This is a place where the great outdoors really are great, thanks in no small part to the countless trails and greenways that grace the greater Greenville area. From city and county parks to nearby Paris Mountain State Park to lakeside paths to some of the highest and most scenic vistas in the southeast, there's a perfect path for you to choose and enjoy.
Begin your 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge and plunge into untouched wilderness featuring 11 zip lines, 2 huge rappels and a sky bridge. THE GORGE offers unique perspectives and dramatic effects. Comprised solely of tree-based platforms, The Gorge drops an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish. Exper More
NOTE: The Cleveland Park to Falls Park section will be closed September 6th, 2016 to January 15th, 2017. The boardwalk will be open until mid-October, then close mid-October until January. Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile multi-use trail system that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, pa More
Caesars Head State Park has long been a must-see in the South Carolina Upstate. A granite outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze. More
Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, songs and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Also known as Connemara, the historic site retains the same peace and charm the Sandburg family experienced while living there. A tour o More
Once known as "Keowee Path" or "Cherokee Path," this 130-mile road was the route used by the Cherokees and the English and French fur traders. It now provides a scenic alternative to driving I-85 through South Carolina. Stop along the way at Table Rock State Park Welcome Center. For Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 driving tours, and thi More
Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. Experience a thrill of accomplishment by hiking our 499-step Outcroppings trail to the 315-foot Chimney Rock, where you'll see amazing 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont. Along the way, be sure to visit the newly reopened Grotto, Subway and Pul More
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, public facilities and recreational choices that help enhance the quality of life of its residents and visitors. Whether it’s enjoying a leisurely bike ride on the City's expansive trail system, taking a picnic lunch to one of the City's popular parks or spending More
Conestee Park is for baseball and nature trails! The covered pavilion is one of Greenville Rec’s premier event facilities, with a seating capacity for 200, restrooms, electrical power, 2 grills, and ample parking. A large playground and open green space are adjacent to the pavilion and the entrance to Lake Conestee Nature Park is just 100 yards aw More
Devils Fork is easily reached from S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. The park is popular with families, fishermen, scuba divers and boaters, who enjoy Jocassee’s uncrowded setting and spectacular scenery, such as waterfalls cascading into the lake off steep, wooded slopes. More
The 3,346 acre park offers trailside camping. Located in the 10,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, the park encompasses the Middle Saluda Scenic River and is an access point to the Foothills Hiking Trail. More than 400 species of plants can be found here. More
With its stunning view of the Blue Ridge and woods full of rhododendrons, mountain laurel and wildflowers, Keowee-Toxaway State Park is truly one of South Carolina’s pretty places.
Built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Kings Mountain has miles of trails, equestrian facilities, group camping barracks, campgrounds, two fishing lakes with boat rentals and the popular Living History Farm. More
The lakefront park’s information center displays a wide variety of vintage fishing equipment. And, of course, 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including for striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. More
Oconee State Park also serves as the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile wilderness hike on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment on up to Table Rock. Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park also serves as a jumping off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing. More
Paris Mountain State Park’s roots date as far back as the Great Depression, when it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This heritage can still be seen in the preserved stone and timber outside of the renovated bathhouse, now known as the Park Center. Inside, the center features historical exhibits and a classroom to teach young and old a More
From scenic parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains to recreational lake and Blackwater river parks in the Midlands and white sand beaches and tidal water parks on the Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina State Parks preserve and protect some of the most beautiful natural resources and significant historic sites in America. Parks in the Upcountry include: More
Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring two lakes, a campground, mountain cabins, meeting facilities and its historic, renovated lodge. More
Looking for a hiking trail of a fishing hole? Lace up your hiking boots and head over to this World War II US Army training camp that now features two lakes, hiking trails and facilities for horseback riding. The park's remnants of a Native American soapstone quarry are registered as a Heritage Trust Site.
Traversing 77mi from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park along the state line between the Carolinas, this demanding trail, with steep terrain and slippery rocks, rewards hikers with great views, waterfalls, and a variety of flora and fauna. Six vehicle-access points make it easy to hike the trail in sections.
More than 11,000 acres, the "Mountain Bridge" refers to the land connecting Table Rock and Poinsett. Contains Raven Cliff Falls, Cleveland Cliffs, Ashmore Heritage Preserve, Caesars Head and Jones Gap state parks; offers hiking trails, trailside camping, picnic areas, fishing and nature study. Off Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11.
Hike among rolling hills, horse farms and farmlands, old forest, and clear ponds and streams-on a projected 425-mile trail from Oconee State Park in the Upcountry through the Lowcountry near Awendaw.
Located on Oxford Street in Greenville, this 26-acre park has a lighted softball field and tennis courts, a picnic shelter, a playground, a mountain bike trail and an 18-hole disc golf course.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle, promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Play, relax and learn outside!