Paris Mountain State Park Big Loop Trail is a 10.4 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.
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.
Not too strenuous. A good day hike
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.
Not very strenuous but good for running
One of my favorite places
Very good trails, I like to go here to warm up for backpacking trips.
One of my favorite hikes and so close to home. I never tire of it . I love Paris Mountain !
Very challenging and technical trails!