Last Friday members of the community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Loop Trail, the official beginning of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail (SRT) in Laurens County.
The Laurens County Trails Association’s two-mile trail is the first of 16 projects funded through the county’s Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) referendum approved by voters in the November 2020 election. The Trail is located across from the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Building (291 Professional Park Road, Clinton).
“Voter’s approval of the penny sales tax referendum in the last election was the push we needed to move the Loop Trail forward and make this groundbreaking possible,” Bud Marchant, director of Laurens County Trails Association said. “Our trails association and community credit the vision and insight of Laurens County Council and the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission for making funding possible to turn the dirt on Friday.”
The Loop Trail offers visitors, including biking, walking, and running enthusiasts, with a unique venture through wooded and open land on an asphalted trail meeting standards set by the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, the Upstate’s 22-mile trail system linking cities and communities together from Travelers Rest through Greenville. The cities and towns of Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Fountain Inn and eventually Laurens County together.
“The Trails Association plans to push forward four to five miles in each direction offering our county a unique outdoor experience and an economic development driver that can benefit our communities.”
Click on the images in the photo gallery for a look at the trail and the ribbon cutting event.