new addition to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
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You’ll find bikers, runners and walkers on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville County.
“I think it’s a great way to showcase anything Greenville has to offer,” Wendy Lynam, owner of the Swamp Rabbit Inn said.
She said the trail leads straight to her heart.
“I stood on the front porch, I looked out, I saw the trail- I was like ‘the Swamp Rabbit Inn,'” Lynam said.
She loves it so much, she opened the Swamp Rabbit Inn, which is a bed and breakfast.
“People come here- some to bike, some come here for weddings and rent the whole house,” she said.
There are bars, restaurants and stores along the trail geared toward cyclists and Lynam wrote a guide book for them entitled Cycling Greenville.
“I started putting together rides for them and one thing led to another and it turned into a book,” she said.
And now there are talks to expand the trail near Laurens Road to Cleveland Park and to Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research, also known as ICAR.
“This potential extension is within city limits, but it is on property that the county owns,” Lynam said.
Bob Mihalic is the Governmental Affairs Coordinator with Greenville County.
“Since the day it was built in 2009, it has grown three times since then,” Mihalic said.
Greenville City Council members will vote on a resolution Monday to potentially provide more than $2 million for the extension.
“Where Greenville County owns the rail lines- we’re always looking for ways to turn those rails into something productive for the community,” he said.
The resolution asks for pedestrian bridges over Laurens and Haywood Roads as well as Verdae Boulevard. It also asks to use existing bridge on Woodruff Road for the trail.
A study shows more than half a million people used the trail last year and tourists brought more than $6 million to the Greenville County community.
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Just steps from the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville SC is the West End and some great shopping. We made this video of our boutique crawl through the West End.
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We are furnishing another short term rental in Greenville, SC. This one is a 4 room mill house steps from the Swamp Rabbit Trail and just a hop, skip and jump away from downtown Greenville. It will be like the Swamp Rabbit Inn furnished entirely in IKEA. Here is a quick little video we made yesterday on our trip to IKEA.
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CBS This Morning just named it’s top 5 picks for travel destinations US and Abroad for 2015 and Greenville, SC made the list!! Thrilling news! Also named were the Faroe Islands, Cuba, Berlin, Egypt and Los Angles. Come visit if you haven’t been here. Who knows … you may not want to leave! We’re here to guide you.
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As I reflect on 2014 and look at what I have learned through opening the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville SC, one major theme rises to the top for me – the importance of gathering and what it means to us as human beings.
Back in November of 2000 my family and I had just completed building a lake house in Illinois. I come from a family of six children and like most modern families we were scattered all over the country and even the world. I had a real longing to be with my whole family for Thanksgiving that year so I extended the invitation to everyone to gather at the lake house.
I had two children at the time a 7 year old daughter and a brand new baby girl. The nearest grocery store was 15 miles from the lake house and everyone was going to stay for at least three days. I don’t know how we did it but somehow we had a delicious Thanksgiving feast and many more great meals and built memories that will last a lifetime. There were about 10 of us that first year and we had so much fun we decided to do it again the next Thanksgiving.
Each year our group grew. My nieces and nephews, sister-in-laws, new significant others, parents and dear friends would gather. We moved from Chicago to Greenville SC in 2005 and the group followed us South that Thanksgiving to our new 10 acre hobby farm. Fast forward to 2014 and this past Thanksgiving we gathered at the Swamp Rabbit Inn. Although our group was not as large this year, as nieces and nephews have grown and married, we all talked on the phone or video chatted and it still felt like we were connected that day in spirit as a family.
Gathering at Thanksgiving for my family has been the tie that binds us, makes us feel connected, a part of something meaningful as a family. I have watched my nieces and nephews grow up into wonderful, responsible young adults and love how they all stay in touch through out the year. It has been very important for all of us to gather at least once a year.
Opening the Swamp Rabbit Inn this year, I have witnessed first hand how important gathering is to other families and groups of friends, co-workers. Taking time away from your day to day setting to spend quality time, face-to-face with other human beings doing new things, playing games, brainstorming, exploring a new city, cooking, sitting around a camp fire is exhilarating and intimate. It is the ultimate personal experience to share a space with others from the time you wake up to the time you rest your head at night. You come away with a deeper understanding and connection with your co-inhabitants if just for a night, a weekend or a week.
I love to hear the stories and traditions from our guests as they come together. Some gatherings are sad, some are ritualistic, some are celebrations, some are collaborations, some are teams or athletic endeavors. Whatever brings people in I am proud to provide them space to gather. We would be honored to host your gatherings in the upcoming year!Wendy Lynam
Owner, Swamp Rabbit Inn
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We were thrilled to receive a 2014 GGAR Revitalization Award for the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville, SC. We took an old house that was being used for commercial office space in Greenville’s historic West End and converted it into a six bedroom European style, bike-friendly bed and breakfast. Opening in June of 2014 we have had an awesome stream of guests from all over the world!
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So much going on in downtown Greenville SC during the Holiday Season! Here is a list of some of our favorite Christmas events in the Upstate of SC.
Downtown Greenville Holiday Happenings
December 5 -7th at the Peace Center!