Marie McAden



Vote Greenville as Outside Magazine’s Best Active Town in America

Posted 5/21/2013 1:11:00 PM

It’s no big surprise to those of us who have enjoyed Greenville’s many outdoor amenities that this popular Upstate community has been chosen as a Top 10 Best Active Town in America by Outside Magazine

Now’s your chance to make it No. 1. You have until June 10 to vote for Greenville in this year’s Best Town Ever contest. The winners will be announced in the magazine’s September issue.

It’s going to be a tough battle given the competition, which includes such notable towns as San Diego, Boston and Honolulu. But Greenville’s got plenty to offer in the outdoor activity department. Among my favorites are:

* The 17-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, a bike-and-pedestrian-only pathway that runs along the Reedy River and links to Furman University’s scenic campus. Along the way are plenty of benches and gazebos, as well as some terrific trailside restaurants to rest and refuel.

* Falls Park, the centerpiece of downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, features nature trails, “garden rooms,” an amphitheater, picnic pavilion, a river walk with interactive fountain, two natural waterfalls and a one-of-a-kind cantilevered footbridge over the Reedy River. A wide range of events — from jazz concerts to Shakespeare performances — are held monthly in the 32-acre urban green space.

* Cleveland Park, labeled by residents as “The City Park,” features lighted tennis and basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, a lighted softball field, four playgrounds, a 16-station fitness trail, a nature trail, eight picnic shelters, loads of green space to throw around a football or Frisbee, a dog park and a full-scale zoo. Whew! The Reedy River runs along the length of the park, creating a picturesque setting for all the recreational activities.

Just 10 minutes from downtown Greenville is Paris Mountain State Park with its 15 miles of mountain biking trails. Up until 2012, Greenville was the site of the U.S. Pro Cycling championships. Next year, the Para-cycling Championships come to town.

Now that I’ve convinced you, click here to vote for Greenville as the Best Active Town in 2013. And if you’ve never visited Greenville, pack up your boots, bike and boat and see for yourself why this very cool community deserves the top spot.