In a blog post earlier this week
, I told you about Greenville’s Falls Park
, a gem of an urban green space in the South Carolina upcountry
featuring the picturesque Reedy River Falls. A half-mile downriver is another spectacular outdoor attraction — the 122-acre Cleveland Park
Considered by residents to be “The City Park,” it features six lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, a lighted softball field, four playgrounds, a 16-station fitness trail, a nature trail, eight picnic shelters, a dog park, a full-scale zoo and plenty of open spaces to toss around a Frisbee or football. Asphalt pathways link all the amenities together.
With so many recreational options, this park gets plenty of use — even on weekdays. My husband and I rode our bikes through the park on a recent Monday afternoon and were astounded by the number of people playing outdoors.
It was like a slice of Americana. There were mothers pushing strollers, couples walking dogs, teenagers playing softball and kids climbing all over the jungle gyms. In the Rock Quarry Garden, a young couple had spread out a blanket and was enjoying a picnic lunch next to the waterfall.
The Reedy River runs along the length of the park, creating a picturesque setting for all of the recreational activities. A .6-mile trail links Cleveland Park to Falls Park and historic downtown Greenville
. The trail system also connects to Linky Stone Park and the interactive Children's Garden
One of my favorite sections of Cleveland Park is the Rock Quarry Garden, a peaceful refuge from the more active areas of the recreational center. Once the site of a pre-Civil War granite quarry, it has been transformed into an outdoor oasis with rock ledges, a waterfall and beautiful flowering plants.
At the other end of the park is the Fernwood Nature Trail, another quiet area to enjoy nature. As you walk along the one-mile loop trail through the hardwood forest, it’s easy to forget you’re in the center of a bustling city.
But the big draw here is unquestionably the Greenville Zoo
, featuring all the usual suspects — giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises, elephants, lions, alligators, reptiles and three young Amur leopards.
Want to learn more about Cleveland Park? Click here
to download a brochure or call (864) 467-4350.