Mary Black Rail Trail Extension

Growing Spartanburg's favorite trail

It's already the most popular walking and cycling trail in Spartanburg County, and soon, thanks to $2.3 million in planned streetscaping enhancements for Downtown Spartanburg, the two-mile Mary Black Rail Trail will receive a much-anticipated extension from its current end near the intersection of E Henry and Union streets through downtown to Barnet Park.

The proposed route will use an improved crosswalk to take the trail across E Henry Street and down Union Stret, then head west on E Kennedy Street to S Converse Street. From there, the trail heads north to Barnet Park and the Chapman Cultural Center along what will be South Carolina's first ever curb-protected bike lane.

And we don't plan to stop there. Future plans call for extending the Mary Black Rail Trail even further, crossing Daniel Morgan Avenue to connect with the Northside and eventually charting a course to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Check out the drawings below for more details

Mary Black Rail Trail Extension Overview

Rail Trail extension overview

Union Street

existing typical section

Union Street current drawing

proposed typical section

Union Street proposed

Kennedy Street

existing typical section

Kennedy Street existing

proposed typical section

Kennedy Street proposed

Converse Street

existing typical section

Converse Street existing

proposed typical section

Converse Street proposed

Streetscaping Podcasts

To learn more about our $2.3 million streetscaping plan, listen to our podcasts below with Assistant City Manager Chris Story and Bicycing and Pedestrian Commission member Randy Cooksey.

Chris Story Podcast

Randy Cooksey Podcast

Visit the Rail Trail

Want to help?

Joining Friends of the Mary Black Rail Trail is the best way to support one of our community's most valuable active living assets and contribute to a rising quality of life in Spartanburg. Contributions to Friends of the Mary Black Rail Trail helps to fund specific projects, such as additional safety signage, water fountains, maps and historical/educational kiosks, and much more!

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