8 Driving Tours: Going on a Bear Hunt in Greenville

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Looking for something to do in Greenville? How about an Upstate, SC bear hunt? Since almost everything is closed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it makes it tough for parents to not only keep their kids entertained but save their own sanity. We love driving tours over here at Kidding Around (**ahem** Christmas lights…) so we asked our readers if they knew of neighborhoods participating in the viral Bear Hunt window challenge, where people put teddy bears in their windows for kids to find and point out.

And they answered. Because our readers are awesome. In fact, our readers answered in such droves that we’ve found out that Google Maps only allows 8 driving routes with a total of ten stops on each! So far, we’ve been able to add all the places mentioned, but some aren’t on routes yet (those are designated in purple).

Looking for more things to do? We have a bunch of ideas assembled for you in this list of Things to Do in Greenville During Social Distancing.

The bear hunt challenge is based on the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Your kids probably know the accompanying song (here it is on YouTube) which would be fun to play in the car if it doesn’t drive you crazy. Going on a bear hunt is also a fun game when you’ve used up all your indoor ideas or just need to get out of the house without being around other people.

Also, note that some families have put other stuffed animals in their windows for lack of bears (could be my kids) or just a greater sense of creativity so you can count those homes in your bear hunt, too!

We’ve put together 8 driving tours, so far, of routes you can take for bear hunts that our readers have noticed bears on. You should be able to load these to your phone’s GPS. These are not exact addresses but neighborhoods/streets where you can search around for bears in windows and we’ll add in more places as we find them (some aren’t on the driving routes currently but are listed on the map). Please be considerate of neighborhood and their residents and drive carefully.

Greenville Area Neighborhoods to Find Bears

These are the neighborhoods and general areas listed in our driving tours but if we are missing places with bears – or got the neighborhoods/street wrong, please comment on this post.

North Greenville Route

West Mountainview Ave
Buist Avenue
Townes Street
Lullwater Road

Furman Route

Watson Crossing
Churchill Falls
Partridge Ridge
Northwood Hill

Greer Route

Waterford Park
Devenger Place
Drexel Terrace
Chatman Street
Sugar Creek
St. James Place
Chartwell Estates
Hammett Crossing
Burgiss Hills

North Greer Route

Cypress Landing
Brushy Meadows
Hammett Crossing
Winding Way

Augusta Road Route

Cothran Street
Aberdeen Drive
Keowee Avenue
Grove Valley Way
Sunset Drive
Seminole Drive
Meyers Drive
Cammer Avenue
High Hill Street
Woodvale Avenue
Oak Crest Court

Five Forks Route

Squires Creek
Magnolia Place
Gilder Creek
Windsor Forest
River Walk
Dunwoody Oaks
Shellbrook Plantation

Roper Mountain Route

Spaulding Farm
Roper Mountain Estates
Belhaven Village
Bent Creek Plantation
Asheton Lakes

Simpsonville Route

Remington Ranch
River Shoals
Lost River
Neely Farms
Veryfine Drive
Simpsonville Police Dept.
Sunshine Drive

Easley-Powdersville Route

(denoted in orange – not a driving route because we ran out of space!)
Blythwood Drive in Piedmont

Not on a Route Yet (denoted in purple on the map)

Edgewood Drive (this is near Augusta Rd)
Cypress Landing
The Heights
322 Sycamore Drive
Newman Street
113 Montclair Rd
125 Chipley Lane
Country Club Drive
Arlene Drive
Chestnut Hills
Westcliffe Way
West Belvue Road
Pine Brook Forest
East Avondale
Fox Creek Court in Travelers Rest
Main Street in Travelers Rest
O’Neal Village
Willow Creek
Poplar Street
Pebble Creek

A reader suggested that for every bear you find, you can donate a quarter or some amount of money to a food bank (send it online) to help your kids learn about helping others while having fun.

We’re Going on A Bear Hunt Video

Here’s the animated video of the book:

Have you seen any bears on a bear hunt around the Upstate? Tell us where in the comments!

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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Holly Bolling
4 years ago

We have one in our window! The corner of Arbutus Trail and Lockwood Ave. we are in Overbrook 😊

4 years ago

Hey! Southbrook in Fountain Inn is jumping in board today! 😁

4 years ago

Gilder Creek Farms in Simpsonville, SC

4 years ago

Weatherstone Subdivision in Simpsonville.

4 years ago

McIver Street has a bear! (near the Cleveland end)

Samantha Henkels
4 years ago

The Heights in Mauldin. Shale Court is one of the roads

angela waldon
4 years ago

We are also participating in this activity. We don’t have a bear in the house so we have an iconic Disney friend in our window. We are in bellestone In easley sc

Betty Lee
4 years ago

Veryfine Drive in Fountain Inn!!

Terri Price
4 years ago

We have a bear! 105 Chatman Street, Greer, near Brushy Creek and across from Eastside Y

4 years ago
Reply to  Terri Price

We saw it on our walk.

We have a big bear on our porch. 304 Mullinax Dr Greenville SC 29607

Tammy Putman
4 years ago

Please Add Adams Run, in Simpsonville Five Forks area. We Have Tons of bears!

Tammy Putman
4 years ago

Going on a Bear Hunt? Adams Run is covered in bears!

Patty Cunningham
4 years ago

We have sent a note around to the neighborhood and look forward to seeing folks in Partridge Ridge!

Monica Felt
4 years ago

Please add to the list: 505 Mossy Ledge Lane in Asheton Lakes subdivision in the Five Forks area! Working on getting neighbors who “bear” to participate too!

Leah Philhower
4 years ago


4 years ago

You can add Caledonia to a Powdersville route with Sedgewood, Rose Hill, and possibly the Piedmont one. I haven’t looked up the address of the others.

4 years ago

How do other neighborhoods get in?

Brandi Campbell
4 years ago

Westcliffe Way Greenville 29611 in Westcliffe in Berea

4 years ago

How do we get on the list and do you get people involved Westwood, simpsonville, Cheyenne dr

Bear hunt enthusiast
4 years ago

Simpsonville Pd is now a site as well as 224 Stenhouse Road simpsonville S.C.