Swift Creek In FallThe Swift Creek Greenway is a 1.20 mile trail constructed of recycled asphalt and is the nation's first greenway to be built completely with recycled products. This trail runs along the northern border between Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve and Ritter Park where an abundance of wildlife can often be viewed. The main trailhead is located at Ritter Park, where parking is also provided.

Swift Creek Map


Length: 1.2 miles

Trail Width/Surface: 10-foot wide asphalt

Used For: Walking, running, bicycling, walking leashed dogs, skating, roller blading, pushing strollers, wheelchairs

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Special Considerations: None

Restrooms: Ritter Park

Features: Lovely wooded area found between a natural area and a park 

Benches: Yes

Connects To: Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Symphony Lake Greenway, Kildaire Farm Road and Loch Highlands Drive Street-Side Trails.


Koka Booth Amphitheatre: Parking is available at the VIP Parking located off Regency Park where the trail can be accessed via Symphony Lake Greenway

Ritter Park: Enter the park off of West Lochmere Drive.  Follow a short connector found at the southern end of the parking lot to reach the greenway.

Kildaire Farm Road: Park on-street on Palace Green and travel along Kildaire Farm Road Street-Side Trail for a short distance to access Swift Creek Greenway. If coming from east side of Kildaire Farm Road on foot or bicycle use the pedestrian underpass to get to the greenway.


Harold D. Ritter Park Parking Lot

Kildaire Farm Road: Park on-street on Palace Green and travel along Kildaire Farm Road Street-Side Trail