“As your walk unfolds, step by surprising step, that you begin to realize where you've arrived: in a peaceful garden in the middle of the city. Amazing how Spartanburg’s Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve makes visitors feel like they’ve made their own secret discovery.” Explore this botanical garden and four other arboretums in Spartanburg. Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/thegardensofspartanburg
If you want to be more active, there is the Mary Black Rail Trail,which is great for walking, running and bicycling. Bikes are available for rent from the BCycle station at the trail head. The Rail Trail also passes by the City's dog park, so Fido can have some fun, too! If you brought your own bikes, you can get in the dirt at Duncan Park, with over 5 miles of loop riding in the city limits, or at Croft State Park, a mecca for mountain bikers. If road riding is your style, pick up maps (with turn by turn directions) at the local bike shops. Maps at the bottom of this page: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/See-and-do/cycling.htm
The Cottonwood Trail, is an exquisite sanctuary nestled in the heart of Spartanburg’s east side. For those with a passion for active living, the three miles of trails provide ample space for running, walking and cycling. Bird and animal watchers are certain to encounter a variety of wildlife on any excursion. And to anyone who simply wishes to have a moment of tranquility removed from the rush of city life, the trail offers a perfect refuge. Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/thecottonwoodtrail
Get into the stadium. “Attending a baseball game at historic Duncan Park stadium is a great evening activity for locals and visitors alike. Baseball has a big history in this town, from the hyper competitive textile league ball teams of the early 20th century to the thousands of young players who now visit Tyger River Park annually.” Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/anightatbeautifulduncanparkstadium
Tyger River Park is South Carolina’s premier baseball and softball tournament facility with 12 fields, a championship stadium and unmatched amenities. The older kids may be there for tournament playas Tyger River hosts ASA and NSA softball, and USSSA baseball but the whole family will find plenty to do. There’s a playground, disc golf course, picnic shelters, concessions stands and an observation tower to check out all the action.
Croft State Park is a big park with lots to do. A green retreat in the heart of fast growing Spartanburg County, the park offers more than 17 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in two lakes, including 165acre Lake Craig. Read more: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/spartanburg_charm/ifyouveneverbeentocroftstatepark
If being on the water is what you are after, Spartanburg has lots of choices. Paddle our blueways. “On this 50mile stretch of waterway, one can experience both the pleasures of a slow moving, scenic paddle and the adrenaline rush of whitewater.” Read more: http://discoversouthcarolina.com/articles/pacoletbluewayoffersfunforeverylevelofpaddler
Pick up waterproof maps of The Pacolet and Lawson’s Fork Blueway Map and the Tyger River Blueway Map at Upstate Forever’s Spartanburg office, local bookstores, and local outdoor outfitters.
Want to go fishing? Lake Bowen, the largest lake in Spartanburg, is an excellent spot for large mouth bass and brim. The Pacolet River near where it meets Lake Bowen is full of bass and brim that can be caught from the shore.
Croft State Park is prime territory for bass, brim, and catfish. Since it is a State Park, you can rent a boat or bring your own. There’s plenty of fishing from shore, too.
The Tyger and Pacolet, are excellent places to fly fish. While too far east for trout, you’ll find brim and bass. Head to the Tyger-10 Park and Nature Center for great access tot he river. Here are some other places you may want to try: http://www.visitspartanburg.com/Seeanddo/sportsfishing.html or here: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/lakesnearspartanburgsouthcarolina51508.html
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