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GREENVILLE AREA PARKS AND OUTDOORS  

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Last Updated 4/7/20, 11:05 a.m.

Flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is at the top of everyone's minds today as circumstances continue to change at a rapid pace. Several parks and parks systems that were open in mid-March announced temporary closures in late March. Several parks and parks systems remain open, but we remind you to please follow current CDC guidelines for avoiding COVID-19 and maintaining social distancing.

*As of 4/7/20, the SC Forestry Commission has announced a statewide burning ban until further notice. This includes yard debris burns, campfires, and other prescribed or controlled burns. The purpose of the ban is to reduce the strain on first responders and local fire departments, as well as to help improve air quality for coronavirus patients. 

If you own or manage a business not listed here whose offerings don't match our page, please email us at visit@visitgreenvillesc.com with your business name, hours of operation, services you're offering (delivery or curbside pickup of outdoors gear, etc), and any other information that would be beneficial for visitors to our page to know (discounts, limited hours, etc.). We'll update this page periodically with new information.

We’ve done our best to ensure information is accurate, but with rapidly changing circumstances, it’s a good idea to call ahead before visiting these locations.

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GREENVILLE CITY PARKS:

The information provided is based on the intent of Greenville City Council in passing the emergency ordinance of March 18, 2020. Council’s goal was to protect the people of Greenville and its visitors in a manner consistent with the Governor’s executive order issued earlier that week. There remains, however, a possibility that state authorities could interpret the Governor’s order and other relevant orders, regulations and laws differently than the City understands them. Individuals and businesses should consider that possibility when seeking answers to these and other related questions. City of Greenville parks and open spaces listed below are open, with the exception of any closures listed in the updates below. If you are considering visiting parks or open spaces, please follow CDC guidelines and maintain social distancing.

We’ve done our best to ensure information is accurate, but with rapidly changing circumstances, it’s a good idea to call ahead before visiting these locations.

  • 4/6/20 UPDATE: The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail is now closed within Greenville City limits. (This includes around/through Cleveland Park and Falls Park on the Reedy.) Click here to see a map of Greenville city limits. 
  • 3/31/20 UPDATE: Cancer Survivors Park is now closed. 
  • 3/27/20 UPDATE: Cleveland Park is now closed indefinitely
  • 3/24/20 UPDATE: Falls Park on the Reedy, which includes the Liberty Bridge, is now closed for the foreseeable future
  • 3/23/20 UPDATE: The City of Greenville has closed all volleyball, tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts, in addition to City Buildings, Community Centers, and the Greenville Zoo. 
  • 3/18/20 UPDATE: Playgrounds, splash pads, and fitness station equipment within any City parks and open spaces are closed until May 10, 2020.

Open spaces and trails in parks listed below are still OPEN:

Greenville City Parks include: Croft Park, Croftstone Park, Ella Mae Logan Park, Gatlin Park, Gower Estates Park, Hessie T. Murrah Park, Holmes Park, Kiwanis Park, Legacy Park, The Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park, Mayberry Park, McKoy Park, McPherson Park, Newtown Park, North Main Park, Partridge Lane Park, Pedrick's Garden at Falls Park, Pinckney Fludd Park, Railroad Mini Park, Rock Quarry Garden, Rockwood Park, Skyland Park, Timmons Park, University Park, Viola/Thompson Gardner Park, Waco Childress Garden, Watts Park, West Washington Park

*Restrooms remain open and the City has contracted with an outside agency to clean them multiple times a day.

 

GREENVILLE COUNTY PARKS:

To ensure the safety of participants, families, and staff, Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism has suspended all youth and adult athletic and recreational programs and events, as well as field rentals until further notice. This includes all Greenville County Rec after-school programs, community center programs, and rentals. Greenville County will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as they become available.

We’ve done our best to ensure information is accurate, but with rapidly changing circumstances, it’s a good idea to call ahead before visiting these locations.

  • 3/23/20 UPDATE: All Greenville County park playgrounds are closed until further notice. 
  • 3/18/20 UPDATE: Greenville County Aquatic Complex is closed until further notice.

Open spaces and trails in parks listed below are still OPEN:

Greenville County Parks include: Butler Springs Park, Campbell's Covered Bridge, Cedar Falls Park, Conestee Park, Corey Burns Park, David Jackson Park, East Riverside Park, Gary L. Pittman Memorial Park, Gateway Park, Herdklotz Park, Lakeside Park, Lincoln Park, Loretta C. Wood Park, MeSA Soccer Complex, Northside Park, Oak Grove Lake, Pelham Mill Park, Piney Mountain Park, Pleasant Ridge Park, Poinsett Park, Poinsett Bridge, Riverbend Equestrian Park, Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park, Southside Park, Welcome Park, Westside Park

 

GREENVILLE COUNTY WATERPARKS:

All Greenville County Waterparks are still scheduled to open for the season on May 23rd. Visit their website for up-to-date information. 

Greenville County Waterparks include: 7th Inning Splash Waterpark, Discovery Island Waterpark, Otter Creek Waterpark

 

PRISMA HEALTH SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL:

Now closed within Greenville city limits, which includes in and around Cleveland Park and Falls Park on the Reedy. Regular use is still permitted on the trail within the rest of Greenville County. Click here to see a map of Greenville city limits. 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS:

  • 3/28/20 UPDATE: ALL South Carolina State Parks including cabins and campgrounds are CLOSED until April 30. The closure is designed to keep visitors and employees as safe as possible by mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. South Carolina State Parks closures include the nearby parks listed below, as well as all 47 in the state:

South Carolina State Parks in the area include: Caesars Head State Park, Croft State Park, Devils Fork State Park, Jones Gap State Park, Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, Lake Hartwell State Park, Oconee State Park, Oconee Station Historic Site, Paris Mountain State Park (INCLUDING CAMP BUCKHORN), Sadlers Creek State Park, Table Rock State Park


OTHER PARKS, TRAILS & OUTDOOR NATURAL ATTRACTIONS:

Outside of Greenville County but still close enough? We’ve compiled a list of nearby parks, greenspaces, and athletic complexes that don’t necessarily fall under the supervision of the City of Greenville, Greenville County, or the State of South Carolina.

We’ve done our best to ensure information is accurate, but with rapidly changing circumstances, it’s a good idea to call ahead before visiting these spots.

Foothills Trail
Many access points on the 77-mile-long Foothills Trail are open; however, please check with the appropriate managing agency for the trailhead you are desiring to use:
 
Foothills Trail Conservancy 
• Table Rock State Park (SC) – CLOSED
• Oconee State Park (SC) – CLOSED
• Gorges State Park (SC) – CLOSED
• USFS Nantahala District – 828.524.6441 [250,000 acres]
• USFS Andrew Pickens District – CLOSED (see Sumter National Forest below)
• Duke Energy – 800.443.5193 (option #5)
• SC Dept. of Natural Resources – 864.654.6738
Kings Mountain National Military Park​ As of 3/25, the Visitor Center and restrooms are temporarily closed due to the Coronovirus (COVID-19). At this time, the park grounds including all trails, are open during normal business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. All programs and special events are cancelled until further notice. 
Palmetto Trail/Blue Wall Passage The Palmetto Trail and its beautiful 375 miles are open for walking, hiking, and biking! Please be sure to maintain 6-feet of distance between individuals. Also, please note that the 1.5-mile hiking trail that goes to Walhalla's Stumphouse Park and Trail is now closed until further notice. 
Sumter National Forest​
As of 3/31, Sumter National Forest is open; however, all bathrooms are closed. Additionally, the following recreation sites in three Ranger Districts are closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
 
  • Andrew Pickens Ranger District
    • Burrells Ford
    • Cassidy Bridge Hunt Camp
    • Cherry Hill Recreation Area
    • Grapevine
    • Long Bottom Ford
    • Whetstone Horse Camp
  • Enoree Ranger District
    • Brick House Campground
    • Sedalia Campground
    • Wood Ferry Recreation Area and Campground
    • Molly’s Rock Picnic Area
    • Collins Creek Seasonal Camp
    • Poulous Loop Seasonal Camp
    • Rocky Branch Seasonal Camp
  • Long Cane Ranger District
    • Fell Camp
    • Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area
    • Parsons Mountain Recreation Area

 

OUTDOOR BUSINESSES & ATTRACTIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED OR OFFERING LIMITED, PRIVATE ACCESS ONLY:

We’ve done our best to ensure information is accurate, but with rapidly changing circumstances, it’s a good idea to call ahead before visiting these locations.

Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River CLOSED: Due to Governor Henry McMaster's Executive Order, which closes all public boat ramps, landings, and other access points on the state's rivers, there is no public accessibility to the Chattooga River at this time. 
Green River Adventures CLOSED: As of 3/19, opening postponed until May.
Greenville Zoo CLOSED: As of 3/19, closed to the public through May 10. Animal care staff and vet staff will be on site to make sure their animals receive the same level of care during the closure.
The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour CLOSED: As of 3/31, they are closed and taking reservations beginning May 1st. 
Heritage Park  CLOSED: All City of Simpsonville parks are closed, which includes Alder Park, City Park, College Street Park, Heritage Park, and The Dog Spot, until further notice. The Heritage Park Railway will be closed until April 20. The Great EggVenture scheduled for April 4 at Heritage Park has also been cancelled. 
Jocassee Lake Tours CLOSED: Due to Executive Order 2020-16, which closes public boat ramps, along with the closure of all South Carolina State Parks, Jocassee Lake Tours has suspended conducting tours. Please consider purchasing gift certificates online (available in any amount) for future tours and stay up-to-date by visiting their Facebook Page or by calling 864-280-5501. 
Jocassee Outdoor Center PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY: Open & operating Monday - Saturday; closed on Sundays. Because there is no longer public access to Lake Jocassee or Lake Keowee, they are taking reservations for boat rentals after April 30, in the hopes that public access will once again be available. They can take immediate boat rental reservations for private property owners on Lake Keowee with their own landing access. The Outdoor Center remains fully operational. Please call about any boat storage or service needs. Call 864-944-9016 to make a future reservation or view their information online
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve CLOSED: As of 3/28, Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is closed until further notice. 
Phoenix Center - Adventure Challenge Ropes Course PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY: Accepting reservations for private groups ONLY; requires advanced booking. Call 864-395-5302 or see their website for more information. 
Pretty Place - Fred W. Symmes Chapel PRIVATE EVENTS ONLY: Due to COVID-19 precautions, Pretty Place is currently closed to all visitors, except for private events. To inquire about an event, please call 864-836-3291. 
Sassafras Mountain CLOSED: Sassafras Mountain Tower, along with Bald Rock Heritage Preserve, have been closed to the public because they do not offer enough space for safe social distancing.
Topgolf CLOSED: As of 3/19, temporarily closed. 
Travelers Rest / North Greenville  CLOSED: Due to COVID-19, they have closed their outdoor recreation pavilion, playground, and restrooms. Campsites are limited to only registered campers and at this time, they are not allowing any additional visitors.
Upstate Blue Ridge Tours CLOSED: April tours are cancelled, May tours will begin on 5/7.
Wildwater CLOSED: Wildwater has suspended all activities to aid in fighting COVID-19, pursuant to local government regulations and suggestions.