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Day Trips Near Greenville, SC

Greenville, South Carolina, is tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, residents and visitors alike adore Greenville for its ideal blend of small-town charm, beautiful parks and waterfalls, and amenities typically found in a big city. There are countless ways to enjoy a fun weekend in Greenville without leaving downtown. But if you’re ready to explore what options are just beyond the city limits, you’ll find no shortage of incredible day trips near Greenville. All the day trips near Greenville that we list below are less than two hours away from downtown — and many are under an hour away!

The Best Day Trips Near Greenville

Paris Mountain State Park

If you’re looking for day trips near Greenville, SC, that involve as little travel as possible, start with Paris Mountain State Park. Only ten minutes from downtown Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park still feels like an escape from the bustling city center. Whether you enjoy walking, swimming, relaxing by the lake, or boating, there’s something for everyone. Six picnic shelters are available for group gatherings, and you can also visit historical exhibits and learn about the ecology of Paris Mountain in the educational Park Center. Seniors over 65 can enjoy a discounted entry price ($3.75) for the day.

Jones Gap State Park and the Middle Saluda River

The Middle Saluda River was the first river ever designated and protected as a “Scenic River” in South Carolina. The protected scenic segment of the river is contained entirely within Jones Gap State Park, a haven for over 400 species of early-season wildflowers, plants, and trees, many rare and endangered. Jones Gap State Park is especially popular with fishing enthusiasts. Thanks to the cold, clear mountain water, the Middle Saluda River is considered one of the best wild trout streams in South Carolina!

Caesars Head State Park 

Just an hour from Greenville, Caesars Head State Park is known for its gorgeous panoramic views. Birders especially love Caesars Head State Park: while visiting the easily accessible Blue Ridge Escarpment overlook, you might spot Bald Eagles, Mississippi Kites, American Kestrels, Turkey Vultures, and Peregrine Falcons. If you visit in the fall, you may observe the migration of thousands of hawks to their wintering grounds in South America.

Devils Fork State Park

If your family could use a day at the lake, head to Devils Fork State Park. Just an hour west of Greenville, Devils Fork State Park is home to 75 miles of shoreline along Lake Jocassee, a stunning mountain reservoir named one of National Geographic’s “50 of the World’s Last Great Places – Destinations of a Lifetime.” Visitors can swim, boat, fish, or relax by the lake. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might also enjoy the Oconee Bell Nature Trail, an easy-walking one-mile loop named for the rare wildflower that lines its path.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden 

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, situated in Columbia, South Carolina, is one of the most visited zoos in the country and a must-visit for anyone in the region. Home to over 2,000 animals, the Riverbanks Zoo has been named the Southeast Tourism Society’s Travel Attraction of the Year twice. Popular attractions at the zoo include the Koala Knockabout, the Birdhouse at the Riverbanks, and Susan the cephalopod, a Giant Pacific Octopus. And on hot days, take a tram to the award-winning Botanical Gardens.

Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park

Are you a history buff? You can find two major Revolutionary War landmarks within an hour of Greenville: Cowpens National Battlefield (a significant battlefield in the American Revolutionary War) and Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of an important American victory during the Revolutionary War.


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Living at the Gables on Pelham makes it easy to enjoy the many benefits of living in or visiting Greenville, from outings to local restaurants and attractions to shopping trips, live music, fitness classes, walking clubs, afternoon socials, and more. The Gables on Pelham also has a wide selection of on-site amenities, including a beauty/barber shop, scenic walking paths, courtyard and garden, library, game room, wellness center, and more.

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