611 West Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greer, SC 29650
Phone: (864) 848-4995
Fax: (864) 469-7776
Cleveland Park is just one of the many public spaces where Greenville denizens can enjoy the Southern sun. There are more than 35 different parks within city limits, and this one (in addition to Falls Park on the Reedy) is as urban as it gets. The park opened to the public in 1928 and the entire area covers 122 acres (49.37 hectares) of land along the the Reedy River. The area has picnic shelters, fitness trails, volleyball and tennis courts, a softball field and tons of playgrounds scattered throughout the park. Specific attractions in the park include the Greenville Zoo, the Rock Quarry Garden, Fernwood Nature Trail and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Enjoy the thrill of driving one of the best cars in the world at the BMW Performance Center. Car lovers are sure to be delighted here as you can build your own BMW vehicle and test drive it as well as add accessories and jazz up your own BMW ride. Enjoy taking laps in their ski pads and customize your car to make it your own person mean machine. Also avail of the driving courses here with the help of their excellent simulators.
Though this park has its own Lake Placid, it's not necessarily the snowy retreat as the place with same name in the Adirondacks. The 1540-acre (623-hectare) Paris Mountain State Park began during the Great Depression and since then, it has provided a green getaway for Greenville and Spartanburg families. The visitors center is located in a renovated bathhouse and it holds exhibits, maps and other information about the surrounding flora and fauna. Some of the activities include boating, hiking, swimming, biking and many other pursuits in the Great Outdoors.
This Gary Player designed golf course offers 18-holes of fun under the Southern sun. The course is right next to the South Tyger River and along the way, the rolling greens offer magnificent views of it. It's a challenging course not necessarily designed for the beginner, however for those needing some instruction the pro shop provides lessons.
If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids or just enjoy the zoo, look no further. Occupying 14 acres (5.7 hectares), the Greenville Zoo houses hundreds of different species of animals from around the globe. Some exhibits include the usual lions, elephants, giraffes, primates and tortoises. And of course, it wouldn't be a zoo without the picnic areas, play areas, concession stands and gift shop. It's open seven days a week and the cost of admission is peanuts compared to other zoos around the country.
This course located on the aptly named Sandy Run Drive provides golfers of all skill levels an immaculate place in which to play. It's location in Greer is about a half-hour drive from both Spartanburg and Greenville which makes it extremely convenient. Golf pro Tom Jackson designed the course and its 18-holes are a favorite among many locals.
The Spartanburg Swim Center is run by the Spartanburg Department of Parks and Recreation. Open to the public, the Swim Center's facilities can be used for recreational, instructional, or rental activities. The diving board to the junior Olympic-sized pool is open to use during recreational swim times. A gym room is also on the premises, but is only to be used by those with memberships.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a trail closed to motorized traffic that crosses the city of Greenville. Named after this popular animal of the regional wetlands, this multipurpose system was a former rail bed and is located peripheral to the scenic Reedy River. It stretches south to north along 18.7 miles (30.1 kilometers) and is a popular route for hiking, jogging, cycling and other recreational activities.
Many city historians consider this area of the Reedy River where the 'Falls' drop as the place where Greenville began. Tribes from the Cherokee Nation first inhabited the region around today's 32-acre park until Europeans established a presence in 1768. From then until the mid 20th-Century, European colonists, then Americans used the falls as a source of power. Development grew around the falls with the construction of a University, houses of worship, mills and many other factories along the river. After much restoration and removal of pollution left from the factories, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club along with the city of Greenville now provide a perfect setting for a romantic outing or a picnic with family and friends. The main highlight is the Liberty Bridge, a 380-foot steel span that allows guests to traverse over the falls. The park has no entrance fee and it's open seven days a week.
Lake Conestee Nature Park is an enchanting green space, just a few miles from downtown Greenville. Encompassing 400 acres (160 hectares) of land, the park is a major facility for recreational purposes. There is an array of bird, reptile and mammal species that dominate the park. Over 170 species of birds, alone are reported to be in the park. The park is beautiful natural habitat and a calm place away from the buzz. It is a perfect spot for picnics or exploration of the wild. The park conducts various programs and events to entertain and enlighten the visitors about the nature. The cool and serene atmosphere of the park is sure to relax your tired nerves after a long. week.
The Northwest Recreation Center is run by the city of Spartanburg's Parks and Recreation department. Whether these events and year-round programs are indoors, outdoors, something educational, recreational or otherwise, the center is an asset to everyone, young and old, for the betterment of their community. The recreation center itself features a basketball-court gym, two multi-purpose rooms, assembly and meeting area, computer lab, and weight room. Some of the programs include a summer day camp, dog obedience, computer classes, and reading programs.
It could be said that the entire state of South Carolina is a botanical garden. Since the British established the Province of Carolina, their green thumb techniques came along with them. Here in Spartanburg however, this botanical garden is a private one established by the Hatcher Family, transplants from the plains of Indiana. The family worked the grounds until the late 1990s and then thankfully turned over the property over to the Spartanburg County Foundation so it could be used for the public in 2003.