Greenville Journals

Aunt and Uncle Fun 2010

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An August 2010 trip to Greenville by vampirefan

DuPont State Forest Photo, Brevard, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: Every year for my nephew’s birthday, we take him away to spend some quality time with us. This year we took him to Greenville SC for some baseball fun.

Greenville Drive at Fluor Field

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Attraction | "Enjoying the boys of summer"

Greenville Drive at Fluor Field Photo, Greenville, South Carolina
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When John and I picked Greenville as this years trip with my nephew, we chose it since he plays baseball and given we could also add waterfall spotting to the agenda. When I told Elijah we were taking in a game, he was super excited. Unlike many of the other teams we have seen, the Greenville Drive has a relatively short history. Originally the team was the Shelby Reds in 1960. In 1983 the team moved from Shelby NC (near my hometown) to Columbia SC, where they were the Columbia Mets. In 1993 to honor the members of the Doolittle Raiders, who had their initial training Columbia, the team changed its name to the Bombers. As the Bombers they would go on to win the South Atlantic League ...Read More

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Greenville Drive at Fluor Field
945 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29605
(864) 240-4500

Falls Park on the Reedy River

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Attraction | "Paradise in downtown"

Falls Park on the Reedy River Photo, Greenville, South Carolina
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While the Liberty Bridge may be manmade, the Reedy River that runs through the park is the genuine thing. In 1773, shortly after settling into the area, Richard Peris purchased 10 acres from the native Cherokee tribe. Later he would operate a Grist Mill on the Upper Falls. Then in 1852 Furman Institute (now Furman University) set up and operated 3 textile mills and a cotton warehouse, They would run the operation until the 1900’s. After years of neglect and polluting the river, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club set about to the restore the area. In 1967 the club purchased 26 acres with the intention of turning into a public park. Over the next 40 years the club along with the city a...Read More

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Falls Park on the Reedy River
615 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
(864) 467-4350

Greenville Zoo

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Attraction | "Whole Lotta Cute in One Spot"

Greenville Zoo Photo, Greenville, South Carolina
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For 50 years now locales and visitors have been enjoying the cute critters that call the Greenville Zoo home. The zoo covers 14 acres with hundreds of (mainly) cute critters of varying species. The big animals here include a couple of giraffes, elephants, a beautiful leopard, and a lion and his mate. Neither of which cared to pose for pictures so at least when I was here you got a butt shot. They have numerous birds including a Toucan, which is my nephew’s favorite. My favorite, the flamingos, have a spacious place to roam and wade. Near them you will find crocodiles and huge snapping turtles. My nephew’s favorite was the reptiles building. Here guests (mainly the male guests) ...Read More

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Greenville Zoo
150 Cleveland Park Drive
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
(864) 467-4300

Caesars Head State Park

Attraction | "Beauty that seems like a world away. "

Caesars Head State Park Photo, Greenville, South Carolina
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Just about 30 minutes outside of Greenville you will find yourself almost a million miles away from the urban area. You will find yourself in the beauty in the SC Upstate. There are several parks within the area. Our original destination was Cesar Head State Park. My nephew now loves waterfalls and really wanted to see some and we knew there were several waterfalls within the park. We arrived at the park’s ranger station. When we finally got squeezed into one of the few parking spaces to be found with all the construction going on. We ran up to the restrooms before hitting the trail. I go look at the information board to try to find a trail map. There is a large one, but not small on...Read More

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Caesars Head State Park
8155 Geer HWY
Greenville, South Carolina
(864) 836-6115

DuPont State Forest

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Attraction | "Triple the beauty"

DuPont State Forest Photo, Brevard, North Carolina
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Just across the road from Hooker Falls you will find the equally and stunning Triple Falls, While it is a little more of a hike than Hooker Falls, it is still a fairly easy hike. The water here also comes from The Little River and gets it start from the French Broad River It sits at an elevation of 2360 feet. And the falls is one of 6 found within the DuPont State Forest near Brevard. Back in the 1890’s it was known as Rags Falls. But one look and you will see why it is known as Triple Falls. The three falls combines have a height of about 100 feet. The first 2 falls have heights of about 25 feet while the third is 45 feet. The movie also has an appearance in Last of the Mohicans...Read More

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DuPont State Forest
High Falls Access, 1300 Staton Road
Cedar Mountain, NC
(828) 877-6527

DuPont State Forest

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Attraction | "No charge for this hooker. "

DuPont State Forest Photo, Brevard, North Carolina
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There are a total of 6 waterfalls within the environs of the DuPont Forest. Of all the trails this has to be the easiest. It even has port-a-pottie and accessible trail. Meaning the whole family can come out and enjoy it. The Falls were named for Edmund Hooker, who had a mill near the falls in the 1800’s. At the time, the falls were known as Mill Shoals. The falls come from The Little River and starts with the French Broad River. It sits at an elevation of 2200 feet. The waterfall is self is only 14 foot high but it is about as wide as it is high. While it may not be very high, it is very impressive. The falls tumble into a shallow pool that is perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. W...Read More

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DuPont State Forest
High Falls Access, 1300 Staton Road
Cedar Mountain, NC
(828) 877-6527

Gabrielle-Austin House

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Attraction | "Some Frank in SC"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Anyone who has read some of my previous journals knows I am a huge admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright. So I knew there was a house in Greenville, and I wasn’t about to leave without at least a looksie at the home. The home was built in 1955 for Charlcey and Gabrielle Austin who were both librarians at the local library. Both were unhappy with their apartment and wanted a home that included 3 bedrooms, space for their maid, and a porch with a $20,000 budget. I assume some of their money came from their father, William, who owned the Morgan-Austin Company (a building materials company). The future home owners first contacted Frank on August 12, 1950. Their previous abode was a mere 10...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2010