On any given day in Greenville County, S.C., the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail thrums with the sound of spinning bicycle wheels.
Starting at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 10-year-old greenway brings cyclists, walkers and runners all the way to the heart of the city and the cascading waters of Falls Park on the Reedy River.
Along the way are markers of progress and rapid change. New riverside hotels. Luxury lofts in old textile mills. Flocks of construction cranes. End-to-end restaurants on Main Street.
Greenville County is having what one resident calls its “wow moment.” The challenge is to make sure it’s wow for everyone.
“In Greenville [County], we’re aware of our shortcomings, which I think is a strength,” says Katy Smith, executive director of the Piedmont Health Foundation, as well as the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy.