From today’s Greenville News:
TRAVELERS REST — There’s no doubt that Greenville County residents and visitors love the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.
And soon, there will be more to love.
By summer, the current 17-mile trail from Travelers Rest south to Lake Conestee Nature Park will expand at least a mile northward, said Ty Houck, director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources at Greenville County Recreation District.
Houck made the announcement Thursday at the grand opening of the mountain bike skills course, a loop around the 15-acre Gateway Park in Travelers Rest. The park will serve as headquarters for the inaugural Swamp Rabbit Cyclebration on April 6.
Houck said right-of-way is already secured for the new section of trail. “Everyone has been really good about easements,” he said.
With future expansions, the Swamp Rabbit Trail could continue north toward Heritage Elementary School and Northwest Middle School, Houck said.
Mountain bike trails at Gateway Park officially opened Thursday morning. Also at the park is a youth skills development course, jumps, boulder sections and various other dirt features.
Jarret Peek, the president of Upstate SORBA, which volunteered labor and money to help build the park trails, said these type of skills parks are becoming increasingly popular.
“These are popping up all over,” Peek said. “Around here, it definitely helps relieve congestion at Paris Mountain State Park.”
The terrain and features make the park suitable for both advanced riders and beginners.
“There were more than 120 people out here riding Sunday,” Peek said. “It’s great for kids. It’s definitely a safer place to ride.”
Travelers Rest Mayor Wayne McCall said trails such as the Swamp Rabbit and those at Gateway Park have been an economic incubator for his city.
“The Swamp Rabbit Trail has been phenomenal for the whole county,” McCall said. “But more so for us in Travelers Rest. I can’t begin to tell you how much of an economic boost it’s been to this town.
“It’s been a perfect partnership for everyone involved.”
Travelers Rest will build a spur trail from the Swamp Rabbit Trail to the site of the old Travelers Rest High School, where constructionon a 700-seat amphitheater is set to begin shortly.
Other amenities at the old high school site, which still includes the school’s gym, are an open-air farmer’s market and a new fire station. That station will replace a smaller, out-of-date facility dating to 1958, said City Administrator Dianna Turner.
This latest expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is only the beginning, said County Councilman Joe Dill, who represents District 17 in the northern part of Greenville County.
“We have plans to take the trail even farther,” Dill said, “all the way to River Falls.”
The inaugural Swamp Rabbit Cyclebration in April will include road rides of 40 and 70 miles, a 10-mile family ride on the Swamp Rabbit, as well as mountain bike and BMX events within the park on the mountain bike trails.
The all-day event is a fund-raiser for the Greater Greenville Parks Foundation, and it also includes a “Pump Track Jam,” dirt demos, a mountain bike skills camp, lunch and a post-even celebration behind Sunrift Adventures.
“That will truly be a community event,” Houck said. “We’re inviting everyone to come out.
“Biking is a lifetime activity. You get out there, and you’re happy.”
It’s an all-day event at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest as part of CYCLEBRATION on April 6th! Come on down and see what all the fuss is about with the new skills park! There’s riding for all levels. Catch mad air! Get your speed on! Show you have impeccable balance and skill! Hang out behind Sunrift for some beverages by Oskar Blues! You aren’t going to want to miss this!
For DuPont this weekend, if you are not camping but want to participate in the work day please meet us at Corn Mill Shoals Saturday morning at 9:00 am. If you would like to camp Saturday night only, Jonathon LaRoy can give you directions after the work day on how to get to camp.
We will work from 9-2. Bring gloves,water and lunch. We will most likely be hand building detoured on Cannon Creek trail.
The following is a note we received today about a planned condo project on 50 acres of Paris Mountain. Please read and sign the linked petition!
A resident who owns 50 acres on Paris Mt. is planning a condo project on his land. This is being opposed by other residents and friends of Paris Mountain. The fellow proposing the project already has approval for a 50 home residential neighborhood so he is positioning the condo project as the better of the two choices. Read the article link below for all the info on the situation.
I personally don’t think we can stop development on Paris Mt. It the old situation that you want to move there but you don’t want anyone else to move there and spoil things. At best we can slow and limit development.
I oppose the condo project as I feel this would just be one condo of many on this fellows land. It already sickens me when I look up at Paris Mt. from Furman and see large bald spots popping up with large estates sitting on them.
So I signed this petition the residents have set up. I enjoy cycling over Paris Mt. and would love to see the development be minimal and as slow as possible. Development increases automotive traffic and I’d like to see it kept to a minimum. The residents of Paris Mt. tolerate our continual presence in their neighborhood so here’s a chance to say thank-you.
Sign the petition here:
Ken Drescher, a cyclist
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Come on out this Saturday, March 9 and help work with the Greater Greenville Parks Foundation and Greenville County Recreation District on the Upstate’s premier Bike Skills Course! Gateway Park is in Travelers Rest, SC and is quickly becoming a mountain bikers mecca. Come see for yourself why everyone is raving about it. Get your hands dirty so you can say you were a part of building something awesome!
Sign up here: Volunteer Sign Up
Gateway Park is located in Travelers Rest, behind Sunrift Adventures. MAP
What: A unique opportunity to camp inside of Dupont at the Barn while giving back to a place we love to ride.
When: March 22 – 24. Friday you can show up to the Gate off of Reasonover Road/Conservation anytime after 4:00 pm to set up your camp. The gate combo will be provided a couple days beforehand for those folks who register. You can register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-dupont1
You can also show up for the work day which will start at approximately 9:00 from the barn. Depending on the project we will give alternate directions for those wishing to participate in the work day only.
Camping requirements and FAQ: One member of your camping party must participate in Saturday’s work day to be eligible to camp.
What will the work day be like?
Saturday we will work approximately 9 – 2:00. Bring gloves, water, lunch and a positive attitude to showcase Upstate SORBA’s willingness to give back to the places we love. We won’t have an approved project until a few days beforehand. Comment below if you have any questions. Most likely we will be performing maintenance/re-routes on existing trails.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, most certainly. Again one person from the family will be required to work if you want to camp. Children old enough to take direction from an adult are welcome and we will find something useful for them to participate in. A great opportunity to teach children forest stewardship.
Can I bring a camper?
Yes, you only need let us know in the comments section of the sign up for here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-dupont1 so we can regulate the number of campers that will be allowed.
Can we have Beer and Alcohol?
The policy at Dupont is no Alcohol. However, we are mountain bikers… Keep it in a non-descript cup and stay reasonable. We reserve the right to publicly humiliate anyone otherwise.
Showers and Running water available at camp?
If the overnight temperature stays above 32 degrees we will have showers and running water. Otherwise it will be “primitive” camping at the barn.
Can NON-SORBA members camp and participate in the work day?
Yes, I reserve the right to ask you to join 6,352 times during the weekend.
Have more questions or concerns?
Please leave a comment below.
It’s easy to see why we’re so excited about Gateway Park. We were just out there today and took these photos. It’s going to be rad!
You’re probably wondering, “What can I do to help out and take ownership of this awesome project?” Well, the answer is simple! Come on out on Saturdays and help finish building the park of your dreams. There are going to be opportunities for your to give your input on what features you would like to see in the park. Come on out! You deserve this place.
Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-gateway
Come on out to Gateway Park in Travelers Rest on Saturday to help build Greenville County’s first bike skills park. The trail is coming along nicely, but we still need YOUR help! You know you want to tell your friends that you helped build this bad boy, so come on out and be a part of something so insanely good, you won’t even believe it when it’s finished. You’ll be like “WOAH!”, then your friends will be like “What? Oh! WOAH!”
Seriously, come on out. You deserve to be a part of this. We don’t tell everybody this, but hey…we love you. It’s true.
You can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-gateway