Mom: Fall is a great time to explore the Doodle Trail
In Greenville, most people are familiar with the Swamp Rabbit Trail. A little further down the road, running from Easley to Pickens is the Doodle Trail, an 8.5-mile-long multi-use trail. I rode my bike on the trail and found it to be a wonderful place to spend a little time.
While you can park at either end of the trail, I would recommend parking on the Easley side. There is a little park with lots of equipment for kids to play on, workout equipment for adults, a picnic area, shelter and bathrooms at this entrance.
The trail itself is very wide, offering plenty of room to get around pedestrians if you are on a bike. The terrain is mostly flat, but there are enough hills to give you a workout. Along the path, you will find places to fill up your water bottles and bicycle pumps and tools to refill your tires or fix a mechanical issue. It is also well shaded — super important this time of year. No bike? No problem. Upcountry Outdoors, located in downtown Easley, is just two blocks from the trail head. They offer several different types of bikes for rent, for adults and children. You can even rent a bike trailer to transport the littlest passengers.
Should all of your activity leave you hungry, downtown Easley has several different restaurants to fill you up. Adults and children alike will love Good Karma Ice Cream Shop. The adorable old-fashioned ice cream parlor offers 32 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, including some seasonal flavors. Summer flavors are lemon, peach and key lime pie. While primarily known for their ice cream, the shop does serve soups and sandwiches for lunch. While you are there, stop in for a little shopping. The space includes a consignment and gift store.
For a little something different, another restaurant option is Taco, Taco. With a huge variety of tacos, quesadillas and appetizers, you are sure to find something that you will love. The unique flavors such as seared ahi tuna and crab cake tacos will appeal to the adults in your group, but there are simple options like traditional tacos and cheese quesadillas for the picky eaters, too. Don’t miss the Mexican Street Corn. Yum.
If you are looking for a fun place to ride a bike or scooter and run and play, the Doodle Trail is a fun, close option for fun.