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Upstate South Carolina is a wonderful place to be when you’re making summer plans. Even on the hottest days, you can rest assured you’re less than an hour away from cool mountain breezes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For those who love getting out into nature, Greenville is a great location with lots of options. When you’re planning to get out and enjoy the day, keep these ideas in mind for enjoying Greenville’s great outdoors.

 

  • Hike at Paris Mountain. One of Greenville’s best selling points has to be that we have our very own mountain right here! Paris Mountain is a family-friendly option, with 15 miles of hiking trails and many popular campsites. Paris Mountain is bustling year-round, and we know you’ll love getting to know the mountain in your own backyard.
  • Bring home some berries fresh from the farm! In the countryside around Greenville you can find all sorts of berry farms, where you can head out to pick your own and bring back a basket of fresh berries, still warm from the sun. It’s a great option for a family looking to get out of the house for the day. Try out the Sandy Flat Berry Patch for strawberries or Blueberry Hill in Travelers Rest for blueberries. Both are very close to Greenville and promise a great day out!
  • Take a trip up to North Carolina to visit Carl Sandburg’s home. Sandburg was considered a true American poet, and his home in Flat Rock has been maintained by the National Park Service. You may be wondering how going to a poet’s home counts as an “outdoors” activity. While we do of course recommend the home tour (given every half hour or so by professional guides), the National Park Service also maintains walking trails around a beautiful pond on the property, and you have to stop by and get to know Mrs. Sandburg’s prize-winning dairy goats. It’s a great, educational day trip for the whole family!
  • Bike (or walk, or run…) the Swamp Rabbit Trail! The Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of the crown jewels of outdoor living in Greenville, and you should make the most of it! We recommend starting at Furman University and heading up to Travelers Rest if you’re in the mood for a short ride. For more challenging rides, start from downtown and work your way out! Whenever anyone asks us about getting outside in Greenville, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is always what comes to mind.

These four ideas are just a sampling of what Greenville has to offer if you’re up for heading into the great outdoors. You can always check out Greenville’s tourism page for even more ideas!

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