About the Hub City Connector
The Hub City Connector is about nine Trail miles of greenways, bicycle lanes, and safe, signed sidewalks through the city of Spartanburg. The connector travels along the city’s Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail and through Liberty Garden, and connects the School for the Deaf and Blind, with the downtown, Converse College, Wofford College, Spartanburg Regional Heart Center, Spartanburg Medical Center, and USC Upstate.
The wildly popular Mary Black Rail Trail is noted for its colorful signs and benches along the pedestrian- and bike-friendly path. This paved and flat two-mile section follows the historic 1849 Spartanburg-Union railroad (Norfolk Southern). The paved Liberty Trail is a garden oasis that follows a cascading stream. Both the Mary Black Rail Trail and the Liberty Trail offer geocaching, the modern treasure-hunting adventure.
The SC School for the Deaf and Blind anchors the southern end of the Trail through Spartanburg. The Trail accommodates wheelchairs and features Braille interpretive signs.
Numerous trail spurs and loops offer lots of options for touring Spartanburg. The Chinquapin Greenway is a 1.6-mile trail spur located at the city’s northern gateway where the Palmetto Trail crosses Interstate-585. This greenway is adjacent to a Medical Center Hospice House, and provides tranquil respite for patients and families.
Trailheads for Mary Black Rail Trail in Spartanburg: 1. Southern trailhead at intersection of Union Street (SC Hwy 56) and Country Club Road. 2. Northern trailhead at intersection of Union Street and Henry Street, behind 339 Union St.
Northern Trailhead at USC Upstate: From Spartanburg, follow Pine Street to Interstate 585. Continue on I-585 to Valley Falls Road (Exit 22 North). Follow Valley Falls Road north to North Campus Blvd. Turn right onto North Campus Blvd. and follow approximately 0.5 miles to a sharp right curve. Turn left here into the Rampey Center parking lot. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.