The most iconic place in Greenville is where the city’s earliest history melds with its modern identity. Falls Park on the Reedy—this magnificent, 32-acre park in the heart of the city—is filled with scenic overlooks, lush gardens, pathways and, as the name suggests, a stunning cascade of natural falls.

Spanning the falls is the Liberty Bridge, a curved, cantilevered suspension bridge — designed by the acclaimed architect Miguel Rosales — with a geometry so unique it has yet to be replicated anywhere else. While this signature structure is today’s can’t-miss spot along the river, elsewhere in the park are the ruins of yesterday’s mills, which used the Reedy as a power source and ultimately birthed the city.

Scattered among the colorful flowers and native plants are markers detailing historic points of interest. Following are some other features to note:


Main Street Bridge
A 1910 structure with a secluded seating area tucked underneath.

Community Foundation of Greenville Amphitheatre
A circular terrace lawn along the river with picturesque views.

TD Amphitheatre
A venue for the Upstate Shakespeare Festival and other outdoor performances.

River Lodge
A picnic shelter at the site where Richard Pearis, Greenville’s first European settler, established a trading post.

Furman Overlook
Notable for a uniquely beautiful American beech, known as the Medusa Tree for its visible root structure.

Falls Lake Falls
A commissioned sculpture by internationally recognized artist Bryan Hunt, located in Tate Plaza at the park entrance.

Rose Crystal Tower
A sculpture made of rose-colored polyvitro by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, to honor Harriet Wyche for her role in establishing Falls Park. Located in the Harriet Wyche Memorial Garden.

LIBERTY BRIDGE BY THE NUMBERS

$4.5M project designed by Miguel Rosales
• Horizontal curve radius of 214 feet
• Spans 345 feet across the falls
• Two 90-foot suspension towers
• Towers lean downstream at a 15-degree angle

 

“Untitled 2002-2003”
A sculpture by Joel Shapiro commonly called the dancing man, located across the river from the main entrance at the Wyche Overlook.

Old Mill Garden
A downstream greenspace that contains ruins from the historic Vardry Mill.

Pedrick’s Garden
A two-acre memorial garden honoring Pedrick Lowry, who was instrumental in creating Falls Park. Features include a bronze Sunflower Fountain by Ed Zeigler, Charles Gunning and Robert Brown.

Spring Falls Garden
Highlighted with a spring house constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide fresh water to Greenvillians.

Restaurants
Dining options overlooking the park include Mary’s at Falls Cottage, a contemporary Southern restaurant and event venue, and Passerelle Bistro, a casual French bistro. Many other restaurants are just steps away.

FAST FACT:

Falls Park on the Reedy River ranks among the Top 10 Best Parks in the United States, per TripAdvisor.

 

 

 

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