Located near the bustling city of Greenville, South Carolina, Paris Mountain State Park offers 1,540 acres of mountain forests and four freshwater lakes to make this an RV stop you don’t want to miss. The lively nearby community keeps this park busy year round. Mountain lovers will enjoy the beauty of lushly wooded Paris Mountain, over 2,000 feet high and situated on an elevated plateau, which is part of the Piedmont region of the United States.
Built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this park has a history going back to the Great Depression and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The Park Center is located in the former bathhouse of the Corps, a renovated timber and stone building. A guide to the historic structures onsite is available for a self-guided tour of the rustic local architecture.
The four freshwater lakes in the Park include Lake Placid, Mountain Lake, Buckhorn Lake and North Lake. These lakes served as the water source for the city of Greenville in the past, a critical resource to this area of South Carolina. Whether you're here for the wooded beauty of the mountains or or lakeside relaxation, Paris Mountain State Park is a great getaway on your RV journey.
RV Rentals in Paris Mountain State Park
Transportation in Paris Mountain State Park
Paris Mountain State Park is located in Greenville County, part of “Upcountry” South Carolina. Its proximity to the city of Greenville makes it easily accessible from routes 25, 29, and 276. Use caution navigating your big rig within the park, as some of the roads can be narrow and twisting.
There are six main marked parking areas that are dotted around the park. You should have no problem parking your RV, although it may get a bit crowded during the busy season.
Campgrounds and parking in Paris Mountain State Park
Campsites in Paris Mountain State Park
There are 39 paved campsites with full water and electric hookups at the Reservations campsite, 13 of which offer tent pads. Select campsites accommodate can RVs up to 40 feet, with the others accommodating up to 35 feet. The campground features wifi, modern bathroom facilities, and hot showers. Many of the sites are graded, so you may need to take measures to level your rig.
There are no first-come, first-served campsites in the park.
If you prefer to park your RV at a private campground or RV park, there are plenty of choices available in the area. These campgrounds can offer amenities such as cabins, laundry facilities, cable TV, swimming pools, and onsite activities. You can enjoy a rustic experience or a resort one, depending on the accommodations you prefer.
North Lake Trail Loop
If you are an avid backpacker, Paris Mountain State Park is a prime destination for you. For a more rustic experience, there are five hike-in trailside camping sites around the North Lake Trail Loop in the deepest area of the park. Each of these sites can accommodate two tents.
Seasonal activities in Paris Mountain State Park
Hiking & Biking
There are 15 miles of well-marked hiking and biking trails located in the park. They form 9 trails ranging from easy to strenuous. The Lake Placid Self-Interpretive Nature Trail is a great 1.2 mile hiking loop with opportunities to learn along the way. Once you park your motorhome, you can head out on the trail to enjoy scenic views of mountains and native grasses.
Pack your swimsuit in your rig, because there is a refreshing swimming area open during the summer months when you are ready to take a dip after a good hike. The swimming area is located near the Park Office and is staffed by life guards seasonally. You’ll love having fun in the sun on the beautiful waters at Paris Mountain State Park.
Pack a lunch and plan a picnic for a day out in nature. Six picnic shelters are available to rent for picnics and other group gatherings, on a first-come first-serve basis. A waterfront shelter can be found on the shores of Lake Placid, as well as several other shelters found near the start of nearby trailheads. Make sure you pack your picnic gear for a tranquil day in the great outdoors.
Paris Mountain State Park is a dream for RVers and anglers. Fish for bass, crappie, and catfish in the park’s beautiful 13-acre Lake Placid. If you’re up for a more adventurous freshwater fishing experience, hike 2 miles to North Lake (Reservoir #3) in the back of the park. This 15-acre lake is stocked with bass, bream, and catfish for fishing.
Kayaking & Canoeing
If you want to coast on the serene waters of the park you’ll love the chance to go kayaking and canoeing during your RV adventure. Get out on the water and relax in peaceful Lake Placid. Canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals are available seasonally. Private boats are not permitted in the park lake.
You won’t want to miss a stop at the Park Center, which will be fun for the whole family. The Park Center is located next to Lake Placid and is housed in the renovated stone and timber bath house of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Plan a visit to learn more about Paris Mountain with interactive exhibits about the park's history and ecology, made for all ages.
If your RV takes you to Paris Mountain State Park in the fall, don’t miss the popular and solar-powered “Music in the Woods” festival series. The Park also holds Fall Color Walks to explore the wonderfully colorful fall foliage this time of year. Fall is a beautiful time of year at Paris Mountain State Park--you won’t want to miss this.
Don’t forget to pack your binoculars and camera in your rig to get amazing views of native birds. Birders will love the birding opportunities in the park. At least 20 different species of birds inhabit the park. Keep your eye out for hawks, woodpeckers, and even owls in the evening.
Leave the trailer behind and explore the park by geocaching. Go on your own treasure hunt and use your navigation skills to find geocaches throughout the park. This is a perfect year-round activity to explore the park in a way the whole family can enjoy.
Available online is a Park Guide to the historic structures onsite. Take in the natural beauty with an appreciation for the ingenuity of Civilian Conservation Corps construction methods using local materials to build footbridges, dams, reservoirs and rustic shelters. You’ll love learning about the unique history of the park during your off-season RV stay.