There are tons of things to do and see in the Upcountry. Here are some ideas to get you started.
OK, maybe it's not 1,001 things, but it’s a lot. And why take time to count the number of things to do? Instead begin planning your next trip to the Upcountry! And if there is something that you enjoying doing in the Upcountry that's not on our list, send it to us and we'll add it. With your help, we'll get to 1,001 things – maybe more!
Take a hike at Paris Mountain State Park
"This gorgeous, 2,000 foot mountain is one of the best natural resources in the Greenville. The park has a lake, picnic areas, campsites, and hiking/mountain biking trails. The park sponsors events for children such as nature walks, crafts and forest ecology programs."
Step right up for a Chili Cheese A-Plenty!
"The Beacon Drive-In is one of the few drive-in restaurant legends remaining that offers curb service. Cruise on in and let one of the friendly curb hops take care of your order. Oh, yeah, they sell more tea than any other single restaurant in the U.S.A.!"
See cornmeal being made at Suber's Mill
"This corn mill in Greer, built in 1908, still grinds corn using waterpower. Call 864-877-5616 to check schedule. "
Get close to the river at Reedy River Falls Historic Park
"This park, Greenville's second largest, connects to Cleveland Park and provides an oasis even nearer to the downtown business district. This restored and refurbished park features scenic overlooks, a tremendous suspension bridge, nature trails, picnic areas, landscaped garden areas, and of course the beautiful Reedy River with its impressive series of falls. The park has a self-guided walking tour with historic markers. "
Enjoy new and established works of the modern theater repertoire.
"Centre Stage is a year-round, 285-seat regional theater offering a wide range of entertainment within easy walking distance of historic Falls Park and the many shops and restaurants that line downtown Greenville's Main Street corridor."
Learn about life on the frontier at Walnut Grove Plantation
"This historic site portrays living conditions in Spartanburg County prior to 1805. The site contains a manor house and also includes a blacksmith's forge, a wheat house, a smoke house, a barn sheltering a Conestoga wagon, and a well house."
"Visit a Fish Hatchery that produces approximately 500,000 trout for stocking the public waters of South Carolina."
"The Walhalla State Fish Hatchery raises brown, brook and rainbow trout. Most of the trout are cultured to a catchable size of 9-12 before they are released. Approximately 500,000 trout are produced and stocked annually. Very large trout (5-15 pounds) are also kept at the Hatchery on display for the public viewing enjoyment."
Visit an Upcountry plantation built during the Revolutionary War.
"Home of Vice President and US Senator John C. Calhoun; later home of his daughter Anna and her husband, Thomas G. Clemson. The property and estate later became the beginnings of Clemson University."
Explore Stumphouse Tunnel.
The temperature is around 50 degrees and the humidity is about 85 percent year-round. This tunnel represents an interesting piece of railroad history.
Feed the ducks at Furman University
A 2.5 mile paved trail loops around Furman's picturesque lake where swans and eager ducks will take bread from your hand. The Tower Café at the student union serves coffee and other drinks.
"3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC, 29613 "
Hike to the highest point in South Carolina.
"Sassafras Mountain is the highpoint of South Carolina. From the top you can view 6,000' + mountains in the distance. "
"It's Intense, Intimate and Unexpected. It's the Warehouse Theatre."
At The Warehouse you can see the sort of theatre you can't see anywhere else in South Carolina's Upstate region...from re-envisioned classics and intense plays everyone knows to some of the most cutting edge new works you can buy tickets to.
That's a big peach...take a picture.
"The best known, most photographed water tank in the US is painted to match the kind of peaches grown here. Stop by on the way to/from King's Mountain and Cowpens National Battlefield or after shopping at Prime Outlets."
Interstate 85 near Gaffney
Visit Happy Cow Creamery & see where the ice cream comes from
"A small family dairy farm that produces and processes its delicious milk on the premises. Their store also sells ice cream, cheese, range-free chickens, eggs, butter, and local honey. Visit the cows on your own or take a (pre-scheduled) tour of the farm, including a demo of the milking process. Call 864-243-9699 "
18 miles south of Greenville off Hwy 25 in Pelzer.
Learn why we don't speak with a British accent
Cowpens National Battlefield is home of a major battle during the American Revolution. Visit this site to find out more about the battle and how it changed the course of history...and...why it is called Cowpens.
Ride George the miniature Train
"The well-informed, perky ticket-taker is just one reason this train ride will make you giggle. There is something about the speedy little engine's horn and the wind in your hair that makes this ride worthwhile. "
"The mini train operates at The Pavilion , 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors, S.C. 29687 "
See great local talent on stage.
Check out the season for Greenville's Little Theatre for crowd pleasing classic plays and musicals.
Visit the location of the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
"The battle of Kings Mountain lasted about one hour. Americans lost 28, Loyalists lost 225 and 716 were captured. Thomas Jefferson called it The turn of the tide of success. "
Enjoy some icecream and help a student.
"This is a student run enterprise that manufactures, sells and serves Clemson's world famous ice cream and other products like blue cheese, eggs, music CDs, etc. All revenues generated through this student led entrepreneurial center go to support Clemson students and their academic training."
Spend some time in Cleveland Park
"This large and diverse park was created in 1928 after the Cleveland family donated to the city of Greenville 126 acres of land along the Reedy River near downtown. The park features tennis and volleyball courts, softball fields, playground areas, a fitness trail, and both small-group and large-group picnic shelters. In addition, Cleveland Park is the site of the Rock Quarry Garden, the Fernwood Nature Trail, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Greenville Zoo."
Explore the South Carolina Botanical Garden
"The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. The SC Botanical Garden is home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, miles of nature trails and streams, a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow, fern and bog gardens and over 400 varieties of camellias. Don't miss the nature-based sculpture collection. "
"150 Discovery Lane (if using a GPS device, you may need to use the address 102 Garden Trail) Clemson, SC 29634-0174"
See the last replica of French Huguenot design in the country.
"The Hanover House, a 225-year old Lowcountry house, was saved from destruction and given a new lease on life as an historic museum in Clemson. "
Taste the local flavor at the State Farmers Market
"Locallygrown, nutritious fruits and vegetables, fresh plants and flowers as well as other farm products will be found here. Surrounding counties in South Carolina, North Carolina and Northeast Georgia contribute some of their freshest and best to the variety offered at the Greenville Market."
"1354 Rutherford Rd., Greenville, SC 29609"
Ice Skating at The Pavilion
"With lots of open skate hours and lessons available for young kids, ice skating is a fun and inexpensive activity. In addition to ice skating, The Pavilion offers an inline rink, meeting facilities, and game room - and this is just the beginning! The 16 acre Pavilion outdoor park features the Brushy Creek & Southern children's miniature railroad, playground, soccer fields and tennis courts. "
"The Pavilion , 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors, SC 29687 "
See what's playing at one of the finest performing arts venues in the Southeast.
"The Peace Center is a 2,100-seat concert hall presents the world's finest performers."
Watch a big show at the Bi-Lo Center
"This premier facility offers performances that range from rock, pop, rap and classical concerts to ice shows and basketball."
Shop name brands at outlet prices.
"Prime Outlets of Gaffney offers over 70 designer and brand-name outlets include Polo, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Ann Taylor, Nike and Brooks Brothers."
Do some serious shopping at Westgate Mall
"With 5 department stores, 120 shops, 17 places to eat, and 8 movie theater screens, there is lots to do at Westgate Mall in Spartanburg! "
Visit two of the largest Upcountry plantation houses now kept as house museums.
"These two (c.1830) large clapboard mansions, built as summer residences, are restored and authentically furnished."
Watch a Krispy Kreme Doughnut being made then grab a hot one
Watch gooey doughnuts roll off the assembly line right at the store in Spartanburg and Greenville. A Southeastern favorite!
Take advantage of one of the country's best whitewater rafting experiences.
"Wildwater Ltd. offers guided rafting trips on Chattooga River sections III and IV, mini trips and overnighters that afford exciting whitewater action."
Catch a show at one of the State's largest venues
"Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium brings the best entertainment home with acts such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jeff Foxworthy, Broadway theater, Dave Matthews Band and Faith Hill, Miss SC Pageants, childrens' shows, David Copperfield and much more! "
Are you the next Jack Nicklaus? Prove it.
"There are many golf courses to choose from. The Upcountry has many options for the golfer, from driving ranges to world-class courses."
Learn about nuclear fission at Duke Energy's World of Energy
"On Lake Keowee, the facility offers an audiovisual tour with animated displays, computer games and a nature trail."
Meet the goats that make the cheese.
"A goat dairy and cheese processing farm with 350 goats, farm shops, goat milk products and folk art for sale."
"Learn about history, get hands-on with science and see a show all in the same place."
"The Chapman Cultural Center offers interactive science exhibits, art and dance, a theater, local and regional art and history displays."
Take in an exhibit at the Anderson Arts Center
"This art gallery exhibits permanent and rotating collections. Stop by their gift shop for original, handmade collectables."
Explore the outdoors in a State Park
"Visit this site to discover the numerous state parks in the area. Hiking, camping, picnicking and beautiful South Carolina await you."
See & Pet the stars at Hollywild Animal Park
"An animal park with a safari ride, picnic area, and hand feeding galore. Animals include Emus, hyenas, wolves, cougars, elephants, bison, zebra and much more. Don't skip the outback safari where you feed the free-roaming animals from an open air bus. 1-877-hollywild"
Let the kids drive...a go-kart. Or school them in mini-golf.
"Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Amusement Rides, Laser Tag, Batting Cages and an Arcade more than 100 arcade games will fill up an afternoon."
Check out a fort on the western frontier (c.1792)
"Oconee Station, a stone fort, and William Richards House, a trading post, are on this park's site. there's a fishing pond and 1.5-mile nature trail, the latter connecting to a half-mile trail that leads into Sumter National Forest and ends at Station Cove Falls, a 60-foot waterfall that's considered one of the prettiest in the state."
Find the Mice on Main in downtown Greenville
"Based on the popular book, Goodnight Moon, a bronze sculpture of the book and mouse are mounted on the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency on Main Street. Eight other mice are installed along a nine-block stretch of Main Street between College and Court Streets. The goal is to find all those mice! A hint sheet is available at the visitor's center at 206 S. Main St. for those who need a little help. A fun activity of discovery for both kids and adults (and a great way to do some window shopping while your kids are looking for mice)."
"206 S. Main St., Greenville"
Spend some time at the Greenville Zoo
Over 250 residents from habitats all over the world live in this facility. Don't miss the reptile building.
Get wet and wild with whitewater rafting.
"Nantahala Outdoor Center offers white water rafting trips on seven of the Southeast's best rivers. You'll also find adventure-learning programs for groups of all types, ropes course climbing, flat water lake kayaking, fly fishing and hiking."
Visit an 1845 gristmill.
"Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, with a 20 ft. overshot wooden waterwheel, is one of the oldest mills still producing grain products in SC. "
Check out the stars at the Roper Mountain Science Center Planetarium every Friday night
Check out the stars at the Roper Mountain Science Center Planetarium every Friday night
Discover nature in the middle of the city.
"Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is a 10-acre public garden featuring ponds, walking trails, perennials, shrubs, mixed hardwoods and a diverse wildlife population. Open daily with no admission fee."
Immerse yourself in Italian paintings of the Old Masters.
"Recognized as one of America's finest collections of Italian paintings, The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is praised for its thorough presentation of the development of Western culture through paintings of the Old Masters. Works by major artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo."
Visit Campbell's Covered Bridge
"Built in 1909 and the state's only remaining covered bridge, this well-preserved piece of history crosses a quiet stream."
Take in the exhibits at The Greenville County Museum of Art
"Discover works by Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns, plus The Southern Collection, a survey of American art with a Southern accent."