Paris Mountain State Park – Greenville, South Carolina
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Located just a few miles north of Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park was established in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The land was originally used by the Greenville Water System as the site of its first reservoir built in 1890. The dam is still there and so is the old valve house shown in the photo below.
Paris Mountain State Park is listed in the National Register:
Paris Mountain is significant for its association with the establishment and development of a system of state parks in South Carolina. As one of sixteen state parks constructed in the state by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Paris Mountain is expressive of the conservation, recreation, and design ethic of the early twentieth century state parks movement. Specifically, Paris Mountain is significant for its association with early utilitarian conservation efforts in South Carolina before the 1930s, and the establishment of local recreational parks during the Great Depression.
Paris Mountain also reflects the rustic style of park architecture and landscape design. Buildings and structures in the park were built using local materials, such as rubble stone and rough hewn logs, in a manner that harmonized with the natural environment. The CCC structures are grouped into three main areas, all surrounding or close to lakes. The most concentrated development occurs along the south side of Lake Placid. This section of the park includes picnic spots, the bathhouse, swimming area, amphitheater, athletic field, and park administrative buildings. The area around Sulphur Springs and Mountain Lake includes trails, picnic areas, and the archery range. Hidden deep within the park is the Buckhorn organized group camp, which consists of a lodge and camper cabins. All of these areas are joined by park roads, which serve to unify the overall park design.
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Address: 2401 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609
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