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In the Upstate of South Carolina, its hard to find a prettier place to play outdoors than Spartanburg. From our beautiful lakes and rivers to our nature preserves and botanical gardens, Spartanburg showcases the beauty of the Piedmont. Golf in Spartanburg features lovely, green rolling hills. Sports tournaments are held in state-of-the-art facilities. Bicycling and mountain biking are part of culture. Pack your fishing rods, skateboard, horseback riding gear...you’ll need it all when you play in Spartanburg!
Want to see professional football players up close and personal? You can in Spartanburg! We host the Training Camp for the Carolina Panthers every year. You’ll not only have a chance to watch practices, but meet-and-greet the players, coaches and cheerleaders during the camp and special events. It’s fun for the whole family. Go Panthers!
If it’s professional cyclists you’d like to see, you’re in luck. The Spartanburg Regional Classic is a criterium held downtown in the spring that draws amateurs and pros as they compete in the USA CRITS Speed Week series. These cyclists are an arm’s length away as they whiz by at close to 40mph on this circular course. And this bicycling event is held right in the middle of one of the biggest parties Spartanburg throws, Spring Fling! If mountain biking is more your style, catch the Stump Jump, a qualifying race for the USAC XC Mountain Bike National Championships. You can ride the course anytime, plus a lot more miles, at Croft State Park which features rolling terrain with short steeps, twisty sections, roots, stream crossings, and lots of fast flats.
If you are coming for a sports tournament, you’ll probably be playing at our latest, state-of-the-art regional park facility. With 12 fields, a championship stadium and unmatched site amenities, Tyger River Park is South Carolina’s premier baseball and softball tournament facility. When it’s time to unwind after the game, head to one of arboretums in Spartanburg. Yes, Spartanburg has more than one! In fact, there are five. All are open to the public and each showcases a different collection of trees and shrubs.
When you want to go out for a little exercise, try a few rounds of disc golf. We have several courses to choose from, but the Va-Du-Mar Park course has been redesigned by Harold Duvall and Russell Schwartz of Innova Disc Golf Company. It is now one of the best courses in the state.
Maybe you are a little more high-tech and geocaching is your hobby. Well, take on the first geotrail to the Upstate. The Heritage Geotrail is a series of geocaches that takes participants on a historical tour of Spartanburg County while hunting that elusive cache!
When it’s time to paddle, pack your boat and head to Spartanburg. The Tame the Tyger River Race & Festival is a great event for camaraderie, but anytime of year you can explore the Class I and II rapids on the upper section of the Tyger River. The Pacolet River, just east of Spartanburg, is tree-lined and filled with wildlife like wild turkeys, turtles, great blue herons, egrets, osprey, beavers, and white tail deer. The river flows through Lake Blalock and eventually joins the Broad River. The Enoree River, which meant "river of muscadines" to the Cherokee Indians, begins in Upstate South Carolina and flows through pine and hardwood forest. Paddlers will have great opportunities to view hawks, herons, osprey, and otters.
Spartanburg is a place to play outdoors! Come join the fun.