New Swamp Rabbit Trail Map and Video to Help Plan Your Stay at our Bike Friendly Inns in Downtown Greenville, SC or Travelers Rest, SC
Today we released our Swamp Rabbit Trail map and video highlighting our favorite stops along the trail which stretches from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC.
Greenville, SC named one of the best places to visit and one of the best cycling cities in America. Come ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail and stop at the many restaurants, breweries, shops along the way and stay in our bike friendly inns along the trail. We have an 8 room inn in downtown Travelers Rest, SC and a 6 room inn in downtown Greenville, SC right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties has two inns, one in downtown Greenville, SC and one in downtown Travelers Rest, SC, close to Furman University and at the base of some of the best road cycling and mountain biking in the Upstate of South Carolina.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 20+ mile paved greenway trail connecting Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC. It is mostly flat and perfect for all levels of cyclists. Bring your bike or rent a bike from the Bike Shed at the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville, SC. Watch our tour of the trail below as we take you into some of our favorite stops along the way!
We welcome you and your bike into our IKEA adorned European style inns walking distance to downtown Greenville, SC and downtown Travelers Rest, SC. After a great day of cycling grab a delicious dinner, craft beer, glass of wine or cocktail just out the front door of either Swamp Rabbit Inn.
We cater to cyclists with bike storage in the rooms and a trail map in each room. Grab a copy of “Cycling Greenville” written by inn keeper, Wendy Lynam, before your visit to plan your rides.
You can cycle year round in the Upstate of South Carolina. Whether you like riding on the trail, climbing mountains and rolling down country roads or shredding mountain bike trails, this area has it all right out our front door. Book your bike getaway at http://www.swamprabbitinn.com and have a “Perfect Day in Greenville” on the Swamp Rabbit Trail!
Love the map? Get a printed copy of our Swamp Rabbit Trail map here– frame worthy!
Map by @thescribblestudio
Video by @amcprophoto
In March of 2017, we opened the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR on Main Street in downtown Travelers Rest, SC. For years this property operated as the Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast.
We do things a little differently and offer vacation rentals and self serve options right across the street from the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Here is a video tour of the different lodging options we offer at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR. Rent a room or the whole house at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR. Click the big red “Book Now” button to check our availability and rates.
The Main House at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (4 bedrooms, 4 baths, full kitchen)
The Cottage at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen)
The Studio at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (queen bed, sofa bed, full bath, kitchenette)
The Coach House at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (king bed, sofa bed, full bed, kitchenette)
Book your stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties and explore all that Greenville, SC and Travelers Rest, SC has to offer!
Cycle the Swamp Rabbit Trail right outside our front door to some of the best riding in the Upstate of South Carolina. Get our guidebook “Cycling Greenville, SC” with 20 great rides to help plan your visit to Greenville, SC.
Walk to restaurants, a Saturday morning Farmers Market, a craft brewery, coffee shops, local boutiques, art galleries and concerts at Trailblazer Park
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It’s no secret that the Upstate of South Carolina has great cycling! If you are a rails to trails fan the Swamp Rabbit Trail is 22 miles of paved bike trail from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC, both wonderful destination rides just 10 miles apart. This is a very doable ride for all levels of cyclists.
Looking for something more challenging? Mountain bikers and road cyclists alike can pick from varying degrees of difficulty as you move into the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains..
Check out 20 great rides in the area in Cycling Greenville guidebook written by Innkeeper, Wendy Lynam.
We’ve got both ends of the trail covered with the original Swamp Rabbit Inn in cosmopolitan, downtown Greenville, SC and now the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR in the hipster, mountain town of Travelers Rest, just 10 miles up the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Furman University.
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This week we had the pleasure of talking with reporter Rudolph Bell with the Upstate Business Journal and appreciate the mention on their website!
Add a European-style inn to the businesses that have blossomed in Travelers Rest along the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Wendy Lynam, owner of the successful Swamp Rabbit Inn near the trail in downtown Greenville, is launching a sister inn near the trail in downtown Travelers Rest.
Thank you to the TR Tribune for mentioning our new location, the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR at 426 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 21 mile paved bike trail from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties has purchased the Magnolia Inn in downtown Travelers Rest, adding to it’s collection of bike-friendly hotel alternatives along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Located at 426 S. Main St., the property will operate as The Swamp Rabbit Inn TR, according to proprietor Wendy Lynam.
For Immediate Release
January 16, 2017, Travelers Rest, SC – The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties buys the Magnolia Inn in downtown Travelers Rest, SC to add to it’s collection of bike-friendly hotel alternatives along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The Magnolia Inn has been operating in Travelers Rest since 2008 and includes a main house with three guest rooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room. In addition to the main house is a coach house, a studio and a two bedroom cottage. There is also an RV/tiny house pad equipped with water, electricity and hi-speed internet. All guests can enjoy the pool area, gazebo, and beautiful grounds. The entire complex accommodates up to 16 people.
The property will operate as The Swamp Rabbit Inn TR and is located at 426 S. Main Street in the vibrant, trendy town of Travelers Rest. Just a few steps from the Swamp Rabbit Trail and many new restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, a craft brewery, farmers market, and outdoor concerts, guests will have many great options right out the front door.
Located in the Upstate of South Carolina, Travelers Rest is close to Greenville, SC and Furman, North Greenville and Clemson University. Guests can rent bikes on site or bring their own to ride all the world class cycling routes in the area. The Upstate is an outdoor lovers paradise with abundant trails, waterfalls, lakes and mountains.
In 2014, Wendy Lynam opened the first Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville at 1 Logan Street catering to visitors and business travelers looking for an affordable, more relaxed alternative to a hotel. She has since added five more vacation rentals along the trail and the former Magnolia Inn will be the sixth in the collection of fresh and funky, IKEA adorned properties. “Many of our guests come here to cycle and explore the area’s beautiful outdoor amenities by day and all the great restaurant and entertainment options by night. I have set up the properties to appeal to cyclists coming to enjoy our fabulous 21 mile Swamp Rabbit Trail the gateway to some of the best cycling in the Country.”
There will be a big Estate Sale at the Magnolia Inn this Thursday, January 19 – 21, from 10 – 2 each day.
Wendy Lynam, Owner
Excuse us while we pat ourselves a bit on our furry bunny backs, but… OF COURSE the perfect cycling day in Greenville begins by checking into the most cycling-centric lodging in Greenville – The Swamp Rabbit Inn (Swamp Rabbit Lodge, or Furman Cottage, or Swamp Rabbit Cottage) and having a wonderful night’s sleep!
If you didn’t bring your bike we will happily rent you one that will easily get you up and down the trail and around town.
Number One: Pick up a copy of the Greenville Cycling Guidebook by our Innkeeper Wendy Lynam! They are available for you at the Inn. Seriously, no need to… reinvent the wheel (cycling, wheel, ha)! All the nearby routes and trails for Road, MTB or cruiser casual are in there! So consult before you head out to plan your day. All routes and cue sheets are plainly displayed to set a clear course!
Usually any perfect day starts with breakfast and coffee, but let’s say you brought your bike with you and need a tune up first! You have three nearby options. If you have the presence of mind to think about ride prep the night before you can call Velo Valets and they will come to you!
If not you can roll 2 blocks up from the Inn to S Main, turn right, walk two blocks, and be at Carolina Triathlon. You can always stop for a coffee at Bex on the corner if you need that quick fix first. If you want to head toward our first destination you can find bike service at Freehub right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, exactly one mile from the Inn. Bear in mind: if you want an early start, the bike shops don’t open until 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, so it’s best to take care of it the day before.
Depending on how ambitious you feel and how long and challenging you want your ride to be you may want to enjoy the first segment simply riding the northward portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and centering your activities in Traveler’s Rest. You could also drive to any of the breakfast suggestions and then on to the various trailheads for your ‘big ride’. This post focuses on road rides primarily. For Mountain Bike options please see these links for Conestee, Pleasant Ridge and Paris Mountain mountain bike trails.
Now about that breakfast and coffee… May I suggest a progressive approach? If you want to have the quintessential perfect cycling day in Greenville you have to hit the Swamp Rabbit Cafe. So, we head out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail – all of 30 seconds from the Inn’s front door – and point ourselves northwest. Within 2.5 miles we will be in front of the cafe. If you want to start with something light, this is a great place, but heartier cycling themed fare awaits down the Trail…
Downtown Traveler’s Rest was transformed by the Swamp Rabbit Trail and many of its establishments cater to the two-wheeled set. But for breakfast, Tandem Creperie and Café @Williams Hardware can’t be beat. Especially at Tandem you will find yourself in line with a hungry hoard of spandex kits queuing up to fuel up for a ride on any given morning. Williams Hardware has homemade fare with flare for something deliciously familiar. If baked goods are your thing we must mention Upcountry Provisions in TR as well, but you may never get back on that bike! Speaking of not getting back on the bike, when the ride is done you can circle back to the Swamp Rabbit Brewery (total cyclist post-ride hangout) and enjoy a brew and fancy food truck eats.
After breakfast you have some decisions to make. You can simply continue north past Sunrift a few miles to the current end of the Trail and make a u-turn, or, head out toward Saluda Lake or Lake Robertson from Traveler’s Rest. If you are with your car you can drive to a closer starting place for the Saluda Bakery Ride or Caesar’s Head.
For intermediate rides you can circle back a bit either by bike or car to Furman Campus for the beginning of the 21-mile Little Texas Loop or pick up the 30-mile Saluda Lake ride in the middle at Roe Ford Road. Or, try the short sharp ascent of Paris Mountain. The 50-mile Hagood Mill Ride also starts at Furman. Heading out from Tandem Creperie on Center Street toward Tigerville Road and you’ll be on your way to the Lake Robinson ride (47 miles roundtrip from the Inn).
The Saluda Bakery Ride (also mapped out in the guidebook) is not for the faint of heart. It is a constant climb. Past the BEAUTIFUL watershed scenery. And (as the name implies) there’s a bakery at the end! The Wildflour Bakery. You will have plenty of company as your grind away as this is a tremendous local favorite for anyone in training. A good jumping off place for this is North Greenville University at N. Tigerville Rd.
Caesar’s Head – for the Big Hard Ride – is a 59-mile loop starting at Furman campus. You can also shorten it by 14 miles if you drive to pick up the trail in Pumpkintown. Take advantage of water and snacks replenishment at the convenience stores along the way because you are going into a state park for the climb. You will, however be reward with fantastic views!
So you’re all tuckered out. Perhaps you should shower? Maybe a nap? Ahh, now that’s better! SO, I’ll bet you are hungry – very hungry – again! There are many, many restaurants to satisfy almost any craving in and around Greenville and because we can’t possibly anticipate everyone’s taste may we simply suggest three, that are definitely cycling themed.
Sidewall Pizza One in Travelers Rest and one in Downtown Greenville. Their pizza is inventive, nuanced and frankly worthy of two locations opening in just two years. Yum.
The Velo Fellow A publik house with faithful pub fare and down-home Southern dishes. Great bar and bar games. It’s dark, it’s cozy. Settle on in. Within easy walking distance from the Inn at 1 Augusta Street.
Restaurant 17 At Hotel Domestique! You didn’t think we could get through a perfect cycling day in Greenville without mentioning local star George Hincapie!? Of course not! In fact, if you wanted to center your cycling day and trip around Hotel Domestique you could certainly do that. They have a café for that coffee and a bike shop, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner at 17. It is however the luxury choice. If you want to treat yourself to a truly memorable meal make a reservation to experience Chef Nick Graves’ creations in the elegance of the European styled hotel. Take your wine out by the patio fountain and gaze at the landscape you have conquered this day.
Not to mention, the porch swing, rocking chairs and decks at the Swamp Rabbit Inn are a sublime spot to finish your day too. The hills of the Upstate await! We’ll save you a space to park your bike(s).
Check out more of our “Perfect Day in Greenville, SC” posts!
We had such a great time with Truck INN Tuesdays this summer that we’re at it again. We’re hosting THE BEST fall festival in Greenville, SC. Join us October 25th from 4-7 for our first annual Hoptoberfest!
We’re thrilled to have Charlotte bluegrass and Americana musicians My Girl My Whiskey and Me (and their sweet pup Homegirl), Automatic Taco food truck, and all our local Makers like Modern Forestry Soy Candles, Reedy River Farms, Greenville Goods, Jocie Pots, Bone and Ink, and many more.
Super excited to have our special guests from Tennessee @brewbracelets and @thebeertrale. Give a listen to an episode of The Beer Trale, an entertaining look at the world of Craft Beer. They will be coming here to do an episode Greenville’s craft brewing community so please connect with before or at Hoptoberfest!
Of course, The Bike Shed at Swamp Rabbit Inn will be open as well. And no proper fall festival would be without a kids and pets costume parade!
If you’re a local looking to partake in a family and pet friendly Sunday event, we’re the fall festival for you. In town for the Hincapie Gran Fondo or other local event? Join us for a fun, relaxing time! We look forward to seeing all our friends, fans, guests, and neighbors in a few short weeks.
P.S. Mark your calendars for our holiday event in the inn, Holiday Hoppinings, December 10th.
Thank you to blogger Tanya DeOliveira of Biking In The Upstate for this review of “Cycling Greenville SC” guidebook:
Click here to read full review …
Here is a snippet of the review …
Monday, February 23, 2015
Book Review: Cycling Greenville South Carolina
I’m ready for spring! What about you? No better way to shake off the cold winter by dreaming and preparing for the spring riding season. And there’s a book out about cycling – road, mountain and recreational – that you will want to put on your must read list!
As I mentioned in a recent post, I had the opportunity to read the book Cycling Greenville South Carolina. Wendy Lynam, local cyclist, owner of the Swamp Rabbit Inn and Greenville entrepreneur, wrote this book because the Greenville area lacked a bicycle-riding tour book.
Book available locally and online.
This book is an easy to read and navigate paperback that will have you planning the next group and solo rides in Greenville County and the surrounding area. I consider myself a dreamer when it comes to long distance rides, and this book has me inspired to take on new, longer and challenging routes.
Read the full review here.
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.
Come visit Greenville and stay with us!