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Rail-Trail Envy Spurs New Development, Tourism in South Carolina

The people of Pickens, S.C., could see what was happening in the city of Greenville, just 20 miles to the east. And they saw that it was good.

swampThere, the development of the Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail (right), along a disused railroad line, was at the heart of the city’s effort to revitalize its main street and downtown commercial district, and provide free and accessible outdoor recreation options to residents in an effort to combat a rising obesity rate.

I read on GreenvilleOnline this morning that, eager to replicate Greenville’s success, city leaders in Pickens have allotted money and awarded contracts for several projects that will improve local bike/ped infrastructure and create recreation outlets and tourism attractions.

One of these projects is the second and third phases of the Appalachian Lumber Greenway Trail, a paved, multi-use trail along the old Appalachian Lumber Company’s rail corridor.

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2013 by in community building, economic impact, investment, RTC, trails tourism.
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