Community Profile: Travelers Rest, SC
Just 10 miles north of downtown Greenville – at the foot at the Blue Ridge Mountains – lies Travelers Rest. This Upstate city with a population of just 4,843 is being increasingly recognized as a travel destination for its outdoor and leisure activities.
Learn more about what Travelers Rest, SC has to offer.
TR by the Numbers
- Population (2013): 4,843
- City’s total area: 4.4 square miles
- Population density (2010) = 930.8 people per square mile
- Elevation: 1,096 ft
- Average daily temperature: 71 high / 50 low
Possibly the most significant feature that is boosting Travelers Rest to stardom is its connection with the 18.7-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail that extends from Greenville to Travelers Rest. Patrons can rent bicycles in downtown Greenville, cycle up to Travelers Rest within an hour for lunch or a beer, and cycle back.
Travelers Rest is home to Heritage Elementary School, Northwest Middle School, Travelers Rest High School and Ebenezer Academy. Residents also enjoy the local George I. Theisen Family YMCA and a variety of nearby local and state parks. There’s also an excellent Farmers Market located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail on Saturdays almost year round (excluding winter). Also, outdoor sports enthusiasts simply can’t pass up a visit to TR retailer Sunrift Adventures.
Eat & Drink
Though you really can’t go wrong with any of the boutique-feel eateries that dot the main street through Travelers Rest, two “must-try” locations are Tandem Crêperie & Coffeehouse and Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom. At Tandem, try any of their sweet or savory crepes and coffee made from locally-sourced ingredients. Then, enjoy an award-winning craft beer at Swamp Rabbit Brewery while playing cards or board games in the friendly, pub environment.
It shouldn’t come at a surprise that the city’s name originated from its location. It was a popular stop for travelers before they began the difficult journey into the North Carolina mountains – often spending the winter in “Travelers Rest” until the snow cleared.
Huffington Post included Travelers Rest in its list of “15 of America’s Coolest Small Towns.” Of the city, it said:
“Travelers Rest gets its travel-mag-ready moniker from the pioneer days, when travelers followed a trail dotted with the occasional tavern or inn. But the town offers not only restful, comfy lodgings but also world-class outdoor activities.”
Additionally, the city was included among Refinery 29’s “10 Tiny Towns For A Cozy, Low-Key Vacation.” It said:
“As its name suggests, this petite pit stop — which is a hop-skip from Greenville — is the place to go when you need to clear your head. Take a stroll along the 18.7-mile multi-use Swamp Rabbit Trail, or hike up to one of the many nearby state parks, including Caesar’s Head or Chimney Rock. When you reach the top, take a breather while taking in the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
*Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/budget-travel/15-of-americas-coolest-sm_b_4811151.html, http://www.refinery29.com/small-town-vacation-ideas?utm_content=bufferc3d7b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#slide-2, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelers_Rest,_South_Carolina,