Paris Mountain State Park#9 in Best Things To Do in Greenville, SC
Located 5 miles north of Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is a popular retreat for families looking for outdoor recreation. The park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and several park structures, including the bathhouse – now the Park Center – and Camp Buckhorn Lodge, hold a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The center features historical exhibits, while the park offers campsites, picnic shelters, a swimming area with a lifeguard, a playground, a camp store and a 15-acre lake with fishing and canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.
Although recent visitors said the scenery is underwhelming, many enjoyed the stone bridges and informational signage along the variety of hiking paths, from the challenging Sulphur Springs Trail to the relaxing loop around the lake. Reviewers also enjoyed the variety of activities and said the park is ideal for families, dogs and groups of friends. However, a few felt the $5 admission fee was too much to pay to access the hiking trails.
Admission costs $5 for adults, $3.25 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6 to 15 and includes access to the swimming area. During daylight saving time, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and during the winter it's open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Leashed pets are allowed on trails, but not in the camping or cabin areas. See the website for directions, trail and camp site maps, and additional regulations and information.
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Falls Park on the Reedy is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of downtown, the park features beautiful stonework, walking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, lush gardens and public art installations, complemented by the graceful architecture of the Liberty Bridge. The two-acre Pedrick's Garden, which serves as the park's main entrance, honors a former community leader instrumental in the establishment of Falls Park. What's more, two eateries are located within the park: enjoy salads, sandwiches and Southern favorites at Mary's Restaurant at Falls Cottage or French fare at Passerelle Bistro.
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