So you want the perfect weekend away, but this time you want to focus on the great outdoors, here is our list of Best Upstate South Carolina Hiking.

Now just because the title say’s ‘hiking’ doesn’t mean that you have to hike all weekend, sometimes the best tasting food is after a long hike. The great thing about the upstate of South Carolina is that you can leave the wilderness, and be in downtown Greenville or Spartanburg in no time. On this list, we try to stay away from the backpacking type parks and focus on trails you can easily make a day of, and still have some time for dinner in town.

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Devils Fork State Park – Lake Jocassee

So where do you go to find the best trails and scenery in the upstate of South Carolina? Check our list below.

Devils Fork State Park – Lake Jocassee

lake-jocassee-devils-fork-state-park-sc-travel-guideDevils Fork State Park has to be on the top of our list for a weekend hike. Lake Jocassee (also located in the park) is known as the cleanest lake in the state and boasts crystal clear mountain water. In addition to the beautiful lake, Devils Fork State Park has some of the best Upstate South Carolina hiking trails.

Some of the most popular activities in the park include camping, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming, and waterfall hunting. Devils Fork state park does have a small entry fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children. If you visit Devils Fork State Park, be sure to check in with the rangers to request a map. Something to note, Devils Fork State Park is considerably further away from the major city of Greenville than some of our other choices, but we think this park is a must visit.

Paris Mountain State Park

Paris Mountain State Park Hiking SC Travel GuideParis Mountain State Park is located just outside of Greenville, SC and offers multiple hiking trails, lakes, boat rentals, and more. We really like this park due to its close proximity to downtown Greenville. The park has hiking trails for all experience levels, and enough mileage to keep you busy for the day. There is no primitive camping allowed in the park, but Paris Mountain does offer an RV park with just over 42 sites.

Be sure to check in at the rangers station for a detailed map and additional park info. Some of the trails in the park are on the difficult side, so be sure to plan your hike accordingly. As we mentioned above, the Paris Mountain is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Greenville.  There is a $5 fee for adults and $3 for children.

Croft State Park

camp croft hiking sc travel guide discover scCroft state park is located in Spartanburg County and is within minutes from the charming town of Spartanburg. What makes Croft a fabulous choice for a hiking adventure besides beauty, is the history of the area. In 1944, the United States Army set-up camps around the country in response to the situation in Europe. Camp Croft was used as one of the camps to train army infantry and artillery units. There are a few places in the park that warn you not to go off trail due to the property formerly being an Army Base that used explosives regularly.

In addition to the military history, if you take the southside loop trail, you will find a graveyard dating back to the early 1800’s. It is possible to miss the graveyard, so keep an eye out for it. The graveyard is at the top of one of the steep inclines on the left, about 1.5 to 2 miles in. After your hike, head into downtown Spartanburg for a bite to eat, there are many great restaurants in the town. Croft State Park is for sure some of the best Upstate South Carolina hiking.


In Closing: These are a few of the most popular choices among travelers for a beautiful day hike in the upstate of South Carolina. We considered each park to be reasonably accessible to lodging, restaurants, and other upstate attractions. Check back often as we will update this post with restaurants, attractions, and lodging ideas.