Cycling and Trails
Cycling is a key element of Spartanburg's long-term transportation and recreation planning, a fact reflected in the continuing expansion of trails, bike lanes, its B-Cycle bike-sharing system, and strategic partnerships with pro-cycling groups such as Partners for Active Living.
Since becoming recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the first Bicycle Friendly Community in South Carolina in 2007, Spartanburg has continued to build on its strengths as a great place to cycle. Long known as the home of the world-renowned Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, Spartanburg is also the host for the Partners for Active Living's Criterium, which is an event on the USA Crits circuit.
Today, with several strong cycling advocates on City Council, the City tackles the feasibility of bicycle lanes as part of every road and transportation project it considers, with the most recent example being the West Main Street Improvement Project in 2012.
The first bicycle-sharing system in the Southeast!
In Spartanburg, we're always forging productive partnerships that allow us to accomplish things you might not expect from a city our size. There is no better example than B-Cycle. The first bike-sharing system in the Southeast, B-Cycle previously had only been tried in places like Denver, Chicago and Seattle until Spartanburg unveiled its own system in 2011.
Made possible through a partnership with the Mary Black Foundation, Wofford, Converse, City of Spartanburg, CVB, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, JM Smith Foundation, VCOM and Partners For Active Living, the B-Cycle system allows people to rent bikes for a daily, monthly or annual fee from one of 4 different stations - at the trailhead of the Mary Black Rail Trail; downtown at Broad and Spring streets; Wofford and Converse - with a fifth station opening soon at Harvest Park. B-cycle offers a special discounted pass for students with a valid .edu email address.
Mary Black Rail Trail
This is the most popular walking and cycling trail in Spartanburg County, and one of the finest rails-to-trail projects to be found anywhere. Opening in 2004, the Mary Black Rail Trail is a 2-mile long trail just south of downtown. Bikes are available for rent from the B-Cycle station at the trailhead at Henry and Union streets.
Adjacent to the state-of-the-art YMCA that opened in 2012, the Rail Trail also passes by the City's first dog park, the appropriately named Rail Tail, whose entrance sits just across from Duncan Park on Union Street. Along the trail you will also find the the Carolina Panthers Play 60 Park where you can test out your skills and speed! Slightly father down the trail, you will also see the Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park which features wood and dift flow trails taking riders on a roller coaster experience with little pedaling or braking necessary. Other amentities include a wooden bank turn, pump track and mural more!
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. This property protects a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams. 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.
Duncan Park Trails
The six miles of off-road trails that wind and weave through the woods of Duncan Park attract riders who like to get a little dirt under their tires.
Developed with the help of Eric Turner, owner of Bike Worx on Union Street, and the Upstate Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, the Duncan Park Bike Trails are free and open to the public 365 days a year, except for brief periods of maintenance and upkeep.
The trails feature plenty of jumps and pump turns, but because they are smooth and expertly crafted, riders of all skill levels will find them enjoyable and challenging.
Butterfly Branch Greenway
The Butterfly Branch Greenway is a paved 0.5 mile trail surrounding the Butterfly Branch Creek. This is a great place to take a leisurely walk or bike ride!
This trail is a part of the city's redevelopment plan that will continue to invest in the walkability of the Northside.
Mary Wright Greenway
The 23.9-acre Priscilla Rumley/Mary H. Wright Greenway is located between Hudson Barksdale Boulevard and Alexander Avenue on the City's Southside. It connects several neighborhoods and is in close proximity to downtown, Duncan Park, and the Mary Black Rail Trail.
The greenway includes a basketball court, a 1.1-mile trail, two playgrounds, and a picnic shelter.