Paris Mountain State Park Big Loop Trail

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Paris Mountain State Park Big Loop Trail is a 9.9 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.

9.9 miles
1545 feet

dog friendly





mountain biking

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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.

1 month ago

Very nice! The area around the lake was very pleasant. $5/person, many parking areas, well-marked trails.

4 months ago

4 months ago

A fun moderately up and down, and left and right. Well cared for and friendly people. Close to city of Greenville.

trail running
5 months ago

Did this yesterday and it was very satisfying!! Multiple lakes, and you get a taste of about 5 different trails. The lakes were breathtaking.

6 months ago

An amazing hike!! There were sights galore and enough traffic to feel perfectly safe. It was one of our more difficult hikes so far, but if you're up for the challenge, you will certainly reap the benefits.

7 months ago

This was a good hike and I like the idea of being able to stay the night at the Res. Very peaceful and clean. I did get off track one too many times and that irritated me.

7 months ago

This trail was fun. Even though everything is very clearly marked one could get lost wondering all the trails and surprising sights hidden in Paris Mountain. A ton of exposed roots, so watch your footing. I'm going to make sure to come back with my family. Great for dogs as well!

8 months ago

Nice mountain for camping and hiking. So many long trails and open campground areas.

8 months ago

Nice hike overall. Great workout on a warm day. Cool waterfall too.

9 months ago

Great trails, looks like it would be especially fun on a bike!

10 months ago

Nice hiking, varied terrain, but no view from the top.

11 months ago

Not too strenuous. A good day hike

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Monday, February 20, 2017

Not very strenuous but good for running

Friday, February 10, 2017

One of my favorite places, I come here often and it's one of my sanctuaries.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Very good trails, I like to go here to warm up for backpacking trips.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

One of my favorite hikes and so close to home. I never tire of it . I love Paris Mountain !

trail running
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Very challenging and technical trails!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Beautiful scenic views

Monday, November 28, 2016

Great hike, beautiful vistas, good grades.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great variety of trails.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

moderate in places.

Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nice place to hike or run, very peaceful. There is $5 for parking all day long. Also, there is swimming and camping places.

Monday, March 28, 2016


Monday, January 04, 2016

Family Friendly

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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!

Monday, August 17, 2015

really pretty scenery. not a hard day hike, and well worth the drive. :)

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