Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Bike


3.50 miles





Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Trail Head
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


The Cottonwood Trail Preserve is a 115 acre urban preserve and trail system located minutes from downtown Spartanburg. The property protects a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams.

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You can access a series of trails from a parking area on Beechwood Drive, or Syndor Drive. From either parking area you can access the Cottonwood trial, which connects to a network of shorter trails such as the Turkey Cut , Beaverdam, Pinecone, and Highlands Trail. You will pass through a forest of mixed hardwoods, notably the cottonwood tree from which, the main trail was named. A wetland habitat provides a home for a variety of wildlife including water birds, squirrels, and snakes. Benches along the way provide an opportunity to stop and observe the wildlife or just relax and take in the scenery.

Insect repellent is recommended in warm weather. Pets are permitted on a leash.

Hours: Dawn to dusk


From I-26 in Spartanburg: Turn east onto US 29.Drive for approximately 6.0 miles and turn right onto Fernwood Drive. Drive for approximately 0.5 mile and turn left onto Beechwood Drive and a parking area is on the right, or turn right onto Syndor Drive and park on the right just before the bridge

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SPACE  | 100 E. Main Street, Suite 7B, Spartanburg, SC, 29306 | (864) 948-0000 | Email

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Lat: 34.95411769290217
Long: -81.89342030694581