It’s springtime which means Greenville is starting to experience explosions of beautiful blooming flowers and gorgeous sunny weather. It’s time for all of us to emerge from our seasonal depression and get some sun on our skin, and there’s no place better to do that than one of the many beautiful parks in the area. Here is a list of our top picks for our favorite spots to soak up the sun and enjoy the abundant natural resources Greenville has to offer.
You simply can’t have a list of Greenville’s best parks without including the crown jewel of the city. Falls Park lies in the heart of downtown Greenville and is unlike any other city park you’ve ever seen. Take a walk across Liberty Suspension Bridge to get a stunning view of the cascading waterfalls on the Reedy River. You can also find many bench swings, paved nature trails, and local performers ready to charm you. The park is also surrounded by incredible local cafes, ice cream shops, and local restaurants, so if you want to spend your whole day in this area you won’t be lost for things to do.
Unity Park is the newest addition to Greenville’s parks. It was finished in spring of 2022 and is the perfect place for families to visit. The park has the most incredible playground I’ve ever seen and includes a climbing wall, splash pad, swings, and abundant opportunities for sliding and exploring. On top of the joy it brings to the area, the park is symbolic of the city’s mission to create affordable housing and fight gentrification in local communities.
Located on the Laurens Road end of Woodruff Road, Legacy Park is one of my favorite hidden gems in Greenville. The Hollingsworth neighborhood surrounding the park is one of the best areas for a springtime walk in my opinion. The park has a volleyball court, two playgrounds, a pond, and plenty of open space for throwing a football or baseball with friends and family.
Okay this is technically not a park, but if you’re looking for beautiful green space to enjoy this spring you simply have to visit Furman’s campus. Mentioned in several top ten lists of the most beautiful universities in the United States, you’re sure to be wowed by the natural beauty and architecture of the buildings on campus. Bring a picnic and sit by the lake to enjoy watching the swans, or ride your bike on the swamp rabbit trail and stop off here to visit!