Last updated: 8 Apr 2021
2401 State Park Road
Greenville, SC 29609
The Paris Mountain State Park was immaculate, and the staff quite helpful, including the campground host who came right over to issue a parking hang tag and let me know there had been complaints about my loud neighbors and their 3 young barking dogs. He gave me the park ranger’s cell phone number “just in case”, but I didn’t have a problem with the tattooed guys at the next campsite.
Kayaking on the lake was a disappointment – I wasn’t allowed to take my new inflatable kayak out, so chose to rent a standard kayak for $5 for half an hour. I warned the young guys manning the boating hut that I might take longer than thirty minutes if I found some good photo spots, and they assured me it would be fine and wouldn’t charge extra since there was no one else on the lake. Turns out, I was back in 13 minutes! The lake was so tiny (it looked huge on the park map) that I traversed its perimeter and even floated in the middle for 5 minutes before heading back. It would have taken longer to inflate than deflate my kayak.
A dozen youngsters were wading in the shallow lake, and a few adults ventured out further. A lifeguard was on duty at the water’s edge near the park office. One of the rangers was leading a nature hike for a group of campers when I arrived to inquire about hiking trails. Today I hiked part of Prissy Ridge Trail, which I found quite steep, full of tree branches, and sweltering in 92-degree heat. Didn’t make it the 2 ½ miles down to the lake, but did find a pretty spot with a fallen log to picnic on while I watched half a dozen bird species flit around.
The campground had 30 and 50 amp service, freshwater taps, and a common dumping station. The sites were close together but angled so that I only saw forest outside my doors. My neighbor’s campfire smoke blew in the windows, so I kept the AC going until nighttime. There were constant 4 bar and 3G Verizon cellular service within the campground, and 3 bar 1X service up on the mountain. I would return here again. For a young family, this would be a great campground.