Highlighting South Carolina’s Paris Mountain State Park

Paris Mountain State Park, located just six miles north of downtown Greenville, is one of the Upstate region’s most popular parks. The park facilities were constructed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Mountain stone and timber from the area were used to build this rural retreat on more than 1,500 acres. Today the park offers many outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

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Most of the park’s most accessible facilities are located near the park entrance and Lake Placid. These facilities include the park center with its exhibits, an amphitheater, ball field, playground, some picnic shelters, and campgrounds. There are water and electrical hookups at 39 campsites. Paris Mountain has two lakes that are stocked for fishing. Lake Placid is at the center of the park action. Accessing the 15 acre Reservoir #3 (North Lake) requires a two mile hike into the back side of the park. Both lakes are stocked with bass, bream, and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required ไฮไลท์บอลย้อนหลัง.

Lake Placid has a designated beach and swimming area with lifeguards. Swimming is allowed only at times when lifeguards are on duty. Swimming fees are $2 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 5-15. Visitors may rent canoes, kayaks, and peddle boats during the summer months on Wednesday-Sunday, and on weekends during the remainder of the year. Private boats are not permitted on the park’s lakes.

Paris Mountain State Park has 15 miles of trails to enjoy. The Lake Placid Self-Interpretive Nature Trail makes an easy 1.2 mile loop around the lake. Sulphur Springs Loop is a 3.6 mile trail of moderate difficulty. Brissy Ridge Trail makes a 2.4 mile loop around Camp Buckhorn, the park’s group camp facility. Sections of this trail are strenuous. North Lake Trail is a 1.2 mile loop around Reservoir #3, with trailside campsites along the way. There is no road to this area, so campers must hike in and out. Mountain biking is allowed on most of the trails, except on Saturday.

Camp Buckhorn was built in the 1930s by the CCC. The lodge has been recently renovated and is popular for reunions, group meetings, weddings, and retreats. Camp Buckhorn has kitchen and dining facilities as well as overnight accommodations for 40 people in the lodge and cabins.

Paris Mountain State Park is located at 2401 State Park Road. Park admission is $2 for adults. Children ages 15 and younger are admitted free. Park day use hours are 8am-9pm in summer and 8am-6pm the remainder of the year.

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