Located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville, South Carolina, Travelers Rest got its name due to the fact it was a stopover for weary travelers and livestock drovers before they began the difficult journey into the mountains during the early 1800's. Ironically enough, travelers who come here today have no intention of resting, but rather for the outdoor activities the quaint town has to offer. With a population of about 5,000, Travelers Rest went unnoticed until the recent development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. This 20 mile multi-use greenway system runs along the Reedy River connecting the old railway system between Greenville and Travelers Rest. Opening in 2009, through a partnership with the Greenville Health System, the Swamp Rabbit Trail has been an economic boom for Travelers Rest, with several businesses springing up within the town, and over 500,000 hikers, bikers and walkers visiting each year. Along the trail are some of the area's most picturesque parks, waterfalls, scenic views, and the campus of Furman University, considered one of the most beautiful in the nation.
Today, the area in and around Travelers Rest offers a unique variety of antique and specialty shops, restaurants, and leisure activities. Budget Travel named it as one of America's Coolest Small Towns. Picture of the John H. Goodwin House, which served as a midway stage stop from 1840 to 1899, and picture of the George Salmon House, one of the earliest settlers in Travelers Rest, are courtesy of Wikipedia and Bill Fitzpatrick. Both homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Picture of the Swamp Rabbit Trail Banner courtesy of Wikipedia and John Foxe.