One of the best things about Greenville Recreation Area is the Greenville Bike Trail. This trail starts at the campground and makes its way into the town of Greenville.
The campground’s trailhead for the bike trail is located right next to campsite 102.
That information alone is worth the price of this blog post.
For you see, there are several trails and roads in the campground. One trail goes along the river. One starts at the opposite end of the campground. One goes to Bettis Ford. One goes up and over a bridge to a scenic lookout.
Which is all fine and dandy if you are on a bike. However, it was on the chilly side when we were there, so we elected not to bring our e-bikes. Instead, we chose to walk the trails. We wanted to be sure that when we started off for the town, we were headed in the right direction.
Our goal of the day was to walk the Greenville Trail into the town and have lunch. The walk into town took us about an hour and 10 minutes. The trail goes under Highway 67 via a lighted tunnel. Eventually, the trail comes out at U.S. Business Highway 67. Most of the town’s businesses are across the business highway from the trailhead; however, crossing the business highway at that point was easy, even for a worry wart, like me. Traffic was light, and there is a crosswalk right there, too.
There is a small parking lot at the Greenville Trailhead for those who start at that end of the trail. After easily crossing the highway, we walked about a tenth of a mile (right near the gas station) to the Trail’s End Coffee and Cafe. Here we found a delightful and charming cafe owned and operated by Jason and Jordan, a husband and wife team.
I had the chicken salad on a croissant, and it was absolutely delicious. Perhaps it tasted better because of our long walk into town, but I don’t think so. Dan had a French Dip, and he said it was excellent. And if there wasn’t enough beef on the sandwich, Dan wouldn’t hesitate to let me know. Both our sandwiches came with chips.
We enjoyed it so much, we talked about coming back for breakfast. However, the cafe is closed on Sunday and Mondays, so our schedule did not allow for us to return during this trip. But we will go back! If you go, check their Facebook page as they currently close at 2 pm. By the way, nobody paid for my lunch except Dan, so this recommendation is freely given.
Right across from the Trail’s End Coffee and Cafe is the Wayne County Courthouse. Perched high on a pedestal outside the courthouse is a Statue of Liberty replica. This statue once stood in front of the courthouse in Old Greenville – which would have been located right next to our campsite.
According to the bronze plaque on the base, this statue was “Erected A.D. 1920 by the citizens of Wayne County in honor of our boys who entered their country’s service. Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the defense of liberty in the World War, 1917-1918.” When the town moved, the statue was moved, too.
Jordan recommended Mid-Way Drive In for ice cream which was right next door. She recommended the blizzards. So, just to keep Jordan happy, we walked over to Mid-Way. While I wanted the blizzard, I settled for a small soft-serve chocolate ice cream cone. It was delicious. Sometimes, soft serve can taste a little watery, but not this one.
After enjoying our ice cream, we walked back toward the trailhead, but we stopped in a flea market that just happened to be right there. I don’t really need to acquire more stuff, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what was there.
At the flea market, I saw a 29 piece set of Fire King Peach Lustre dishes for sale. I happened to already have all the pieces except for the three mixing bowls. These dishes belonged to the seller’s mother, and she did not want to break up the set. I don’t blame her. I did find a cute little candle holder for $2.
We asked the lady to wrap our treasure, so we could carry it back to the campground as we had walked to town on the trail. The woman’s eyes grew big, and she asked, “You walked the whole way?” “Yes, we did.” She then said, “Well, you might want that.” And she pointed to …
After all the walking we had done and how much we still had before us, the idea of sitting down on this and having Dan push me back to our campsite was pretty darn tempting. Instead, we laughed out loud, and Dan said, “Don’t give her any ideas.” I had to admire not only this lady’s Fire King dishes, but also her quick wit.
We made it back to our campsite, but not before seeing – what we thought looked liked Sasquatch climbing a tree.
I don’t know. I do know we were getting tired. Maybe we were seeing things. In any case, it was a really fun day, and we’d do it again in a heart beat. But next time, I think I’ll get the blizzard.