It’s never too early to start planning your fall foliage road trip. Make sure to add Greenville, South Carolina to your list.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,Greenville offers rural and urban opportunities to hike, bike or drive through the twists and turns of fall foliage.
Head to Jones Gap State Park for an array of hiking and biking trails, scenic waterfalls and sweeping views. Climb up to Rainbow Falls, a 140-foot waterfall, that lies deep in the heart of South Carolina’s 40,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Preserve. Hike through to Caesar’s Head State Park, connected by the Caesars Head Overlook, an outcropping above the Blue Ridge Escarpment that gives views of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
Just a short drive away, Downtown Greenville can offer some fall color of its own. Rent bikes atReedy Rides to cruise the more than 22-mile, award-winning Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Stop by Falls Park on the Reedy, an urban park in the heart of Main Street, with a series of falls and the Liberty Bridge – a 345-foot, curved bridge held in the air by a single suspension cable – the only one of its kind in the United States!
Spend the night at the Red Horse Inn; the perfect place to stop for sweeping mountain views and privacy from your very own cottage. Nearby, Hotel Domestique, a world-class boutique hotel owned by legendary cyclist George Hincapie is famous for its scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you want to opt for a downtown stay, consider AAA Four Diamond-rated The Westin Poinsett.
Grab a bite on the patio at Passerelle Bistro, located right at the entrance to the park. Underneath the iconic red umbrellas on the patio, guests can enjoy rustic contemporary dishes from Crawfish Etouffee to Mussels Marinieres prepared by Executive Chef Jenifer Rogers; surrounded by vibrant fall foliage, including the iconic beech tree with its exposed roots and effervescent yellow foliage.
(Go Magazine August 2020)