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Very cool trail!!! We saw a turtle! so if that doesn't warrant a 5 star rating I don't know that will.

The Trail was very well marked with white blazes for the longer loop. The shorter trail some people mention in their reviews was blazed in red. Markers with distance placed every half mile to help track time and distance. I had 2 dogs in tow and we finished the 5 mile loop in just about 2 hours. The Trail is well traveled and even though I was out early, we passed several groups (more than 5, less than 10). The Trail offered great views of the lake with several stops along the water for the dogs to drink. I would certainly rate this as moderate because there is a lot of undulation. Overall a great hike that I’ll do again.

It’s a nice walk through the woods. Can’t complain

This was a fantastic trail! We did the 5
Mike loop. It was wooded the whole time with beautiful views of the lake. We saw deer multiple times during our hike. This is close to home, so I plan to come back often!

This is unquestionably a bike trail, no where near a hike. The majority of the paved path is adjacent or eye shot away from the main roads. This is definitely more enjoyable if biked and stopped along the way at the quaint areas, like Traveler’s Rest for food and drink. Overall this path is more about the distance and less about the scenery.

This trail or system of trails is so close to my house, that I really wanted to like it. But I would have to say for my first time there today, I was a little disappointed. The concept of the trails is great! It’s a very large area that prior to being turned into trails was just sitting there swampy, unused and unknown. Now it brings a lot of people out. And that’s great. There are a variety of trails: paved trails, boardwalks, and dirt trails. So far so good, but the signage to tell you where to go is confusing. And the Maps saying “you are here“ are strangely disorienting. Go and try it out yourself. I certainly will go back, even with these concerns.

Great run. Mainly feels like it’s for bikers, but wasn’t a problem. Moderate hills, a lot of fun. I got 3.4 miles

we went all the way to the dam and old factory and the back. over 4 miles. But really appreciate the improved trails and boardwalk. Wonderful hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful 5.1 mile hike! Yes, tree roots to navigate on 80% of the hike. Views of the lake much of the way... be aware that the last mile is a steep and challenging climb.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun and easy trail to bike. There are alot of other, unmaped trails in Lake Con. aswell. All the trails there you can bike as far as I know.

Paved greenway with plenty of shade, bikes, dogs and other hikers/walkers. Wide enough for all to enjoy !

road biking
2 months ago

Had a blast on the trail today with my wife, very easy ridding. Many spots are in the open sun so wear sunscreen like we didn’t XD

Nice easy loop around the lower lake.

good for long tailings,

Great hike!!

hiking
3 months ago

Miles of trail options in woods and along the shores of Lake Norman. Trails are covered with bare roots, leaves and Carolina red clay this making them slippery in wet weather. Nice spots to eat on trails or nearby Troutman has Randy's BBQ or Pomodoro's Italian/Pizza for lunch.

road biking
3 months ago

Wonderful way to explore Nature in Greenville.

road biking
3 months ago

I love cycling from Kroc Center to TR you can stop at Furman along way and eat lunch in downtown TR.
Great for all levels of cyclists however if novice be sure to pay attention and stay to right. Many experienced cyclists use trail and on weekends very busy.

on Swamp Rabbit Trail

walking
3 months ago

Only walked the bit in TR so far. We will take the whole thing once we get bicycles.

Great hike , beautiful view.

hiking
4 months ago

So much of this is for hiking or horses. The hiking only parts are great but the parts shared with horses is gravel which just an annoying walk as if it’s a gravel road. If they would just scrape a path beside the gravel sections it would be great. The feel and noise from a gravel road just don’t cut it

road biking
4 months ago

First time today riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Started at the trailhead in Traveler's Rest. Something of note is that you cannot park at this trailhead but rather at the Ingles about 1/2 mile away. This will require riding a small segment of White Horse Road as you pull out of the Ingles parking lot to get to Tate where the trail starts, or ends depending on your start point. We rode to the lake at Furman and back. Easy ride, albeit a little crowded at points, through varying scenery including woods, creeks, a lake, and cosy downtown Traveler's Rest - where you can rest on a park bench or at a locally owned restaurant.

Great trail for getting some cardio in! Certainly not a hiking trail by any means but it’s fun to explore. Great for walking, running or riding bikes. Can get really crowded in most stretches but it’s still a great way to get outside.

trail running
4 months ago

I do the short 2.5 mi loop as a trail run with my dog. In the summer it is mostly shaded. Lots of roots so be careful, but it makes for a fun and challenging trail run. In the fall, winter, and spring the hilly portions of the trail may be slippery if it is wet or leaves on the trail. There are a few beach stop offs as the trail follows the lake. It's a beautiful hike and I've seen ospreys, woodpeckers, turtles, snakes, and deer many times on this trail.

Beautiful, peaceful area!!

Very clean and well maintained trail. I normally do the entire trail barefoot.
Beautiful scenery and plenty of cute little sandy beaches to stop and hangout or get in the water at.
Also well marked trails and trail intersections. Actual signs with arrows.
Both my dogs big and small love this trail as do I.

trail running
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful even if it was a HOT, HOT day!

I did the 2.5 mile loop (short loop) of this trail. The lake is pretty, and it wasn’t crowded. Water was nice to cool off in!

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