A renovated historic bathhouse serves as the new hub of activities at popular Paris Mountain State Park. Once a rural retreat, the mountainside park now is a treasured green space in the fast-growing Greenville area. Bicyclists, hikers, picnickers and groups using Camp Buckhorn keep the park busy year-round. Summer is peak time for fishing, and swimming, in the park lakes. Paris Mountain State Park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The renovated bathhouse, now called the Park Center, preserves that heritage in stone and timber on the outside and on the inside adds a 3-D map of the park, historical exhibits and a classroom for sessions on the diverse natural offerings of the leafy site.
This loop follows the perimeter trails of Paris Mt. There are several access points for the trail. Taking the trail as recorded here, tougher sections (which never allow bikes) are downhill, go the other way and there are a couple of hard uphill climbs (Sulphur Springs, Brissy Ridge). Great hike.