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Travel Directory: Visit Greenville

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Greenville, South Carolina
Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park

Greenville, South Carolina

Head for the Foothills!

When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, Greenville, South Carolina is a natural.
Greenville, South Carolina | GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Rollerblader
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Rollerblader
Here’s the simple truth: the natural attractions of Greenville, South Carolina will surprise you. No matter how far you’ve traveled or how many places you’ve been, there’s just no getting around the fact that this place—from its 21-mile rails-to-trails masterpiece called the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail to a seemingly endless collection of lakes, trails and waterfalls—is one long and delightfully winding road of outdoor discovery.
Greenville, South Carolina | Lake Jocassee from Jumping Off Rock
Lake Jocassee from Jumping Off Rock
The gems of the region are Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell: three of the largest and deepest lakes in the state. Lake Jocassee is the northernmost of the three, covering 7,500 acres and reaching a depth of 300 feet. Widely regarded as the state’s most scenic and pristine, Jocassee’s cool, clear waters create a recreational paradise.
Greenville, South Carolina | Wakeboarding on Lake Keowee
Wakeboarding on Lake Keowee
Separated from Jocassee by a hydroelectric dam, 18,300-acre Lake Keowee is one of the area’s most beloved recreation destinations. Known for its breathtaking mountain views and crystal blue, warm waters, Keowee also boasts outstanding bass fishing. Checking in at more than 56,000 acres, nearby Lake Hartwell completes this watery trifecta. It’s one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ most visited lakes, largely because of its outstanding watersports and legendary wide-mouth bass fishing. Word is that fish of more than 20 pounds are fairly common, and snapshots tacked to the walls of nearby fish camps back up the talk.
While the lakes of the region are surely worth the trip all by themselves, the countryside surrounding Greenville is no second fiddle. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the entire region presents itself as an outdoor lover’s paradise. And with three state parks within easy driving distance of the city, it’s no wonder.
Greenville, South Carolina | Caesars Head State Park Overlook
Caesars Head State Park Overlook
Seated atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment, Caesars Head State Park is appropriately named for a granite outcropping resembling the helmeted head of the famous Roman emperor. With its panoramic vistas and prime position as a flyway during the fall hawk migration, Caesars Head is a bird-watcher’s paradise. It also delivers world-class camping, hiking and fishing experiences. As part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, its trails connect seamlessly to neighboring Jones Gap State Park, the 11,000-acre home of scenic waterfalls including Rainbow Falls, and an absolutely stunning 420-foot cascade tumbling from Raven Cliff. The park’s trails frequently flirt with the Middle Saluda River, where more than one weary hiker has taken a cooling dip.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all waits just a few minutes from downtown Greenville. Visible from almost anywhere in the city, Paris Mountain State Park offers almost instant access to a wide range of natural adventures. Designated as a state park in the 1930s, Paris Mountain is one of the city’s most popular weekend outdoor destinations for hikers, paddlers and picnickers alike.
Lastly, no discussion of Greenville’s natural assets would be complete without taking a look at the limitless opportunities awaiting those with a penchant for bicycling.  This is the town that 17-time Tour de France veteran George Hincapie calls home, so it follows that the cycling here is spectacular. Whether you choose to head for the hills on one of the countless country roads or prefer instead to chart an easier and flatter course along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, leaving your bike at home is one mistake you don’t want to make.

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