Marie McAden



Greenville top vote-getter in Best Active Town contest

Posted 9/20/2013 11:32:00 AM

Greenville fans came through in a big way, earning the Upstate city the most votes in Outside Magazine’s competition for the 2013 Best Active Town in America.

The community of 60,000 residents received 7,154 votes on Facebook. Despite its impressive showing, Park City, Utah took the top honors.

But the magazine devoted a chunk of space in its September issue to rave about Greenville’s parks and greenways, its thriving foodie scene, all the nearby rivers and trails and the 200 events held downtown annually.

“While Greenville didn’t win,” the magazine said, “we wouldn’t hesitate to consider a move here.”

Voters gushed about the city’s 18-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, a bike-and-pedestrian-only pathway that runs along the Reedy River and links to Furman University’s scenic campus.

They lauded the Chattooga River and Saluda Lake for paddling, Lake Conestee Nature Park for hiking and biking and Paris Mountain State Park for mountain biking.

The B-cycle bike share program got special mention along with the city’s myriad of cycling events, including the 2013 Para-Cycling Open

Accompanying the story was a photo of Liberty Bridge and Falls Park, the centerpiece of downtown Greenville’s Historic West End. This 32-acre urban green space features nature trails, “garden rooms,” an amphitheater, picnic pavilion, a river walk with interactive fountain, two natural waterfalls and the one-of-a-kind cantilevered footbridge over the Reedy River.

Greenville is certainly one of my favorite destinations for outdoor fun. Outside Magazine readers obviously agree. But don’t take our word for it. Go check it out for yourself.