Foothills Trail

The Foothills Trail is one of South Carolina's long distance trails, meaning that it takes more than one day to walk from one end to the other. The trail is 76 miles long, starting at Oconee State Park and ending at Table Rock State Park.

Several miles of the trail hug the north side of Lake Jocassee. It also follows several rivers and streams including the Whitewater and Chatooga Rivers.  The Toxaway river dumps into Lake Jocassee at one junction and both Whitewater Falls (the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi) and Laurel Fork Falls (as well as several smaller waterfalls) can be reached via the trail. 

Maps and guidebook can be found here

These folks have a nice trail journal of their through hike of the trip. 

Bridge over Whitewater River.

Virginia Hawkins Falls

Suspension bridge over Toxaway River

Toxaway River just before it meets
 Lake Jocassee

View of Lake Jocassee.
Lower Whitewater Falls
Laure Fork Fal

Urban Farm Tour

This looks interesting:

Greenville Urban Farm Tour
Saturday May 7, 9 am - 5 pm

Come see fantastic examples of how city residents are practicing sustainability by growing their own food and implementing energy efficiency.
The self-guided tour will showcase urban farms, edible gardens and energy efficiency located within 10 miles from downtown Greenville.
Rain or Shine!
Over 25 sites to visit and learn about:
  • vegetable and herb gardens
  • water catchment
  • backyard chickens
  • beekeeping
  • composting
  • alternative energy
  •  vermiculture
  • community and school gardens
Plus Complimentary Workshops 
Buy tickets in advance!
Redeem your ticket and tour map, select your route, start and end time and visit as many sites as you wish.
 See you on the tour!

Greenville Development

Now that the economy is picking up, it's nice to see a lot of new things developing around town. New side walks are being installed as part of the city's promise to have a sidewalk on every street. The city has recently added a new foot bridge in Cleveland Park so that it's no longer necessary to cross McDaniel to get from Falls Park to Cleveland. They've widened the walking paths, fortified the river banks and upgraded fences and landscaping.

Downtown there are three lots that have been empty for years that now have major construction occurring. Here, here and here.

The Kroc Center is well underway, here.

A 10 million dollar project has been approved for the Piazzo Bergamo Plaza and adjacent lot.

The Swamp Rabbit Trail continues to expand, the latest proposal being an extension to run through Pleasant Ridge Park, where it has just been announced that a new zip line will be installed. Swamp Rabbit Master Plan

Church Street in the future?
It also appears that the city has finally started construction of the Haynie-Sirrine master plan, which is a long overdue update to one of the entrances to the city.

A couple of new sports bars have opened downtown. One, that I can't remember the name of is located across the street from The Corner Pocket. The other, The Carolina Ale House, located on Main, has a really nice upstairs section with large glass windows and a ceiling that is removed when the whether is nice so the dining area becomes roof top seating. The Nose Dive, a gastropub, has just opened across from The Ale House.

One block north, there is a sign for a new place called The Art Bar which is to open soon. On the back side of that building The Beer Exchange recently opened which offers every beer imaginable for take out. What I'm most excited about though is the opening of The Trappe Door, a Belgian bar and restaurant opening in the basement of the Barley's building, which should be opened any day now.

Next I think Smiley's Acoustic Cafe needs to expand into the empty building beside it and install a large deck out back where they offer live music daily throughout the warmer months. Smiley's if you're reading this, if you build it we will come.