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Paris Mountain State Park is open 365 days a year. This hike may be inaccessible if it snows, but the trails at the lower elevations will most likely be open.
This trail is located at Paris Mountain State Park. It's a beautiful, high volume park. Its trails are very well traveled by hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Even though it is only minutes from downtown Greenville, it feels remote.
Need to Know
There is a fee to enter the park.
Counterclockwise, the Brissy Ridge Trail
section is technical, but mostly downhill. Kanuga Trail
is less technical, but mostly uphill. A short climb near the end of the first mile is especially tough. This hill is recognizable by the the spring on the left at the top. The water from the spring crosses the trail, and the ground is perpetually wet for about 10 feet. Then, it's more up and up. This section of Kanuga Trail
is a favorite for the mountain bikers going clockwise. They go fast, so be alert. Usually, you'll be able to hear them before you see them. Kanuga Trail
ends with a bang at the top of a hill that I call Relentless.
The Fire Tower Trail
section is wider and mostly downhill, with one exception, a shallow incline that is quite sneaky, so I call it Sneak Hill. Fire Tower Trail
is also deceptively technical in some parts as well, but overall it's a huge relief from the Kanuga grind and the concentration needed on Brissey Ridge. It's a fun section.
As I mentioned before, watch out for mountain bikes Sunday through Friday. The occasional blind curve, especially with the summer foliage, makes it nearly impossible to see a fast moving bike.
Flora & Fauna
Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and various wildflowers. Squirrels, birds, turtles, snakes, salamanders, and lizards.