SummaryTrail GuideTopo MapReviewsPhotosGPS
Paris Mountain State Park Professional Review and Guide
"A rugged half day's hike on a mountain trail at the edge of South Carolina's largest metropolitan area. Paris Mountain is a monadnock, an immense rock that endured when the mountains around it weathered away. This area has been protected since the 1890s. Due to the steepness of the terrain, much of the park has never been logged. Two reservoirs add beauty to the park. Both were originally built to provide drinking water to the city of Greenville. Now they provide recreation and scenic vistas."
--John Clark & John Dantzler, Hiking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
Beautiful park close to Greenville. Suggest the 6 mile loop of Sulphur Springs Trail and Brissey Ridge Trail. First part on Sulphur Springs Trail follows a nice stream that cascades down for a good distance. Nice ridgeline views at the top, particularly in the winter. Hiking guides classifiy this hike as strenuous, but it's not really. There are some good little ups and down, but it definitely is a Class 1 hike. Not a stroll in the park though. On some portions of the trail, there were a lot of bikers. On Saturdays though, bikes are not allowed on the park trails. Visit the historic bathhouse by Lake Placid if you can (now the park office/museum). Good place in the summer to swim.
MTB- Hey, it's not bad, especially if you live in Greenville. The resevoirs are great for a post-ride dip. The recent addition of mtb access to Brissy Ridge Trail is nice. On this loop you can camp, (primitive), around the top resevoir-Buckhorn Lake, which then provides the option of bike-packing and night-riding, (the park closes at 9pm). It's not single-track, but is semi-technical mtb-ing in some areas. All-in-all, it's a decent workout. Take in mind theat there is NO mtb access on Saturdays.
It's a good training ride with good cardio. Go to Dupont if you have a choice!
Sign in/up to upload photos.