Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Planning, Development and Preservation


Eric Morris

Committee Member

Barry Nocks

Committee Member

Stephen L. Sperry


The Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail is arguably one of the greatest assets that the emerging Greenville area currently boasts. First opened to the public in 2009, the trail system was developed in an effort to strengthen the social, environmental, and economic health of the community. Today, the Swamp Rabbit Trail attracts more than half a million users per year and stretches 20 miles, connecting the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville via an abandoned railroad corridor. As the trail’s influence continues to grow, local officials have started preparing strategies for extending the network to nearby areas. Specifically, plans developed by the City of Greenville and Greenville County propose trail expansion to communities east and west of downtown. Despite this shared objective, however, there appears to be an absence of linear, public right-of-way in these areas, and as a result, trail planners will need to employ alternative routing methods to accomplish their objectives. The primary goal of this project was to confront this challenge by identifying the most suitable route for extending the greenway network east toward the City of Greer.