In our area, many bright winter days call us outside, into the crisp air and under Carolina blue skies to get a breath of fresh air. Luckily, our area has an extensive network of greenways to make it fun and easy.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Upstate South Carolina goes roughly from Greenville Tech to Furman University. It is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists and features routes through Cleveland Park and the opportunity to detour to Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Traveler’s Rest.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy is active in the NC Triangle, creating and maintaining greenways and trails including the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail.
Escapes into the great outdoors in the NC Triad area are accessed via 11 miles of Piedmont Environmental Center trails in Highpoint or the seven-mile Salem Lake Trail in Winston-Salem. Almost 50 miles of trails and greenways run along the shoreline of Greensboro’s watershed lakes—Higgins, Brandt and Townsend. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs along the adjoining lakes’ southern shoreline and some of the trails are open to mountain biking.
The Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area features some fifteen different greenways throughout the city and county. Some of the most popular greenways wind through popular community gathering spots such as Freedom Park, Reedy Creek Park and McDowell Creek Park.
While parts have been completed and opened, the Carolina Thread Trail is a planned regional network of trails and conserved land that will reach approximately 2.3 million area residents. It will link people, places, cities, towns and attractions. The scale of the Carolina Thread Trail’s connectivity will serve as a legacy to our children and a tribute to the beauty of the Carolinas.