First Leg of the Run - Short and Super!Kick start your run on Augusta Street at Starbucks Coffee and follow Augusta Street north into downtown Greenville. Cross over Church Street and continue on Augusta Street. You'll see the YWCA of Greenville on your left when you are around Mile 1.
To finish up this shortest option, double back to the start for an easy 2-mile run, or you can continue on Augusta Street all the way into the heart of Downtown, passing many of Greenville's favorite eateries like Brick Street Café or Funnelicious! Insider's Tip: Along with their famous fried treats, Funnelicious also offers healthier options like salads and wraps! You can even place your order ahead of time from your smart phone and pick up your meal to take with you as you head back!
Second Leg of the Run - Meet the Swamp Rabbit!If you've decided to keep heading downtown on Augusta Street...awesome! When you reach South Main Street, continue onto River Street and then Reedy River Drive. Mile 2 comes up around The Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park.
From Linky Stone Park, you'll jump on Greenville's famous Swamp Rabbit Trail. Follow the trail away from Downtown to Willard Street, then turn right and continue to West Washington Street. You can head back to the start now for a fulfilling 6-mile run, or keep on going! Insider's Tip: Did you know that Greenville is on Amtrak's "Crescent Route," which runs all the way from New York City to New Orleans?
Third Leg of the Run - Let's Keep it Going!
No doubling back now...you'd miss some great Greenville history! Continue straight on West Washington Street to Mulberry Street. As you cross both Hampton Avenue and Pinckney Street, you'll find the Hampton-Pinckney Historic District to your left. The "Father of Greenville," Vardry McBee, purchased the land on which this historic neighborhood sits in 1815, and many of the beautiful homes were built pre-Civil War.
Past the Hampton-Pinckney History District, turn left onto Pete Hollis Boulevard, and then take the next right onto James Street. You'll hit Mile 4 when you cross Rutherford Street, at the heart of the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District. Two of Greenville's earliest landmarks are located here: the Earle Town House (built 1820) on James Street and Whitehall (built 1813) on West Earle Street.
As James Street becomes West Earle Street, you'll cross over North Main Street where you are only one block from the Northgate Soda Shop, a 1950's style sandwich and soda eatery with decades of local memorabilia! Insider's Tip: In addition to the awesome ice cream floats and patty melts you'd expect at a soda shop, the Northgate Soda Shop also serves breakfast!
Continue on East Earle Street, and then turn right onto Bennett Street. This street will take you through East Park Historic District to East Park Avenue, where you'll reach Mile 5 of your run.
Fourth Leg of the Run - Exploring Cleveland Park!After you turn left onto East Park Avenue, you'll see on your right the Greenville Fire Dept. Station 4 and the entrance to Richland Cemetery, which was one of the first African American cemeteries in Greenville. Turn right onto Stone Avenue, which then becomes Laurens Road. After you pass over Richland Creek, you'll turn right onto Richland Way. As you head into Cleveland Park, the largest of Greenville's City Parks, you'll reach Mile 6. Insider's Tip: Located within Cleveland Park is the Ramona Graham Fitness Trail, a 16-station fitness trail often used by area workout boot camps!
Continue onto Lakehurst Street as it follows Richland Creek and the edge of Cleveland Park. As Lakehurst Street ends, turn right onto Woodland Way. You'll run right past the Canine Corner Dog Park -a fun stop if you've brought a four-legged friend along with you on your run! Woodland Way ends at McDaniel Avenue near Mile 7 of our adventure.
Last Leg of the Run - Tackling "THE HILL!"Turning left onto McDaniel Avenue, you'll tackle "THE HILL" part of the run. Midway on the hill, you'll turn right on to Crescent Avenue. Make a quick loop of Eagle Avenue, East Prentiss Avenue, and Woodlow Avenue and head back up Crescent Avenue to finish Mile 8.
Turn right on McDaniel Avenue and finish "THE HILL" all the way to Augusta Street. Make a quick left and you are back at the start!
THAT Something Extra:
Reward yourself for a run well done!
After your run, treat yourself to a drink or snack at 32 Degree A Yogurt Bar in the same shopping center where you started your adventure!
Give your four-legged running partner a treat, too!
If you brought your furry friend along for your adventure, treat them with a stop at The Barkery Bistro, a pet-friendly shop with its own bakery!