Decades ago, states began acquiring railway lines that had been abandoned by railroad companies and have been transforming them into bike trails in the “Rails to Trails” initiatives. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is one such trail that began as the Carolina, Knoxville, and Western Railway (CK&W) in 1889 before beginning its transformation into a bike trail in 1998. Today, the greenway extends nearly 20 miles between Traveler’s Rest and Greenville, South Carolina. Ice cream stores, coffee shops, bakeries even a zoo and golf course are scattered around the trail, adding incentive to the notion of getting some fresh exercise.
The Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery is located on the trail and is known for their outstanding baked goods and their use of local, organic, and sustainable foods. Owners Mary Walsh and Jacqueline Oliver host monthly potluck dinners, a summer movie series, and sell weekly produce boxes filled with fruit and vegetables produced within 150 miles of Greenville. Their recipe for Vegetable Quiche gives a small taste of what Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery and the Swamp Rabbit Trail has to offer.
from Mary Walsh and Jacqueline Oliver of Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, Greenville, SC