Greenville County Parks, Outdoor Activity

& Recreation

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Paris Mountain State Park
Located minutes from downtown Greenville, this park offers 1540-acres of hiking, mountain. biking, camping, paddling, swimming and picnicking over a large part of Paris Mountain.
Hollywild Animal Park
100-acre Safari Adventure with over 100 animals to see. In Inman, SC. Check at their site for neat holiday events and summer/winter hours.

Caesars Head State Park
Caesars Head, along with Jones Gap State Park and other wildlife preserves in upper Greenville County, create the protected Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.

Chimney Rock Park
Great views of the mountains and a 400 foot waterfall.

Jones Gap State Park
3,346-acre park. Located in the 10,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, In addition, the park is an access point to the Foothills Hiking Trail. Upper Greenville County.

Pisgah National Forest

If un-sure of which parks to start at Pisgah is local to Greenville and an awesome place to visit.

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
A 390-acre nature education and recreation center nestled in the beautiful foothills of Tryon, North Carolina. They have riding too!

City of Greer Kid's Planet
A Hugh playground for kids and Frisbee golf course for all ages.

SC Trails Guide

All Types and anything concerning trails! Great resource.

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

This is a different web site from the ones above and gives more trail/hiking information. The most complex trail system in South Carolina.


Kids in the ParkGreenville County Water Parks
There are 5 great water parks in Greenville county. Parke open annually in May. A great way to cool off during the summer for all ages!

Shipwreck Cove
A pirate themed water park built by the City of Duncan.

Cowpens National Battlefield
This Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton's British army. This classic military tactic, known as a double envelopment, was one of only three in history.

SC Heritage Corridor
runs from the foothills of Oconee to Charleston.

The Greenville Zoo
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Check them out for zoo camps, zoo safaris, Boo in the zoo. and more for all ages. Greenville BOO IN THE ZOO in October. Not to scary Halloween event.

Roper Mt Planetarium & Science Center
A great place to take you kids every 2nd Saturday of the month. It offers fun stuff for kids of all ages. Crafts, interesting science information, Historical farm with animals and gardens. Live animals to pet and explore with the volunteers help and the rainforest room to go through! Monthly they usually have a speakers on some really interesting science/ nature topic. Every Christmas season they light up the mountain with neat displays of Christmas lights.

Biltmore House and Gardens
They have several annual events for kids held in the historic  horse barn. They also have summer camps and holiday events.

Polar Express
The Great Smoky Mt Railroad makes a magical trip starting in November with caroling, hot chocolate and entertainment along the way.


Greenville Recreation District
A listing of sports activities and parks available to area Residents.

City of Greer Park & Recreation
Has sports schedules for children as young as 3. Baseball, soccer and more are offered.

Simpsonville Recreation Department
The Recreation Department and the YMCA host leagues in adult softball, basketball and volleyball; and youth soccer, baseball, basketball and football.

Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce Events
Check out these events for some Simpsonville community concerts, festivals & activities that are family friendly.

Greenville School Sports Info and Schedules
A listing of all the county school sports activities with more information and schedules.  Sign your children up for soccer, baseball and more.

Palmetto Conservation Foundation
lots of info on trails and great waterfall books

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Hunting and fishing liceses as well as lots of good information on SC's natural resources can be found here.

Discover South Carolina
Official Tourism web site of SC. Lots of good park info.