This is one of a series of trail races at Paris Mountain State Park. Race organizers describe this as a “moderate trail race with few hills.” I recall hearing this one described in the past as a perfect first trail race. And like all of these Paris Mountain Trail Races, it doesn’t cost much.
From the race organizers:
Directions: Start at park entrance; Right at Mountain Creek; Left on Sulphur Springs; Right at Pavilion and back to Park Road; Left on Park Road; Right into Archery Range; Right onto Sulphur Springs; Continue on Mountain Creek; Finish at Ranger Station pavilion.
Race Starts at: 8 am (packet pick up and race day registration from 7 – 7:45 am) $12.50 postmarked by 7/27/12; $16 postmarked after 7/27/12; $20 Race Day
A little more background on Paris Mountain State Park:
Paris Mountain State Park’s roots date as far back as the Great Depression, when it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This heritage can still be seen in the preserved stone and timber outside of the renovated bathhouse, now known as the Park Center. Inside, the center features historical exhibits and a classroom to teach young and old about the park’s ecology.
Paris Mountain is located in the rapidly-developing city of Greenville, South Carolina, and although the park was once a rural retreat, bikers, hikers and those attending Camp Buckhorn now keep the park bustling year round. Paved camping sites are available, 13 of which offer tent pads, and five trailside campsites around the North Lake Trail Loop.
Driving Directions :
From I-385: Take exit #40 onto N. Pleasantburg Rd (Hwy 291) for approximately 4 mi. Take a rt on Piney Mountain Rd. Go to the 1st light and turn rt. Park is 2 mi. ahead on the left.
From Asheville: Take Hwy 25 towards Greenville. Turn left onto State Park Rd in Travelers Rest. Drive 8 mi (road will change names to East Mountain Creek). Take a ri onto State Park Rd., entrance .8 miles on left.