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Greenville has an abundance of outdoor related attractions. Here are our top 10

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By Corey Hunt
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Greenville, along with Lake Hartwell, will be hosting the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by HUK on March 4-6. For those who are unfamiliar with Greenville, it is the fourth fastest growing city in the United States. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has many walking and biking trails within an hour drive, some located right in the downtown area. Greenville has so many wonderful outdoor activities, it was hard to narrow the list down to just 10.

Be sure to check out the Outdoor Expo presented by Marathon and the Go Out{side} Experience while you’re in town

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1. Swamp Rabbit Trail System

This is a 22-mile paved walking and bike trail that runs along the Reedy River in Greenville’s downtown. Besides tranquility, the trail also offers 60 geocaches within two-tenths of a mile of the trail.

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2. Falls Park on the Reedy

Located in the heart of downtown, this 32-acre park features waterfalls and a floating pedestrian bridge. It is set along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and is just one of the wonderful parks downtown.

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3. Greenville Zoo

The zoo was founded in 1960 and offers open-air exhibits within its 14 acres. The zoo has monkey, giraffe and lion exhibits, as well as a children’s playground. Directly outside the zoo are more playgrounds and also basketball courts.

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4. Lake Hartwell

The centerpiece venue of the Classic is Lake Hartwell itself. Covering 56,000 acres with 963 miles of shoreline, the lake is one of the Southeast’s top destinations for outdoor recreation. Another 25,000 acres surrounding the lake features nine campgrounds with a total of 524 campsites.

The man-made reservoir lies between the South Carolina and Georgia borders and encompasses parts of the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. In addition to the spotted and largemouth bass Classic anglers will be targeting, Hartwell has solid populations of bass, bream, catfish and striped bass.

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5. Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

This is one of Greenville’s hidden gems. It is tucked away approximately 15 minutes from downtown and is a state-designated wildlife sanctuary. Conestee Preserve has 12 miles of trails and wildlife observation decks and is a regionally recognized birding hot spot. Outside the preserve, there are fields, kids’ playgrounds and a fenced dog park for use.

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Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

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Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

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Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

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6. Roper Mountain Science Center

Opened in 1985, the center has been providing hands-on learning through its programs focusing on science and nature. The center is open Tuesdays through Fridays in the afternoons, with special programming in the summer, including a butterfly adventure and a walking trail with life-size models of dinosaurs. Roper Mountain Science Center also includes the state’s only nature exchange program where kids can bring their unique finds in nature (leaves, bugs, etc.) and trade them for other nature objects the science center has (shells, exoskeletons, gems).

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Roper Mountain Science Center

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7. Jones Gap State Park

Located 25 miles from Greenville, S.C., this park boasts 13,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands and joins Caesars Head State Park to make the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The Middle Saluda River runs through the park and provides access to trout fishing. There are more than 60 miles of hiking trails, 18 campsites and two waterfalls at Jones Gap State Park.

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8. Caesars Head State Park

This park is located 30 miles outside of Greenville and is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The park has over 60 miles of trails, 18 primitive backcountry campsites, five waterfalls and one gorgeous overlook. Raven Cliff Falls is the park’s most popular hiking trail, where you can view the 420-foot falls.

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Caesars Head State Park

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Caesars Head State Park

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Caesars Head State Park

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9. Stumphouse Tunnel

Located near the town of Walhalla, S.C., the tunnel is part of the 440-acre Stumphouse Park that includes Issaqueena Falls, Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail, the Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trail and the Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park. The tunnel itself was dug using hand tools prior to the Civil War and was never completed, thus becoming known as the tunnel to nowhere.

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10. Paris Mountain State Park

This park is located just 10 minutes from downtown Greenville. The park boasts four lakes, a swimming area and over 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. During warmer months, Paris Mountain State Park has kayaks, canoes and pedal boats for rent. Camping is also available in the park.

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1. Swamp Rabbit Trail System

This is a 22-mile paved walking and bike trail that runs along the Reedy River in Greenville’s downtown. Besides tranquility, the trail also offers 60 geocaches within two-tenths of a mile of the trail.

2. Falls Park on the Reedy

Located in the heart of downtown, this 32-acre park features waterfalls and a floating pedestrian bridge. It is set along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and is just one of the wonderful parks downtown.

3. Greenville Zoo

The zoo was founded in 1960 and offers open-air exhibits within its 14 acres. The zoo has monkey, giraffe and lion exhibits, as well as a children’s playground. Directly outside the zoo are more playgrounds and also basketball courts.

4. Lake Hartwell

The centerpiece venue of the Classic is Lake Hartwell itself. Covering 56,000 acres with 963 miles of shoreline, the lake is one of the Southeast’s top destinations for outdoor recreation. Another 25,000 acres surrounding the lake features nine campgrounds with a total of 524 campsites.

The man-made reservoir lies between the South Carolina and Georgia borders and encompasses parts of the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. In addition to the spotted and largemouth bass Classic anglers will be targeting, Hartwell has solid populations of bass, bream, catfish and striped bass.

5. Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

This is one of Greenville’s hidden gems. It is tucked away approximately 15 minutes from downtown and is a state-designated wildlife sanctuary. Conestee Preserve has 12 miles of trails and wildlife observation decks and is a regionally recognized birding hot spot. Outside the preserve, there are fields, kids’ playgrounds and a fenced dog park for use.

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

6. Roper Mountain Science Center

Opened in 1985, the center has been providing hands-on learning through its programs focusing on science and nature. The center is open Tuesdays through Fridays in the afternoons, with special programming in the summer, including a butterfly adventure and a walking trail with life-size models of dinosaurs. Roper Mountain Science Center also includes the state’s only nature exchange program where kids can bring their unique finds in nature (leaves, bugs, etc.) and trade them for other nature objects the science center has (shells, exoskeletons, gems).

Roper Mountain Science Center

7. Jones Gap State Park

Located 25 miles from Greenville, S.C., this park boasts 13,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands and joins Caesars Head State Park to make the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The Middle Saluda River runs through the park and provides access to trout fishing. There are more than 60 miles of hiking trails, 18 campsites and two waterfalls at Jones Gap State Park.

8. Caesars Head State Park

This park is located 30 miles outside of Greenville and is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The park has over 60 miles of trails, 18 primitive backcountry campsites, five waterfalls and one gorgeous overlook. Raven Cliff Falls is the park’s most popular hiking trail, where you can view the 420-foot falls.

Caesars Head State Park

Caesars Head State Park

Caesars Head State Park

9. Stumphouse Tunnel

Located near the town of Walhalla, S.C., the tunnel is part of the 440-acre Stumphouse Park that includes Issaqueena Falls, Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail, the Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trail and the Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park. The tunnel itself was dug using hand tools prior to the Civil War and was never completed, thus becoming known as the tunnel to nowhere.

10. Paris Mountain State Park

This park is located just 10 minutes from downtown Greenville. The park boasts four lakes, a swimming area and over 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. During warmer months, Paris Mountain State Park has kayaks, canoes and pedal boats for rent. Camping is also available in the park.

Greenville, S.C., holds something for everyone. Its location allows easy access to the foothills, and the downtown area blends outdoor lifestyle with a beautiful urban setting.

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