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Explore Nature at These Parks

Looking for a great outdoor space in Greenville, SC where you can explore nature with your family? Sometimes when you visit a park, you really want to enjoy more than a fun playground and tennis courts. We have a number of parks near Greenville that feature waterfalls, nature trails, and large landscaped grassy areas to explore. Get your children into the best playground of all – nature!

parks with nature

Looking for more information about Parks in Greenville? Visit our Ultimate Guide to Parks in Greenville. You’ll find parks by location and amenities like basketball courts, swings and more.

Riverbend Equestrian Park

| 175 Riverbend Road, Greenville, SC

Stroll down the path to see horses, take a walk in the woods and even visit the barn animals at Greenville county’s only equestrian park.

  • Equestrian park, picnic shelter, nature trails
  • No playground
  • No restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Linky Stone Park

| Reedy View Drive, Greenville, SC

This fantastical children’s garden set right outside Falls Park features a rainbow garden, paved trail, characters from children’s stories and more.

  • Paved trail, garden, educational features
  • No playground
  • No restrooms
  • River Street Parking Garage

Read our review of Linky Stone Park.

A portion of The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park will be closed until the end of July 2022. If participating in Park Hop, the clues are still accessible.

Cancer Survivors Park

| 52 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, SC.

This tranquil park has a large bridge that crosses the Reedy River, as well as bench swings and a green space.

  • Reedy River, bridge, paved trail, green space, bench swings
  • Sunny and shady areas (no playground)
  • No restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Cancer Survivors Park.

Falls Park

| 601 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park

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Stroll across Greenville’s iconic Liberty Bridge, picnic by the river, and let your kids cool off at the city’s only splash pad. You can also turn your visit into a scavenger hunt if you look for the butterflies from the Butterfly Keeper Project.

  • Iconic suspension bridge, paved walking trail, bench swings, picnic tables, splash pad
  • Sunny and shady areas
  • Restrooms
  • Street-side parking or city parking garage

Read our review of Falls Park.

Campbell's Covered Bridge

| 171 Campbells Covered Bridge Road, Landrum, SC

The last covered bridge in South Carolina, Campbell’s Covered Bridge crosses the Beaverdam Creek and features a paved walking trail down to the bridge as well as a nature trail through the woods.

  • Campbell’s Covered Bridge, Beaverdam Creek, picnic tables, paved trail, nature trail
  • No playground
  • No restrooms
  • Free parking lot

See our review of Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Pelham Mill Park

| 2770 E. Phillips Road, Greer, SC

Visit this historic site with your four-legged companion. Children will love exploring the old mill ruins and watching the Enoree River rush by.

  • Old mill ruins along the Enoree River, walking trail, dog park
  • Sunny and shady areas (no playground)
  • No restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Pelham Mill Park.

Conestee Park

| 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC

Conestee Park in Mauldin, South Carolina

If you don’t think the large green space, enclosed preschool playground, large playground, paved walking trail and bench swings are enough, you can also head in to Lake Conestee Nature Preserve when you’re at this incredible park.

  • Dog park, green space, bench swings, paved walking trail
  • Enclosed preschool playground and big kid playground in the sun
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Conestee Park.

Poinsett Bridge

| 580 Callahan Mountain Road, Landrum, SC

The Poinsett Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina

Enjoy exploring and walking across the oldest bridge in South Carolina.

  • Poinsett Bridge
  • No Playground
  • No Restroom
  • Free parking lot

Legacy Park

| 336 Rocky Slope Road, Greenville, SC

Legacy Park water feature

Modeled after Central Park, this is the perfect park for picnics, kite-flying, walks and play of all kinds.

  • Large green space, pond, brook, paved trail, sand vollebyall, bench swings
  • Big kid playground in the sun and enclosed preschool playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Legacy Park.

Cleveland Park

| Cleveland Park Drive & East Washington, Greenville, SC

Playground at Cleveland Park

Bring your bikes for the Swamp Rabbit Trail, visit Major Rudolph Anderson’s Memorial, walk the Fernwood Nature Trail, relax in the Rock Quarry Garden, and play sports at this large park in the city of Greenville. The tennis courts were just resurfaced and a new pickleball court was installed.

  • Swamp Rabbit Trail, Rock Quarry Garden, Fernwood Nature Trail, Ramona Graham Fitness Trail, sports, memorials, picnic shelters, pickleball court
  • Covered big kid and preschool playgrounds, swings, and climbing structures in the sun
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot


Greer City Park

| 301 East Poinsett Street, Greer, SC

Greer City Park in Greer, South Carolina

With water fountains, bench swings, a paved trail going around the pond, and even a music-timed fountain, your children will want to do even more than play at the playground.

  • Music-timed fountain, bench swings, paved walking trail, grassy space
  • Sunny playground on rubber surface
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Greer City Park.

Caesars Head State Park

| 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC

Cesars Head State Park mountain view

Escape to the mountains!

  • Amazing views, picnic tables, nature trails, visitor center
  • No playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review on Caesars Head State Park.

Furman University

| 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC

If you are looking for a relaxing walk, an easy bike ride, a shady picnic or just some peace, come to Swan Lake at the back of Furman University.

  • Rose Garden, Asia Garden, replica of Thoreau’s cabin, carillon, picnic shelter, paved loop, nature trail, bench swings
  • No playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Furman University.

Cedar Falls Park

| 201 Cedar Falls Road, Fountain Inn, SC

Everyone can take an easy walk to Cedar Falls. There’s also a fun playground and even sand volleyball.

  • Sand volleyball, picnic shelter, waterfall, paved trail, green space
  • Big playground in the shade
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Cedar Falls Park.

Paris Mountain State Park

| 2401 State Park Road, Greenville, SC

Child looking at the water at Lake Placid in Paris Mountain State Park.

Nature trails ranging from easy to strenuous, Lake Placid, a sunny playground, and a large green space await you at this state park!

  • Picnic shelters, walking trails, green space
  • Sunny playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Paris Mountain State Park.

Pleasant Ridge Park

| 4232 Highway 11, Marietta, SC

Home to Camp Spearhead, if you park in the first parking lot, you can walk a short trail to a waterfall. If you drive on to the next parking lot, you will come to a pond and sunny playground.

  • Picnic shelters, dirt biking, nature trails, pond
  • Sunny playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our review of Pleasant Ridge Park.

Gatlin Park

| 2 Sylvan Drive, Greenville, SC

Brookside Forest has a small park set along the trickling stream and under the canopy of large trees.

  • Shady picnic spot by a creek
  • Shady playground
  • No restrooms
  • Street-side parking