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Paris Mountain State Park

Piedmont, South Carolina

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  • The Main Lodge on Lake Placid.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Signage helps to direct you through the trails.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • The view heading into the amphitheater.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • The outdoor amphitheater that hosts solar-powered music events.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A biker heading down an early section of the Brissy Ridge Trail.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A biker banking a turn on the Brissy Ridge Trail.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A biker heading down a series of jumps on the Brissy Ridge Trail.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Paddleboat and kayak rentals are available at the Main Lodge.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Lake Placid from Mountain Creek Trail.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A lone kayak on Lake Placid.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A father and son on Lake Placid.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Groups take to the water to beat the summer heat.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Paved campsites can be rented at the Main Lodge.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Various picnic shelters are scattered along the main road leading to the top of Paris Mountain.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Bike maintenance racks are located at each trailhead.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A historic bridge built during the Civil War.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Charcoal grills and picnic tables are spread around the day-use area and are free with admission.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Bathrooms with vending machines are spread along the main road leading to the top of Paris Mountain.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • The Lake Placid Dam with bridge across the creek for viewing.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • Another view of the Lake Placid Dam from below.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • There are a few beaver families around the lakes, and evidence can be seen among the trees nearest the water.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • The large stonework front porch overlooks Lake Placid at the Main Lodge.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • The Main Lodge has an educational area to learn about this important watershed in Greenville, South Carolina.- Paris Mountain State Park
  • A playground with a large field and volleyball net are located at the Main Lodge parking area.- Paris Mountain State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multi-use trails. Recreational lake. Shelter and campsite rentals.
Cons: 
Campsites book quickly.
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Region:
Piedmont, SC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Admission Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Paris Mountain State Park's history begins in the 1920s, when the park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps around the singular rocky peak of Paris Mountain. The current structures all maintain the same wood and stone aesthetics as the original lodge. The main lodge next to the ranger's residence has educational materials and games for kids. Across the street is a playground with a volleyball net and a large open field for team sports.

One main road leads through to the top of the mountain and to many parking areas, creating easy access to over 15 miles of mountain biking/hiking trails. Each trailhead features a picnic area and a bike maintenance area complete with tools and air pumps. The trails allow hiking and mountain biking and are considered very technical for biking because they are filled with rocks and roots. Mountain bikes are not allowed in the park on Saturdays due to the high number of hikers. There are five primitive trailside campsites around the North Lake Trail Loop and 39 paved campsites midway through the park with individual water and electrical hookups for RVs, 13 of which have tent pads. Camping reservations must be made, and fees vary based on site type and length of stay. There are four lakes in the park, but the main draw of the park is Lake Placid, which allows hiking around the Lake Placid Trail, swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, and kayaking/canoeing (personal watercraft not allowed). On the opposite side of the lake, Mountain Creek Trail leads to an outdoor amphitheater that hosts free solar-powered concerts through September and October. There are day use and picnic areas scattered around the lake and barbecue grills that are available to all.

The Lodge at Camp Buckhorn is a rentable space that seats up to 75 people. It has been fully renovated, has a state-of-the-art kitchen, and is popular for weddings, reunions, and other large group gatherings. The rental of Camp Buckhorn includes nine small cabins that sleep up to four.

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