May, 2011 – When I was leaving the Columbia area after visiting my brother, I decided to take his advice and see Greenville on the way out. When I saw that Paris Mountain State Park was so close (about 8 miles) and looked like a perfect home-base for exploration, I was sold!
The Park Center is the restored historic bathhouse, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936. It’s really nice to sit on the porch and enjoy the views of Lake Placid. I walked around this lake on the Lake Placid Interpretive Trail, a mostly level nature walk a little over one mile and definitely worth it!
There is a seasonal swimming area where you can also rent canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
The winding road offers serene views, but is pretty small, so take your time and enjoy. From the time you enter the park until you get to the campground (a little less than one mile), there is no place on the road (and no place in front of the Park Center) to stop to register for the campground. People with reservations are given instructions, and basically you go to the campsite, set up and then go back and pay.
Administrative Assistant Gillian will get you checked in quickly so you can get to the business of having fun. Ranger Shawn is around to answer questions about the park and to help out as needed.
Don’t be in too much of a hurry to leave the office though. I enjoyed taking the time to look over some of the history of the park that the center has preserved.
2401 State Park Road – Greenville, SC