Explore Greenville's Cleveland Park

By:Marie McAden

Date:6/17/2011

A half-mile downriver of Falls Park in Greenville is another spectacular outdoor attraction —the 122-acre​ Cleveland Park.

Considered by residents to be “The City Park,” it features six lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, a lighted softball field, four playgrounds, a 16-station fitness trail, a nature trail, eight picnic shelters, a dog park, a full-scale zoo and plenty of open spaces to toss around a Frisbee or football. Asphalt pathways link all the amenities together.

With so many recreational options, this park gets plenty of use — even on weekdays. My husband and I rode our bikes through the park on a recent Monday afternoon and were astounded by the number of people playing outdoors.

It was like a slice of Americana. There were mothers pushing strollers, couples walking dogs, teenagers playing softball and kids climbing all over the jungle gyms. In the Rock Quarry Garden, a young couple had spread out a blanket and was enjoying a picnic lunch next to the waterfall.

The Reedy River runs along the length of the park, creating a picturesque setting for all of the recreational activities. A .6-mile trail links Cleveland Park to Falls Park and historic downtown Gree​nville. The trail system also connects to Linky Stone Park and the interactive Children's​ Garden.

One of my favorite sections of Cleveland Park is the Rock Quarry Garden, a peaceful refuge from the more active areas of the recreational center. Once the site of a pre-Civil War granite quarry, it has been transformed into an outdoor oasis with rock ledges, a waterfall and beautiful flowering plants.

At the other end of the park is the Fernwood Nature Trail, another quiet area to enjoy nature. As you walk along the one-mile loop trail through the hardwood forest, it’s easy to forget you’re in the center of a bustling city.

But the big draw here is unquestionably the Greenvil​le Zoo, featuring all the usual suspects — giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises, elephants, lions, alligators, reptiles and three young Amur leopards.

Want to learn more about Cleveland Park? Cli​ck here to download a brochure or call (864) 467-4350.

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