Extremely convenient to downtown Greenville, SC, this paddle trip is scenic, however has a high probability of woody debris. Although easy in terms of skill level, portaging fallen trees can be difficult. This trip would be better suited at higher water levels.
The park is open from 8 AM to 9 PM daily. Please park in the horseshoe parking lot on Lakehurst Street, near Woodland Way. River access is located across the grass from the parking area, river-left. Parking is limited. For more information, visit www.greenvillesc.gov.
Park along Parkins Mill Road next to the power line right-of-way, 600 feet north of Mauldin Road bridge. This is the last take out before Lake Conestee. Take out under the Mauldin Road bridge and portage boats 650 feet up the Swamp Rabbit Trail to the roadside pulloff area. Though unofficial, this access is widely used. Use at your own risk.
This trip begins in downtown Greenville's popular Cleveland Park. Ending at Pelham Mill Road right next to the Swamp Rabbit Trail / Greenway, this section of the Reedy River is very close by to other recreation opportunities. Paddlers should put in near the corner of Lakehurst Street and Woodland Way; a parking area is located on Lakehurst Street adjacent to a small playground. The put in is directly across the grassy area from the parking lot (put in is not marked). After putting in, paddlers will cross under the Woodland Way bridge, then under two Swamp Rabbit Trail bridges. After the next two bridges, paddlers will float through the Riverside Golf Course - a scenic view with grassy banks. After the golf course, paddlers will exit the river at the third bridge which will be Mauldin Road. Take out under the bridge and portage boats north along the Swamp Rabbit Trail to the Parkins Mill Road roadside pull-off. Paddlers will cross under 8 bridges, and Mauldin Road is the 9th bridge. This is the last take-out before Lake Conestee Nature Park. There is no portage around the Lake Conestee Dam, and no river access at the Park. Paddlers should take out at the Mauldin Road bridge.