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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
1354 Rutherford Road – The Greenville Market, assisting farmers who truck seasonal fruits and vegetables from surrounding counties, NC, and northeast GA, offers selections from the freshest and best in the Piedmont area. Hours of retail operation: 8 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Saturday.
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.
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.
Born high in the Carolina mountains and dropping an average of 49.3 feet per mile in its race past the stately woods of Sumter National Forest, for 40 miles this tumultuous (and sometimes disarmingly placid) mountain river separates South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga became a sort of national quest after its starring role in the movie “Deliverance.” (For guided raft tours, contact Wildwater Ltd., Box 309, Long Creek, SC 29658.
(800) 451-9972 or (864) 647-9587
Located in downtown Greenville’s Pettigru Historic District, the museum houses a collection of Confederate relics and artifacts, both military and personal, as well as a research library.
This unique residential camp, in existence since 1968, serves individuals 8 years and older with special needs. Weekly activities at Spearhead include a petting zoo, Ropes course, miniature golf, horseback riding, hiking, hay rides, boating and drama.
Often right at the foot of high mountains, this beautiful but still utilitarian two-lane road leaves I-85 at Gaffney, makes a 130-mile arc through peach orchards and villages, past Cowpens Battlefield, over I-26, past several state and county parks, over Lake Keowee at a scenic spot and on past Salem, Walhalla, Seneca and Westminster to rejoin I-85 at the Georgia line.
The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History boasts a large and growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the War Between the States. The collection includes firearms, photographs, flags, edged weapons, currency, clothing, letters, newspapers, and other items from military and home life.
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
Pleasant Ridge County Park features 300 acres of beautiful mountain wilderness complete with a 5 acre fishing/swimming lake, nature trail, and playground. 4232 Hwy 11, Marietta, SC 29661
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.
This unique historical park pays homage to former Chicago White Sox great Shoeless Joe Jackson who grew up and played ball in the Brandon Mill Community.
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.
Westside Aquatic Center features South Carolina’s only public 50 meter enclosed swimming pool and a year-round menu of daily recreation swim and lap times, instruction, senior citizens aquarobics, scuba and kayaking.
2700 West Blue Ridge Dr. Greenville, SC 29611
This beautiful garden contains more that 10,000 plants, as well as dams, ponds, and trails. It also serves as a haven for local birds and wildlife. Located on Reidville Road in Spartanburg.
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
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.
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.
This 50 year old miniature passenger train, housed at the Pavilion Recreation Complex, takes passengers on a memorable half-mile ride around the soccer complex. The train is a great family outing!
Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, South Carolina’s preeminent 19th century statesman, from 1825 until his death in 1850. The antebellum plantation home, office and kitchen are furnished mostly with family artifacts.
Located between Tryon and Saluda is Pearson’s Falls. The Tryon Garden Club has own this 250-acre site for nearly 70 years. Hours are 10am -6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults.
BMW Zentrum is a state-of-the-art visitors center that highlights the company’s commitment to engineering and its neighboring communities. Be sure to ride the line via the Virtual Factory Tour. Open Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Factory tours by reservation only. Admission charged. Call 1-888-TOURBMW. 1400 Hwy. 101 South, Greer SC 29651
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.
Starts April 26 and runs through Oct. 25 from 8-12 on Saturdays. Market is on East Court Street in downtown.
This beautiful garden is located on the grounds of Clemson university.
Our goal is to foster a statewide network of trails and greenways by promoting trail use, management, and development.
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Flat Rock Playhouse is the state theatre of North Carolina and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world, the theatre is home to the Vagabond School of the Drama. Check their web site for ticketing information and a schedule of performances.
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!
The Grove Park Inn overlooks Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge mountains. Built in 1913, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Amenities include a 40,000 sq ft world-class spa, Arts & Crafts antique furnishings, Club Floor, Donald Ross designed golf course, tennis, swimming, Sports Complex, shops, fine dining and children’s programs.
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
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.
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)
When you’re in Greenville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you’ll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit hickoryfurniture.com.