Things to Do

Activities

Fun in the Upstate in Greenville! From rafting and rock climbing to hiking and biking, activities for visitors of all ages.

Mast General Store

Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why….. some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store.

111 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601 - Map It

(864) 235-1883

Blue Heron Whitewater

Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, 22 miles NW, on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy five miles of beautiful scenery, fun class II-III rapids. Add three miles and a class IV rapid for the Full Day Trip. Minimum age is 8.
Families with kids as young as 4 enjoy the calm water Float Trip. Locally owned and operated, small company big on details!

888-426-7238 / 888-H2o-Raft

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

1-888-28-4843

Cotton Creek Golf Club

This 18-hole golf course offers a challenge for all levels of golfers. They have a driving range, golf shop, and grill.

(864) 583-7084

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Dillsboro, NC
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations. 1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811

828-586-8811

32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Visit the 32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: From Inspiration to Creation.” from Sept 26th to 28th, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4:30 pm. The show will be held at the WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building featuring over 250 quilts. Find quilts for sale, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors and product raffles. Entrance fee $6.

WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC - Map It

Links O’Tyron

Links O’Tryon, by Tom Jackson, was voted the number one semi-private golf course in the Upstate by Golfweek magazine. Situated just below the North Carolina border, the course is laid out within seven different mountains and offers a spectacular view from every hole. With very little water and trees, the course lends a Scottish flair to the foothill setting.

(864) 468-4995

Verdae Greens Golf Club

One Site of the PGA Tour Nike Upstate Classic. This 18-hole championship par 72 course features Bermuda Fairways and Pencross bentgrass greens. Driving range and practice green.

(864) 676-1500

Camp Greenville

YMCA Camp Greenville is very proud of its very special natural setting. The mountain top campus is situated at 3200 feet above sea level and includes well over 1600 acres of property. Set on the eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Greenville provides excellent panoramic views of the South Carolina upstate area.

The Cliffs at Mountain Park

A haven at the crossroads of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Cliffs at Mountain Park is a New Mountain Classic in gated, residential living. Be among the first to discover Mountain Park through The Cliffs’ priority reservation program leading up to this fall’s inaugural release. Golf at The Cliffs Communities is a four-season sport, with soon-to-be eight championship golf courses and half a dozen sponsored PGA and Champions Tours professionals who call The Cliffs home. The Cliffs membership means membership in one community gives you access to the world-class amenities of all eight– one reason why Travel + Leisure Golf magazine ranks The Cliffs among America’s Top 10 Golf Communities.

(866) 435-5123

Golden Strip Track Club

A non-profit community based organization, managed by volunteers. The objective is to provide youth an opportunity to participate in Track and Field activities in an organized and positive environment.

Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the South. On this field on January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan led his army of tough Continentals, militia and cavalry to a brilliant victory over Banastre Tarleton’s force of British regulars.

Electric City Cycling Club

The ECCC, based in Anderson, SC, is a mostly touring, partly racing club which also includes a sizable mountain biking population. We have over 200 members from all over Upstate (Northwest) South Carolina.

River Falls Plantation

River Falls Plantation, located just west of Spartanburg, is a Gary Players design that combines hilly terrain and sharp slopes with thick

rough and slick bent grass greens.

(864) 433-9192

Appalachian Trail

This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference.

(828) 254-3708

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors is a complete outfitter and guide service in Arden, NC and in Downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you love hiking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, or canoeing, Diamond Brand Outdoors is your one-stop shop for gear and information for your adventures in beautiful Western North Carolina!

2623 Hendersonville Rd., Arden, NC 28704 - Map It

1-800-459-6262

Walnut Grove

Kate Moore Barry’s 1765 plantation house had been lived in only a few years when the Revolution rocked the colonies. She then served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens. Walnut Grove was a community in itself, with a school, doctor’s office and various outbuildings. Fully restored and furnished.

Cobb’s Glen Country Club

Cobb’s Glen Country Club was built in 1976 by George Cobb. The club has hosted the 1978 and 1986 South Carolina Sate Amateur championships and the 1993 and 1995 Nike Tour Open Qualifying. Cobb’s design features gentle rolling hills a wooded setting and bent grass greens. From the championship tees, Cobb’s Glen plays to 7,002 yards with a slope of 120.

(800) 624-7688

Pavillion Indoor Recreation Complex

Full size ice skating rink, tennis courts, gameroom, concessions, summer daycamps and afterschool programs. The Pavilion in Taylors, SC is home to the Brushy Creek & Southern miniature passenger railroad. One of only two public indoor rinks in South Carolina. Call 864-322-7529 for more information.

864-322-7529

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is 80,000 square feet of fun making it the 7th largest children’s museum in the country and the 10th largest in the world.  Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it’s close to all the action and offers ample parking. Visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. There’s also a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BiLo Market or even make their own TV Broadcast!   Whatever your age, The Children’s Museum is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and pretend. “I Can be Anything!” is their motto and you’ll agree when you walk through the doors of this hands on, interactive museum. TCMU is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm (Closed Mondays during the school year). Admission: $9 child, $10 adult, under 2 free.  300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

 

864-233-7755

Willow Creek Golf Course

Greenville and Spartanburg’s premier golf course open to public. Plush bentgrass greens, Tom Jackson design, driving range/putting greens, full service clubhouse, and pro-shop.

(864) 848-4999

Foothills Trail

The main stem of this nearly 100-mile long hiking trail extends from Table Rock State Park in Pickens County to Oconee State Park in Oconee County. The trail crosses some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the Southeast and provides access to Sassafras Mountain, the highest peak in South Carolina, and to major mountain streams and breathtaking views. Contact the Foothills Trails Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville SC 29602.

(864) 233-9403

Hollywild Animal Park

Hollywild Animal Park is located near Inman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, one of the most scenic and culturally diverse areas of South Carolina’s Upcountry. Nestled on over 100 acres, Hollywild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing an interactive and enlightening experience for our visitors as we continually improve the lives of our animals in an enriching and respectful environment.

Greenville County Recreation District

The Greenville County Recreation District is committed to improving the quality of life in this community by providing recreation facilities and leisure time programming for its residents and visitors.

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Columbia, SC
Riverbanks Zoo is a sanctuary for more than 2,000 animals housed in natural habitat exhibits along the Saluda River in Columbia, SC. Just across the river, the 70-acre Riverbanks Botanical Garden is devoted to gardens, woodlands, plant collections and historic ruins.

Palmetto Moonshine

Family owned and operated, Palmetto Moonshine is the first moonshine distillery to receive their permit to operate in the state of South Carolina. Traditional moonshine is made on site in a copper still, which you can watch in operation 5 days a week. Free product tastings and self-guided tours are offered during all business hours. To schedule a free guided tour, contact Benji Beck at 864.226.9917. Visit the website for scheduled events, such as live music.

200 West Benson Street, Anderson, SC 29624 - Map It

864-226-9917

Executive Women’s Golf Association

EWGA: The largest women’s amateur golf association in the U.S., the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 current and aspiring business and professional women who share a passion for golf and good times. EWGA membership offers many benefits, including affordable organized golf that fits a working woman’s schedule, networking, competition, and learning opportunities that support career advancement. EWGA chapters throughout the United States – and in Canada and Italy – are located in over 125 corporate markets with members that are actively engaged in golf and business.

Hunter’s Creek Plantation

The Oak Nine at Hunter’s Creek Plantation opened in 1995. Tome Jackson designed the course. Many of the holes are open, while others are bordered by woods. You’ll find bermuda grass on both the greens and fairways.

(864) 223-9286

Mountain Bridge Wilderness & Rec. Area

More than 11,000 acres and 50 miles of trails connect to the Sumter National Forest with one trail leading to the Foothills Trail. This network of trails provides an excellent view of scenic vistas, including Raven Cliff Falls. Primitive trailside camping is permitted by registering with a ranger. Call Caesars Head State Park at (864) 836-6115 or Jones Gap State Park at (864) 836-3647.

(864) 836-6115 or (864) 836-3647

Green River Country Club

The Greer Golf and Country Club opened nine holes in 1954. It is now an 18-hole Bermuda Grass course with water in play.

Roper Mountain Science Center

Owned and operated by the School District of Greenville County, the Science Center’s primary purpose is to provide high quality enhancement to the school district’s classroom curriculum. Through its numerous hands-on and attention-grabbing science programs available to school-age children, the Science Center has earned a reputation throughout the state of providing students with dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking science programs that, no doubt, are leading many of today’s students into future careers in science.
The Roper Mountain Science Center is located off I-385 at Exit 37 (Roper Mountain Road); cross over the Interstate bridge and the entrance is the second road on the right.

FREE (864) 281-1188

Chimney Rock Park

More than a rock, it’s a mountain of possibilities. Enjoy a leisurely walk or a challenging hike out to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Sign up to take a rock climbing clinic or spend a half or full-day taking rock climbing instructions. Bring a picnic or pick up a Hiker’s Lunch and savor the views. Take the kids and the dog on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. There’s no shortage of ways to find yourself breathless. Check out our special events and group activities. Just 60 miles NE of Greenville. Open all year. Live it up!

800-277-9611

Heritage Preserves

Hiking is permitted in the following Upcountry Heritage Preserves: Eastatoe Creek, Buzzard Roost, Ashmore, Watson, Glassy Mountain, Laurel Fork, Bunched Arrowhead, Pacolet River and parts of Chandler. Contact the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, PO Box 167, Columbia SC 29202; (803) 734-3893.

(864) 654-6738

Greenville Spinners

The Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club is an organization run entirely by volunteers and can use your support.

Freewheelers of Spartanburg

A local group of cyclists maintain this website. Contains resources about places to ride and people to ride with.

South Carolina Trails

Our goal is to foster a statewide network of trails and greenways by promoting trail use, management, and development.

Greenville Zoo

Find out more about what this zoo has to offer. . . .

South Carolina State Parks

An interactive map helps you search for state parks in the area.

Mice on Main

… A unique Way to explore downtown Greenville

Bike Worx

Friendly & Knowledgeable. Barnett’s Certified Mechanics.
1055A Fernwood Glendale Rd. Spartanburg

864 542-2453

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Expedtions, guided trips; Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking. In Bryson City, NC

888-662-1662

Oak Ridge Country Club

18-hole golf couse with bentgrass challenges golfers of all levels. Pro shop, driving range and swimming pool.

(864) 582-7579

Falls Park

The park is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. There is no admission fee for daily use.

Cherokee Valley

18 Hole championship course with bent grass greens only minutes from Spartanburg.

(864) 895-6758

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Clemson, SC
This beautiful garden is located on the grounds of Clemson university.

Kayaking on the Chattoga River

Section 1
This is from the West Fork to the main river. Trout fishing, inner tubes, and gentle canoe rides predominate. Great place to sit and relax.

Section 2
This is seven miles in length and runs from Highway 28 bridge to Earl’s Ford. This is where class I and II rapids dominate. Also, there is one class III rapid. This is great for beginners and moderate paddlers.

Section 3
This is 13 miles in length and runs from Earl’s Ford to US 76 Bridge. This is for experenced paddlers. It includes class II, III, and IV rapids.

Section 4
This section is seven miles long and runs from US 76 to Lake Tugaloo. This is for well experenced paddlers. Rapids include class III, IV, and V. This is for the very adventurous paddler.

Rapid Classifications

Class I – Small rapids with low waves and no obstructions.
Class II – More frequent rapids with few or no obstructions.
Class III – Waves up to four feet, with some maneuvering around obstructions.
Class IV – Long and violent rapids. Large waves that are unavoidable. Complex course. Scouting is a must.
Class VI – Maximum difficulty. Involves serious risk of life.

Western North Carolina Area

Blue Heron Whitewater

Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, 22 miles NW, on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy five miles of beautiful scenery, fun class II-III rapids. Add three miles and a class IV rapid for the Full Day Trip. Minimum age is 8.
Families with kids as young as 4 enjoy the calm water Float Trip. Locally owned and operated, small company big on details!


888-426-7238 / 888-H2o-Raft

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

1-888-28-4843

Chimney Rock Park

More than a rock, it’s a mountain of possibilities. Enjoy a leisurely walk or a challenging hike out to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Sign up to take a rock climbing clinic or spend a half or full-day taking rock climbing instructions. Bring a picnic or pick up a Hiker’s Lunch and savor the views. Take the kids and the dog on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. There’s no shortage of ways to find yourself breathless. Check out our special events and group activities. Just 60 miles NE of Greenville. Open all year. Live it up!


800-277-9611

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Dillsboro, NC
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations. 1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811


828-586-8811