Visiting the South Carolina Upcountry
Discover all the thrills, fun, and entertainment in South Carolina’s Upcountry. Plan your next visit for the fall, winter, or early spring and check out a wide range of diverse and welcoming cities like Piedmont and Seneca. Don’t miss any of the region’s premier attractions, and be sure to experience any of the excellent festivals, events, concerts and more this season in South Carolina’s Upcountry.
Explore any of the exceptional South Carolina state parks in Upcountry for unmatched fall foliage tours. From Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, to Kings Mountain State Park closer to Fort Mill. SC’s Upcountry will no doubt yield full days of outdoor exploration.
Any visit to South Carolina’s Upcountry should include a stay in Greenville. Vibrant and welcoming at all times of the year, Greenville is particularly great during the fall and winter. You can tour the campus at Furman University, a local highlight, if you’re visiting with a soon-to-be-graduating high school’er, or take part in any of their impressive events and festivals.
Greenville, South Carolina at dusk
During your holiday visit to Greenville, be sure to enjoy an evening of high arts and culture. From November 29th to December 4th the Peace Center in downtown Greenville will be hosting live productions of An American in Paris. This Tony Award-winning musical will delight and dazzle the senses.
You can treat the kiddos to a fun evening at the Greenville Zoo. From October 21st to 30th you can check out the 30th Annual Boo in the Zoo, one of Greenville’s most popular Halloween events. Designed, ideally, for kids 12 years old and younger, Boo in the Zoo will feature trick-or-treating, candy giveaways, games, an un-haunted house, and plenty more.
Don’t pass – or for that matter, punt – on your chance to see some of the very best college football in the country. The city of Clemson, just minutes outside of Seneca, is home to the Clemson University Tigers, who play all home games at Memorial Stadium. This fall, the Tigers will host a number of marquee opponents. The South Carolina State Bulldogs come to town on September 17th, the Pitt Panthers visit on November 12th, and the Tigers will close out their 2016 campaign against the South Carolina Gamecocks, a major in-state rival, on November 26th.
For outdoor enthusiasts, explore the Clemson Experimental Forest trail system near Clemson. Offering three major sections – Fant's Grove, Issaqueena/Keowee Heights, and Todd's Creek – the working forest is used for teaching and research, as well as recreation. Visitors to the CEF Trail System may hike, bike, horseback ride, birdwatch, picnic, fish, hunt, and kayak or canoe their way around Lake Issaqueena and Lake Hartwell.
Plan your visit to Upcountry South Carolina for early 2017 and check out one of the spring’s most anticipated stage productions. Visit the Peace Center from February 21st to 26th and check out Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Not far to the northeast of Greenville is Taylors. Visit The Academy of Arts Logos Theatre on March 17th and 18th to check out Celtic Sounds. Each show starts at 7 p.m., and features authentic Celtic sounds, dancing, and more.
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Parks & Recreation in the Mountain Region
Located in Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming. The historic bathhouse, built in the 1930s, serves as the Park Center and offers historical exhibits and nature programs. Kings Mountain State Park features miles of hiking trails, horseback riding facilities, two fishing lakes, boat rentals, and a Living History Farm. A replica of Piedmont farms in the 1930s, includes several buildings, gardens, and animals.
Zoos & Wildlife in the Mountain Region
A popular destination since 1960, the Greenville Zoo in Cleveland Park is easily accessible from Main Street. Stroll among 25 exhibit areas and view more than 80 species of animals including monkeys, giraffes, bears, orangutans, leopards, ocelots, and red pandas. Spread over 14 acres, the zoo also features a reptile house and a petting zoo with farm animals. Stop by the Safari Shop for t-shirts, souvenirs, toys, and zoo-themed gifts.
Sports and Athletics in the Mountain Region
Stop by Fluor Field and see the Greenville Drive take on teams in the South Atlantic League. The Boston Red Sox Class A Team plays in a ballpark modeled after famous Fenway Park. College sports fan flock to Paladin Stadium to see Furman University football games, and Memorial Stadium at Clemson University is home to the Clemson Tigers. See the Greenville Swamp Rabbits play hockey at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.