Greenville is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. The terrain is hilly, given its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. There’s a growing running scene in Greenville, with the best opportunities centered around the Reedy River and the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. Note: Summers in Greenville are hot and humid, with 40+ days averaging over 90F (32C). Runners should plan accordingly. Also, the area is quite hilly.
We’ve mapped several routes incorporating the Swamp Rabbit Trail, including a central section along the Reedy River between Falls Park and Cleveland Park. The trail also heads north to Travelers Rest, while a southern trailhead is located in Lake Conestee Nature Park. There’s also some pleasant running in the historic districts and residential areas near downtown and east Greenville. The bucolic campus of Furman University is another great place to run in Greenville. For some trail running, the hills of Paris Mountain State Park are very popular, while Issaqueena Lake Trail is worth a visit. We’ve also provided a guide to several small lakes and parks nearby.