Lake Conestee Nature Preserve
The wildest place in Greenville. A 406-acre wildlife sanctuary and birding hotspot, with extensive wetlands, hardwood and evergreen forest, and more than 13 miles of trails.
The City Parks & Recreation Department oversees 39 city parks occupying more than 700 acres, including:
Falls Park on the Reedy River: A 32-acre oasis in the heart of the city featuring the iconic Liberty Bridge over natural waterfalls.
Cleveland Park: Greenville’s “city park,” created in 1922 on 122 acres along the Reedy River; comprises Rock Quarry Garden, Fernwood Nature Trail, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Greenville Zoo, a 14-acre animal kingdom.
Legacy Park: A 20-acre urban space inspired by NYC’s Central Park.
Cancer Survivors Park: A space that changes the way we live with cancer, featuring a Celebration Plaza, healing garden, amphitheater and education center.
Linky Stone Park & Children’s Garden: A magical spot for kids.
Greenville County Parks & Recreation maintains more than 55 facilities, including:
Campbell’s Covered Bridge: Featuring the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina—a 38-foot-long, 12-foot-wide pine structure constructed in 1909.
Conestee Park: The Upstate’s “central park” with sports fields, playground, picnic shelter—even a dog park.
Cedar Falls Park: A passive park with trails, historic interpretive signs and a playground at a geographically significant vista on the Reedy River, where the water widens and cascades over rocks and boulders.
Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve: A 120-acre preserve featuring what’s believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina, a 14-foot Gothic arch stone structure built in 1820.
Paris Mountain State Park: 1,540 acres of parkland near downtown Greenville, filled with 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, four lakes (one with a swimming area), 44 campsites and six picnic shelters.
Caesars Head State Park: A famous natural landmark with a dramatic overlook atop the rocky peak of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, five waterfalls – including the 420-foot cascade of Raven Cliff Falls – and multiple hiking trails.
Jones Gap State Park: 4,246 acres of pristine mountain woodlands, with multiple hiking trails, 18 backcountry campsites, two scenic waterfalls and South Carolina’s first state-designated scenic river.