Paris Mountain State Park

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Are you looking for the perfect park to visit? Local mom Sherrica is sharing her review of Paris Mountain State Park.

The weather is warming up and many families are looking for outdoor activities. There is a place within 15 minutes of downtown Greenville where your family can enjoy an array of fun-filled activities. Paris Mountain State Park is overflowing with possibilities for the outdoorsy family looking to explore.

My daughter and I took to the trails a few days ago. We didn’t know what to expect, but we weren’t disappointed.

Paris Mountain State Park

We enjoyed a relaxing walk along the Lake Placid Trail. I don’t think the morning could have been more pristine.  There was little foot traffic and the weather was ideal.

So what does Paris Mountain State Park have to offer?

A few of the main attractions offered by Paris Mountain are camping, fishing, biking, canoeing /petal boating,  and walking/hiking trails.


Camping Information : Paris Mountain offers 39 paved camping sites. 13 of those offer tent pads. All of the sites include individual water and electrical hookups. The park can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, although some sites can accommodate a maximum length of 35 feet. The campground does have restroom facilities with hot showers.  To make a camping reservation, call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or make your reservations online by clicking Park Reservation.  Reservations are available for a minimum of two nights. Contact the park directly if you wish to make a same-day reservation.


Fishing Information : In order to fish at Paris Mountain a valid fishing license is required.  Fishing s available at the park’s 8-acre Lake Placid for bass, bream, and catfish. Fishing is also available at Reservoir #3, which is a 15-acre lake that requires a two-mile hike in to access.  It is located on the backside of the park.  This lake is also stocked with bass, bream, and catfish.


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No private boats are allowed at Paris Mountain, but you can rent canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats!

Rentals: In the summer, canoes, pedal boats, and kayaks are available to rent Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am- 5 pm.  Rentals are dependent on weather and lifeguard availability, so its a good idea to check with the park in advance. In the spring and fall, rentals are available only on weekends from 11 am-5 pm.


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Everyone can find a trail that works for them at Paris Mountain State Park. The 15 miles of trails at the park vary in length and difficulty so you can find one that suits your family!  The best trail for little legs is definitely the Lake Placid trail.  It goes around Lake Placid, is mostly flat, and features many interesting bridges and opportunities to see wildlife.  This trail is only available for hiking.  Other trails accommodate mountain bikes as well, except for Saturdays when no biking on any trail is allowed in the park.

If you’d like to bring your pet on your hike, pets are allowed on the trails and in most outdoor areas.  You must keep on them on a leash no longer than six feet.  Additionally, pets are not allowed in buildings, cabins, cabin areas, or other lodgings.

There is no need to rush off to some faraway destination for a relaxing and refreshing getaway. There is a retreat right in our backyard.  Check it out!

The Details

If you’d like more information about Paris Mountain’s offerings, you can reach the park at 864-244-5565.

Admission: $6 adults; $3.75 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3.50/ child age 6-15.  Admission is free for children 5 and younger.
This admission includes the swimming area when it is open.

Hours: Summer: 8 am-9 pm, during daylight saving time. Winter hours: 8 am-6 pm, open until 9 pm on Tuesdays.

Please note that rates & times are subject to change. Please check with Paris Mountain State Park before your visit to ensure that this information is correct.

Has your family ever visited Paris Mountain State Park?

Meet Sherrica
sherrica9Sherrica Sims is an Upstate native who is a stay at home mom of 2 precocious kids. She loves creative outlets and spending time with family. You can follow her thrift shopping adventures at Thrift Chic on Facebook or check out her family’s adventures on her YouTube channel Mommy of Miles
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