Yesterday Brian and I took an impromptu day-trip to Greenville, South Carolina. We were in the mood for something different and it’s so fun to explore this side of the country and see what each state and city has to offer. Greenville is only a few hours from where we live, so the trip was quick and dirty. The drive there was gorgeous as every road-trip we’ve done so far has been. There were trees galore that changed from the full deciduous trees of North Carolina to the evergreens and ferns of South Carolina (though they have an abundance of deciduous trees as well).
We really wanted to see a park because we’re obsessed with nature and were deprived of greenery for 3 years in Phoenix. We did some research and decided to stop by Falls Park on the Reedy. Falls Park on the Reedy is a gorgeous and enormous park in the heart of downtown Greenville. It sits along the banks of the Reedy River and connects to the 21 mile lush and stunning Swamp Rabbit Trail. There are restaurants and points of interest all along the banks of the river just past the Swamp Rabbit Trail. There was a beautiful open air red brick pavilion (Wyche Pavilion) that could be rented for weddings etc. I loved the way the building added to the view.
We had so much fun taking a walk along the trail with Cashew. We sat on the swinging benches alongside the river, overlooking the falls, we animal watched, and we just admired the views surrounding us on every side. The best part was when Brian repeatedly was attacked by a tiny bird. It dove at and bit his back at least three times hahahaha. It was THE best. I won’t lie I screamed once when I got between Brian and the bird and it got a tad too close to biting me. We also had a stand-off with a family of geese. They decided a portion of the trail was theirs for the day, there were four of them, 2 parents and 2 babies. They were guarding both the trail and their children, hissing at us aggressively and lunging. Before that happened they were beautifully enjoying the day by the water. Nature, how fascinating.
The actual falls at the park were breathtaking. They weren’t high, but the sound and ambiance they created, in the middle of the city, were unmatched by anything we’ve seen in an urban setting.
The flowers throughout the park and along the trail were gorgeous. They had tulips, and these beautiful flowers I’d never seen before. They reminded me of a watercolor painting. The colors blended together and changed so much within the same plant. Pastel blues melted into yellows, purples, and whites. Perfection.
They really used all the space within the park well. The underpass of one of the beautiful bridges they have in Falls Park, has the cutest dining table set up, where you feel like you’ve found a secret and romantic spot in this very public space. Even though it was under a bridge, it was still very charming.
Falls Park also has several unique elements, some historical. Like this plane that was used during the Vietnam War. Surrounding the plane were information plaques, telling you all about both the pilot, and the plane itself. Very cool. I also loved these two special elements. The Greenville “g” and this spray painted and overgrown…I want to say water tower, but I don’t honestly know what it is. I also adored these sculptural butterflies on a building near the entrance to the park.
If you’re ever in the area, and looking for a picnic spot, a place to grab lunch by the river, or just somewhere fun to run or hang out and read. I definitely recommend Falls Park on the Reedy.