Marie McAden



Glendale Shoals is more than just a scenic spot

Posted 2/2/2014 4:11:00 PM

It’s easy to see how visitors to Glendale Shoals Preserve would be satisfied just to sit and enjoy the view of Lawson’s Fork Creek, the centerpiece of the 13-acre Spartanburg County park. It’s mesmerizing to watch the water cascade like a fountain over the ledge of the dam and tumble among jumbles of boulders scattered shore to shore.

But it’s much more fun to hopscotch across the rocks and put yourself in the middle of the action. With just a little dexterity, you can navigate your way right up to most of the rapids. Near the dam, the rock outcroppings are so wide and flat, you can walk within a few feet of the waterfall.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there’s a shady walking trail that runs along the north bank of the creek. Visitors to the preserve also are welcome to stroll among the remains of the historic Bivingsville Cotton Factory, Spartanburg’s first large textile mill.

Dr. James Bivings built the plant in the 1830s and pioneered the concept of the mill village in the Upcountry. For nearly 130 years, the mill served as the life blood of the community of Glendale. It was destroyed by fire in 2004. The ruins include a portion of the foundation, several brick towers and the historic Glendale steel bridge.

The site also features an amphitheater and a garden tended by Wofford College’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. For more information and directions to Glendale Shoals Preserve, click here