Fall is a great time of year out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to enjoy the changing colors.
Last week, a new section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail opened along Cleveland Street. This adds another 0.8 miles to the trail, and extends over the Reedy River to Pleasantburg Drive. There was a dedication ceremony which was a part of Greenville Technical College’s 50th anniversary celebration. Greenville Tech made an easement to allow the trail to go through campus property and allow space between the trail and the road.
The bridge weighs 90,000 lbs and was assembled on site from 3 separate pieces.
Some new signs popped up in the last week along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The city is rolling out a new Smartphone application which will help visitors find their way around the trail. It answers questions such as
- Where is the nearest restaurant?
- Where is the nearest ATM?
- How far to the next restroom?
- Where’s a nearby drinking fountain?
Smartphone users on the trail can just scan the QR Code on a sign to see the web site swamprabbittrail.net. The easiest way to see the interactive map is to choose the “Launch map in browser” button. In the future, Swamp Rabbit Smartphone Apps will simplify the whole process, but for now they appear as preview apps on the bottom of the page.
Part of the recently opened section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail follows the Reedy River. At one point I encountered this rig near the ReWa facilities. I can’t guess its purpose … fishing … water depth measure … Mail hook for Kayaks? Does anyone know its purpose?
In December, another section was opened on the southern section of the Swamp Rabbit trail. It goes from I85 down to Augusta Acres, near Lake Conestee park. It does not connect directly to the rest of the trail at this time, but eventually will be connected.
Because the weather is so mild, the Rye cover grass is growing very rapidly this year.
One segment of the Swamp Rabbit Trail crosses a track of the CSX working rail yard near the Republic Locomotive Works north of the city of Greenville, and curves off to the left in the photo. Although the tracks are not difficult to cross, the sign warns new cyclists that they can cause problems. This poem, written by another trail user describes it best:
Lovin’ bicycling on the road for forty years,
but not without some tears.
Some flowed at a railroad track,
when I landed on my back.
When the railroad crosses a trail,
you better remember your tail.
If you should cross it wrong,
you’ll sing the sad song.
The angle you make,
is a piece of cake,
When you cross be particular,
that you make it perpendicular.
- Ed Sherman