Cottonwood Trail

Spartanburg - Always active.

Winding its way through stunning natural habitat and meandering along the banks of the Lawson's Fork Creek, the Cottonwood Trail is located on the City's Eastside.

The Spartanburg Area Conservency's (SPACE) first project was the Cottonwood Trail Preserve, currently a 115-acre urban preserve and trail system. Located minutes from downtown Spartanburg, the property protects a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams. The preserve serves as an important water quality buffer in a fast-growing region as well as providing habitat for a myriad of plants and animals. More than 5 miles of trails offer runners and naturalists a break from city traffic. It provides a place for citizens to run, walk, kayak, canoe, and to enjoy other recreational outings. This urban greenspace has many unique and outstanding features including several wetlands, open spaces, geological formations, and offers habitat for deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, raccoon, numerous birds and reptiles, wildflowers, and trees. 

Signs name the trails, and identify over 50 species of trees. A 550 foot boardwalk and observation deck allows users to access this part of the preserve and learn about the different flora and fauna of wetlands. Thanks to the good folks at SC Audubon and Francis Beidler Forest for teaching us how to construct boardwalks. (Courtesy Spartanburg Area Conservancy)

Where to go


View Cottonwood Trail/Griffin Preserve Access in a larger map

Want to help?

The Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) is a local non-profit dedicated to preserving natural habitat and greenspace throughout Spartanburg County. SPACE volunteers spend hundreds of hours each year managing and maintaining the Edward Griffin Preserve, home to the Cottonwood Trail. To get involved or to get more information, contact SPACE Executive Director Mary Walter

Important Documents

Edwin Griffin Preserve Management PlanEdwin Griffin Preserve/Cottonwood Trail Management Plan