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Old 09-18-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Simpsonville
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I am relatively new to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and recently asked a local bike shop where are places to park and access the trail? They suggested a place near downtown off of Richardson Street. Please correct me if I am wrong but I found a parking lot that appeared to be by the bike trail and it was "Deplorable"! This appeared to be across the street from a park like setting. Water filled craters and a mud parking lot! I told myself that this could not be a parking lot for this use/access of the highly recommended Swamp Rabbit Trail. My gosh this parking lot looked like an off road mud bogging sight. Tell me it isn't so? If it is, please inform me whom to contact and report this unsightly parking area. JMHO. Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It's technically not a parking lot but people use it as one. That was supposed to be the site of the Camperdown Condos project until the recession killed it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:53 PM
 
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Water filled craters and a mud parking lot! I told myself that this could not be a parking lot for this use/access of the highly recommended Swamp Rabbit Trail. My gosh this parking lot looked like an off road mud bogging sight. Tell me it isn't so? If it is, please inform me whom to contact and report this unsightly parking area. JMHO. Thanks.
It isn't owned by the city, and is not maintained. The owner is not local and either doesn't care or is unaware that it is a popular parking spot. If they ever find out, it will probably be closed off or converted to a paid lot. So ... and maybe it will continue to be available for a while longer. Any vehicle can navigate there in dry weather, but beware - avoid the potholes that can swallow a Mini Cooper. In this wet weather, plan on parking somewhere else and riding to the trail.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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We always park in Cleveland Park and run towards downtown and up past that area you are speaking of. That's a good place for free parking though closer in. You could park at County Square as that's a close by lot that is free.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Greenville
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I looked up the property owners on Greenville County's website and it said that NaturaLand Trust is overseeing the property. I found they have a website. I submitted an inquiry to the trust to see what plans, if any they have for the property? Hopefully they will respond soon and I will report my findings here.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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I looked up the property owners on Greenville County's website and it said that NaturaLand Trust is overseeing the property. I found they have a website. I submitted an inquiry to the trust to see what plans, if any they have for the property? Hopefully they will respond soon and I will report my findings here.
Last time I rode by this area (parking lot by LinkyStone children's garden), it was barricaded off and seems to be closed now.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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Isn't that the location of a potential new development by Windsor Aughtry Company?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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The parking lot was closed off due to erosion problems.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Has anyone parked at the gravel lot at the corner of Mayberry St. and Peden St.? The last time we walked by, it was empty and looked like it was prepared as a nice parking lot right on the trail.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Has anyone parked at the gravel lot at the corner of Mayberry St. and Peden St.? The last time we walked by, it was empty and looked like it was prepared as a nice parking lot right on the trail.
The lot belongs to the same owners as the Swamp Rabbit Crossfit center. It would be good to ask there first to get their viewpoint. It would be a convenient place to park though.

Other than that, the county University Ridge parking lot is the next best.
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