Family Friday Hikes offered at Paris Mountain State Park This Summer

by Lacey Eibert Keigley

Even though it’s not technically IN Travelers Rest, we all claim Paris Mountain State Park as our own.

It has so much to offer and the convenient location is top of that list. It’s just a short drive away to enjoy nature trails, a walk around Lake Placid, a longer and more challenging hike at Brissy Ridge, mountain bike trails, stream side by Sulpher Springs, kayak rentals, fishing, shelters for parties and gatherings and so much more.


Paris Mtn. State Park


This summer, families will love a new addition – Paris Mountain State Park will offer Creek Ranger family hikes most Fridays at 10 a.m. this summer, through August 5.  Create family memories on Fridays this summer! 

Registration is required and the cost is $5 per person plus admission. These programs are also available for groups on other summer weekdays. If you’ve got a summer group or a scout troop or a daycare, why not set up your own Creek Ranger hike this summer?


Brissy Ridge


Here’s what the Creek Ranger Hikes will look like: 

From 10 am – 12 noon, take a nature walk with a ranger or staff interpreter and wade into Mountain Creek!  Using one of the park nets, search for dragonfly nymphs and salamanders, plus many more animals that call Paris Mountain home.  Look at these animals under the microscope in the park lab (animals will be returned to the creek afterward)!  Participants are encouraged to bring their own water shoes (though a limited number of water shoes are available to borrow).  Limit: 25 people.  All ages welcome!  Total walking adds up to about a mile roundtrip, as we walk to the creek, stay awhile, and walk back. 


Paris Mtn. State Park


The cost is $5 per person, including adults, PLUS admission (if you have a Park Passport, you only pay the program cost). Payable at the admission booth with credit/debit card or cash.  Registration is required.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Park admission is $6 for ages 16-64, $3.50 for ages 6-15, and $3.75 for ages 65+.  Children ages 5 and under are not charged admission, so they only pay for the program. 


Paris Mtn. State Park


A word of advice? Go ahead and buy that annual park pass – you won’t regret it and it’s good for ALL the South Carolina State Parks in our area so head over to Jones Gap and Table Rock and Lake Jocassee this summer.

Summer Creek Hike Dates: 6/17, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 

All Creek Ranger programs begin at the Park Center and take approximately two hours. 


Paris Mtn. State Park


For more information and registration, email Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor at or call the park office at 864-244-5565.

Paris Mountain State Park is located at 2401 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609.  


Brissy Ridge Trail


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