Paris Mountain State Park Big Loop Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Greenville, SC that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Paris Mountain State Park is a system of trails that are cover a diverse and rural area of Greenville County. The park is only a 10 minutes drive from most of Greenville city. There are trails for almost every level of hiker and biker. With the exception of the very young or those that are looking for very flat and non-challanging trails. The park includes a lake (Lake Placid) and two reserviors that were at one time part of the Greenville watershed. These bodies of water no longer are used for potable water, but are maintained for recreational use. Several of the trails are multiple use trails, meaning that both hikers and bikers may use them. Please be alert to users of the trails, as there are several sight limited areas and challanging technical areas that would make avoiding trail occupants very difficult. PLEASE NOTE: Park regulations prevent bikers from ANY trail on Saturdays. These trails see heavy foot use on weekends and due to safety, no bikes are permitted on Saturdays. In addition, a couple trails are for foot traffic only. Please see the accompaning map for more details. Structured camping is available in two camp grounds within the park. See the park office for further details. Backcountry camping is also permitted around Reservoir #3 (also known as North Lake). There are 4 designated tent/ camp sites. Backcountry camping requires registration with the park office prior to camping. Camping is restricted to designated areas only. Please pack out waste. Fishing is premitted on North Lake. Fish size and bait restrictions are posted. Several areas of parking are available throughout the park. Some areas include pavillons with grills and restrooms. Some restrooms are ADA accessible. A daily park entrance fee is assessed. Currently as of 12/28/2011 the fee is $2.00 per adult. A self pay box is available at the gate. Rangers will patrol the park and ticket those that have not submitted a use fee.
Great hike, beautiful vistas, good grades.
Great variety of trails.
moderate in places.
We couldn't find any great "lookout" views but around the lake was pretty. By 10 there are many people out hiking, jogging, or walking dogs.
Nice place to hike or run, very peaceful. There is $5 for parking all day long. Also, there is swimming and camping places.
Some parts were poorly marked but all in all a good workout!
We took Sulphur springs to brush ridge to kanuga up to North lake and then to fire tower trail back to the sulphur springs. It was 7 miles in all!
really pretty scenery. not a hard day hike, and well worth the drive. :)
I know I'm probably coming off cheap, but didn't expect to pay $5 to get in. luckily had cash for me and two buddies who came to visit. so a heads up on that.
someone already said it, but the signage on the roads is extremely unhelpful. finally ended up getting past the RV camper areas and what not, and parked at a Sulphur Springs Trailhead. starts of rather easy. after you pass the old dam, starts to pick up rather good in difficulty. Was a decent trail, lots of vegetation and trees provided rather substantial shade, but good workout especially with a pack on.
I definitely either suggest going back same way you came, or doing more research on trails than we did beforehand, and don't come back on the Sulphur Springs where bikes are allowed. Lots of bike traffic there.
Plenty of entertainment.
I've actually never on purposed did any hiking. My wife & I decided that it was something we wanted to start doing and from the recommendation from a friend. Since we live close to Greenville, we made the trip and were surprised with how much fun it was. We walked the Brissey Ridge Trail Loop & it wasn't too bad. We stopped a good bit to take photos and hang out but all in all it wasn't a bad hike at all.
We'll be doing this trail again & will be traveling more to do more!