In the middle of downtown Greenville, there’s a perfect place to press “pause” on the hustle and bustle of life and get away from it all— for a few minutes, an hour or two…or for a whole day!  Falls Park on the Reedy River holds a special, relaxing place in my heart and I’m happy to share my favorite spots there to refresh the soul and recharge the spirit!

First Stop –

“Falls Lake Falls” Sculpture.

This unique bronze sculpture greets you as you make your way down into the Park from the Main Street entrance.  Sit for a spell, watch the cascading water, and begin your relaxing respite.  Insider’s Tip:  World-renowned artist, Bryan Hunt, created “Falls Lake Falls.  It’s the second of three such sculptures in the world and the only one of its kind in North America.

Second Stop –

 
Make your way down a few sets of steps to the breathtaking views that await you as you walk across Liberty Bridge.  This amazing pedestrian footbridge is not only a feat of modern design and innovation, it also gives you an amazing opportunity to view the Reedy River Falls from above.  It’s easy to forget your cares as you listen to the rushing water, take in nature…and just breathe.  Insider’s Tip: The curved, suspended bridge, designed by bridge architect Miquel Rosales of Boston, is 345 feet long, 12 feet wide and 8 inches thick.  It’s supported by two large masts and a system of cables that work against each other to support the bridge and hold it in place.

Third Stop –

 
I hope you packed a blanket, because you’ll want to use it to spread out and relax in one (or more) of the many beautiful open and enclosed spaces Falls Park offers.  Watch the clouds drift by, listen to the birds chirp, or count the colors of all the flowers in bloom.  If you didn’t bring a blanket, don’t stress!  There are many benches and other places to sit and lose yourself in the beauty of this Park!  Insider’s Tip:  Landscape architect Andrea Mains of Washington, D.C., who created the Park’s Master Plan in 1999, designed the Park to feature a collection of "garden rooms” that showcase the beauty of the Park’s foliage, historical artifacts and water features.

Last Stop –

 
Take a quiet stroll on one of the Park’s many paths and discover something new every time!  Primary and secondary portions of The Swamp Rabbit Trail also run through the Park, so if longer walks, runs or bike rides are ways you like to relax, you’ll appreciate the access to this other outdoor Greenville jewel.


THAT Something Extra:


Four-legged friends need to relax, too!
Falls Park is a pet-friendly space with “bag stations” throughout to help pet owners clean up after their furry friends.  Leashes are required, but that shouldn’t stop Fido from making lots of new friends!

Tour de Falls.
A great way to learn more about the horticulture and history of Falls Park is by taking one of the hour-long Garden Tours that are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 2 PM.  The cost of a tour is $35 for groups of 30 or less.  For more information or to make a reservation, call (864) 467-4355.