Paris Mountain State Park

2401 State Park Road
Greenville, SC - 29609

Type: Parks
(864) 244-5565

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Paris Mountain State Park, located just a few miles north of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, is a cherished natural retreat that offers a rich blend of history, outdoor recreation, and scenic beauty. Established in 1935, this 1,540-acre park is one of the oldest state parks in South Carolina and features a variety of landscapes, including dense forests, sparkling lakes, and rugged hills. It is a perfect destination for those seeking outdoor activities and a peaceful environment close to an urban center.

The park is known for its extensive network of hiking and biking trails, which range from easy to challenging, providing options for visitors of all skill levels. Popular trails include the Sulphur Springs Trail, a moderately strenuous 3.5-mile loop that offers stunning views of the park’s natural surroundings and historical remnants from the park's past. For a more leisurely hike, the Lake Placid Trail offers a 0.75-mile walk around the picturesque Lake Placid, featuring picnic areas and spots for relaxation along the way. Mountain bikers will appreciate the park’s challenging trails, which are well-maintained and offer thrilling rides through varied terrain.

Paris Mountain State Park also features several lakes, with Lake Placid being a central attraction. Visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating on the lake, with rentals available for pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes. The park’s swim area is a popular spot during the summer months, providing a refreshing way to cool off. Additionally, the park offers a range of amenities, including picnic shelters, playgrounds, and a campground with both RV and tent sites, making it an ideal location for family outings and weekend getaways.

The park's history is also an integral part of its charm. Originally developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression, many of the park's facilities and structures reflect the craftsmanship of this era. The park hosts educational programs and guided tours that highlight its natural and cultural history, offering visitors a deeper understanding of the area. Paris Mountain State Park is open year-round, providing a beautiful and versatile destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking to enjoy the natural beauty of South Carolina.

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