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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.
Paris Mountain State Park is open 365 days a year. Park hours are 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM during Daylight Savings Time (summer), and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM during Standard Time. It's open until 9:00 PM on Tuesdays during the winter. This run may be inaccessible if it snows, but the trails at the lower elevations will most likely be open.
Need to Know
Counterclockwise, the Brissey Ridge section is technical, but mostly downhill. Kanuga 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 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 ends with a bang at the top of a hill that I call Relentless.
The Firetower/Sulphur Springs section is wider and mostly downhill, with one exception, a shallow incline that is quite sneaky, so I call it Sneak Hill. Firetower/Sulphur Springs 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.