Great Places in America: People's Choice

We all have places dear to our heart. APA invites planners and community members everywhere to select their own Great Place in America — the People's Choice designee.

The 2017 People's Choice Is ...

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail: Greenville, South Carolina

Please join APA in congratulating this year's Great Places in America People’s Choice designee and the four other finalists! And thanks to everyone who cast one (or more) of 51,600 votes — an all-time high!

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Photo by Sundrift Adventures.

The Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail network puts Main Street on a county-scale in Greenville County, South Carolina. Located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Escarpment the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail sees more visitors annually — approximately 501,000 — than the entire population of the county.

The trail originated in and was the catalyst for the revitalization of the town of Travelers Rest. Thanks to the trail's popularity, once-vacant old textile industry buildings all along the trail are renovated, repurposed, and brought back to life with new business and services with pleasing monikers like "The Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery" and "Hampton Station."

Running through the downtown pulse of cities such as Greenville and Travelers Rest, the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is currently a 19.9-mile pedestrian thoroughfare with public restrooms in restaurants and stores and parking lots at churches.

Embedded in the neighborly fabric of this Upstate South Carolina community, the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail generates $6.7 million in tourism economic impact annually since it hopped onto the landscape in 2009. Many of those tourists have become residents, and the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is frequently the "ace up our sleeve" when the Economic Development Office is recruiting new business and talent. Growth has happened every year as people seek a healthy lifestyle and a "Greenway of Life."

Future expansion visions include flying the trail through the second story of a mixed-used building and "invisible" bridges over roadways.

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