Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve
Home of the Cottonwood Trail

**We've come a long way with our Cottonwood Trail Boardwalk Restoration Project. It is looking good and is close to being finished! Help us with the final 10K of our goal by donating through our GoFundMe Campaign. Learn more about the restoration project here.**


SPACE’s first project was the Cottonwood Trail Preserve, currently a 116-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. The preserve serves as an important water quality buffer in a fast-growing region and provides habitat for a myriad of plants and animals.

Over 4 miles of trails offer runners and naturalists a break from city traffic. It provides a place for citizens to run, walk, kayak, canoe, and to enjoy other recreational outings. This urban greenspace has many unique and outstanding features including several wetlands, open spaces, geological formations, and offers habitat for deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, raccoon, numerous birds and reptiles, wildflowers, and trees.

SPACE is responsible for managing the trails at Griffin Preserve. As part of that effort, we use TRAFx trail counters to gather data on pedestrian and bicycle use of the trail—this data is helpful for grants and other fundraising opportunities to assist SPACE in seeking trail management resources. If you happen to notice one of these small devices on the trail, please leave it alone. Thank you!

Preserve Rules:

  • Preserve is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Place litter in trashcans or pack it out.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No hunting.
  • No camping.
  • No campfires.
  • No firearms.
  • No paintball.
  • No climbing on bridges.
  • No cutting of flowers, trees, plants.
  • Pets must remain on a leash under owner’s control.
  • Swim at your own risk- shoes required.


The Cottonwood Trail is located near Spartanburg High School along Lawson’s Fork Creek. It can be accessed off of Beechwood Drive or below the tennis courts at Spartanburg High School.


Cottonwood Trail Restoration Project

Cottonwood Trail Restoration Project

SPACE has launched an ambitious $100K Cottonwood Trail Boardwalk Restoration Campaign. Help us reach our goal by donating through our GoFundMe Campaign. The boardwalk will close in fall 2019 through early 2020 as restorations begin.

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