Here’s some Greenville trivia for you. What is the former ball field of the double-A minor league team, the Greenville Braves? If you’ve been in the area for a while, you know that the Braves used to play at the Greenville Municipal Stadium which is the current home of Conestee Park. What you may not know is that Conestee Park which adjoins Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a wonderful gem right here in the middle of our great city.
What you’ll find at Conestee Park
Upon entering the park, you will drive past the ballfield and find the playgrounds and pavilion at the back of the lot. There is plenty of parking, and in true Greenville fashion there is a fenced playground for younger children right next to larger playground for the older kids. The playgrounds are nature themed, with a variety of unique climbing and balancing structures that make this park a kid favorite.
The Conestee pavilion is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen at Greenville parks. With its rows of plentiful square picnic tables, wood paneled ceiling, and perfect view of the larger playground, the pavilion is a great place to rest in the shade for a snack or lunch. The pavilion can be reserved for events just as other parks. Right beside the pavilion and playgrounds is a well-maintained bathroom.
In addition to the playground, there is a huge grassy area perfect for kicking a soccer ball or tossing a frisbee. There are even porch swings for the adults to sit on and relax while the children play. Around the lot is a paved path for running and walking. And over to the side is a dog park tucked away in the trees.
But, in my opinion (and my children’s too) one of the best parts about a trip to Conestee Park is that you can easily access Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Several options are available for walking trails and each trail has learning stations describing everything from river bed erosion to wild bird life. Trails are clearly marked and areas that are prone to be mud have boardwalks. For more about the trails and layout of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve, check out our new Kidding Around Greenville Guide, The Lake Conestee Nature Preserve Guide.
Plan your own adventure at Conestee Park
The large parking lot near the playground can be found at 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville. This is just a ten minute drive from the Butler Road exit of I-385. Make sure to use this address which will be called “Greenville Municipal Stadium” in your GPS search. If you search Conestee Park, your map might take you to other entrances to the park.
There’s something for everyone at Conestee Park. Have you ever been?