The Hub City Connector is a system of trails and greenways, bicycle lanes and designated walkways through the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina. When the connector is completed, the plan is 12 miles long, which is the city government's efforts to improve the transportation of bicycles and pedestrians to schools, communities, universities and urban areas. Several parts of the Hub City Connector have been completed and are now available. The connector is a project of the Palmetto Conservation Area, whose mission is to protect South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, protect historical landmarks, and promote outdoor recreation through trails and greenways.
The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail is a very popular part of the trail system. This is a two-mile path through downtown Spartanburg, from Henry Drive to Country Club Road. This trail was built on the railway rights previously owned by Norfolk Southern. When the railway line was abandoned in the late 1990s, the Palmetto Conservation Society negotiated with Norfolk South to develop a leisure trail. The multi-purpose trail is open to walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters.
The Free Garden section is a .6 mile walk that connects the heart of the Spartanburg health care system to Wofford College. The concrete path is winding and it is a popular lunch time for students and hospital staff.
The Chinquapin Greenway is the 1.6-mile spur of the Hub City Connector. It extends along Chinquapin Creek in the north of Spartanburg. This part of the trail is open to walkers and runners. The loop path series includes Blackberry Path, Fox Run Path, Green Fern Path, Meadow Creek Loop, Poplar Branch Loop and Palmetto Path Connector.
The Palmetto Trail in South Carolina has two parts that are incorporated into the Hub City Connector. The 1.3-mile-long area of the University of South Carolina State University campus runs through the forests of Lawson's Fork Creek. The 75-mile long walk of the South Carolina Deaf School at the southern end of Spartanburg is designed for people with reduced mobility. There are eight explanatory signs in the Braille system that explain the types of trees found along the trail.
Many people regularly enjoy exercise and entertainment opportunities in different areas of the Hub City Connector. Spartan residents are eagerly awaiting the completion of other trails.