Paris Mountain Big Loop is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Greenville, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length12.3 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeLoop
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This loop consists of Mountain Creek, Brissy Ridge, Pipissewa, North Lake, Kanuga, Sulphur Springs Trails. 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 reservoirs 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 challenging technical areas that would make avoiding trail occupants very difficult. 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 accompanying 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 permitted on North Lake. Fish size and bait restrictions are posted. Several areas of parking are available throughout the park. Some areas include pavilions with grills and restrooms. Some restrooms are ADA accessible. A daily park entrance fee is assessed. Fee is $5.00 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.

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Waleed Faraj
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Scenic drivingGreat!MuddyRocky

This place is a state park and will cost an entry fee but it's gorgeous. It was rainy and muddy when we went but we still enjoyed every second! Some trails are really long inside and some are a quarter mile. We took the dog. You can drive through and see the different views.

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Tracy Auchtung
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Hiking

Nice hike. Took about 6 hours going clockwise. All the blow downs have been taken care of. The Brissy Ridge hikers only section was the only longish uphill stretch. The campsites on the North Lake loop have picnic tables and make a great stopping place for lunch.

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Taryn M
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Hiking

Was pretty easy to get into a different track and get a notification that I’m off trail. Very pretty views and a couple steep climbs. Started at 930am and just finished about 430pm.

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Leslie Spencer
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Hiking

Nice trail through a woods, along ridge line and next to springs. Varied terrain, not very difficult. Trails are very well maintained and as long as you have GPS map you’ll be fine. Not terribly busy until the end of the hike.

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Brennan Cain
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Dee Hollaway
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WalkingFeeGreat!Rocky

You’ll read in a few recent reviews about downed trees. Those trees have been cleared now as they were the wreckage of Tropical Storm Zeta’s 85 mph winds. The trailed are well maintained but the mountain itself is covered with loose rock, ranging from walnut to orange sized. There are roots covered by leaves and large slabs of granite which can be very slippery. The mountain is a favorite for bicyclist and furry friends. I love this park because I feel safe as a lone female hiker and the trails offer a nice workout for knees and ankles as the terrain is uneven. I’m a grandma but I wouldn’t bring my littles here without help, steep drop-offs for toddlers or kids under the age of 5- be cautious!

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Jamie Hall
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HikingBlowdown

Trail was great. Had a few trees fall onto path but no big deal. Park was working on it. The views were epic. The lake was clear and just before night fall a fog layed on the water. The leaves were beautiful. Im glad to have spent that time with my mother. She loved it.

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Shane Silvey
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Hiking

I give it a 3 star because of the exercise. It’s definitely not a hard trail except for the distance. It’s marked fairly decent but you need to have a GPX or a map of the park to do the big loop because of all of the trail intersections that could be confusing. There are some trees on the trail that makes for some fun contortions but one section had a worker clearing a tree with a chainsaw. There are no spectacular views anywhere along the route unless you like lake views. Lots of people on the trail on a Saturday morning. My 8 year old did it with me clocking in 11.3 miles. We didn’t do the loop nearest to the TH because of time constraints.

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Bacon Bits
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Hiking

Great trail, definately need to be a little in shape to hike it all. Nice views along the way.

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Billie Davis
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Great

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Dusty Lawson
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained, well marked trail, just take a picture of the map in the parking lot and you're ready to go.

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Vitaly Rassolov
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Ryan Harmening
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Well maintained and great exercise

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Charles Martz
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HikingGreat!

Great maintained trail. There were some bikes and everyone was really friendly. I only tracked it as 11.3 miles.

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Linda Brown
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

Wet and muddy today but trails are well marked. Beautiful scenery

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Hilary Johnson
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Hiking

Nice hike! Stopped halfway thru at the lake for a snack. Nicely maintained trails. Not a lot of people on the weekday mornings.

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Driq Spurgeon
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Running

Great runnable trail!

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David Hornik
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Cory Mizga
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Hiking

What a fun trail...it’s really only difficult because of the length. Not a lot of views to speak of and no real summit completed, but some waterfalls, peace and quiet and nice trails. I enjoyed it. Mount Mitchell and Craig are next. I keep putting those off.

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Mark Fulcher
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Running

This was a great run and new favorite spot for me! Challenging at times, but if you start at the bottom of Brissey(or in a parking lot a mile away like I did) the downhill is awesome. You'll have earned it!

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Dee Hollaway
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Hiking

Really nice hike with some buttbusters and beautiful scenery.

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Vijay Patel
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Hiking

One of the best hike I ever enjoyed in years

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