The inside scoop on exploring the great outdoors in and around Greenville
Jones Gap State Park is a favorite fishing destination for Upstate anglers looking to land a mountain trout. Located in northern Greenville County, the Middle Saluda River winds through much of the park. In fact, the beauty of this river is so known in the state, it was the first designated "Scenic River" in South Carolina. Along its banks and throughout the park are over 60 miles of trails, making Jones Gap State Park home to some of the area's most popular hiking trails. Hikers can enjoy the beauty of early-season wildflowers or an explosion of fall color.
Its trails link to Caesars Head State Park, known for its breathtaking panoramic views, waterfalls, and as a prime viewing spot during “Hawk Watch,” the fall migration of thousands of hawks on their way to South America (mid-September through the end of November). And it's not just hawks! Other rapid-flying raptors you may see include Bald Eagles, Mississippi Kites, American Kestrels, Turkey Vultures, and Peregrine Falcons. The sky can fill with huge flocks of birds that can contain thousands at any one time, known as "kettles," and they travel approximately 70 miles each day towards their wintering grounds. Don't forget your binoculars!
Nearby Table Rock State Park has several hiking trails, the most popular of which leads to the 3,124-foot summit of Table Rock and its epic vistas.
Raven Cliff Falls, located in Caesars Head State Park, is the tallest in South Carolina with its 420-foot drop. The waterfall itself was named for the ravens that breed in the cliffs that help to form the falls and 150+ species of birds have been spotted in the area. There are two hiking trails to view the falls: 1) Raven Cliff Falls Trail, a 4-mile round-trip hike that leads to the scenic overlook where you can view the waterfalls, and 2) Dismal Trail Loop, a 6.6-mile round-trip hike that brings you to Wilderness Bridge, a unique suspension bridge that crosses over the creek at the very top of Raven Cliff Falls. If you're up for one strenuous hike, you'll never get a better view than watching the falls plunge into the depths below.
Take a Spin
EASY BIKE RENTALS
If you want to take a spin around Greenville or along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville's got quick, easy, and convenient bike rental options! Be sure to check out Reedy Rides (Downtown Greenville), Pedego Electric Bikes (Hampton Station), Sunrift Adventures (Downtown Travelers Rest), Carolina Triathlon (The Commons), and Greenville BCycle (Downtown Greenville).
If you’re looking for a little more adventure in your trip, you've got options that provide a higher dose of adrenaline for rent. Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest rents kayaks (basic, performance, tandem, and pedal-drive), canoes, SUPs, boat trailers, bikes (road, mountain [full suspension or hard-tail], and comfort cruiser), and climbing crash pads, while you’re on the way to the lakes, mountains, or trails.
On the Water
EASY BOAT RENTALS & TOURS
Looking for something with a little more horsepower? Check out Jocassee Outdoor Center to rent pontoons, tritoons, ski boats, and water toys to utilize on Lake Jocassee or Lake Keowee. And, if you want to let somebody else steer, check out Jocassee Lake Tours for a navigation-free experience. (They also offer both single and tandem kayak rentals, should you choose to paddle your own oar!)