Reedy River Park and the Greenville Zoo
Posted by eemilla on November 3, 2012
I’ve wanted to visit the Falls Park in Greenville for a while after hearing so much about it from various friends over the years so I talked my mom into joining LB and I for a day trip a few months back. I was surprised to learn that the trail is over seventeen miles long connecting Travelers Rest to Furman to downtown Greenville to Greenville Tech. It makes me really sad that Asheville and Buncombe County cannot get their acts together and create some substantive greenways, especially when so much of our economy is based on tourism and enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds us. Also what a better way to move away from fossil fuels than to have pleasant walking and biking trails and paths. My husband and I live less than two miles from our jobs, but the commute would be neither pleasant nor safe as it involves a five lane highway for at least a quarter of the route.
We arrived around mid morning so there were still a number of joggers and cyclists getting their exercise in for the day. Shops along the trail were just opening, and no one was playing in the water feature.
The pathway took us on a small bridge across the river before we arrived at the iconic Liberty Bridge.
The gardens were pretty with lots of lawn for picnics or benches for relaxing
We ambled along the trail by the river chatting, and when I saw that the Greenville Zoo was only a mile or two away I convinced my mom we should go.
We stopped seeing the zoo on the informational signs along the trail so we ended up making a huge loop around it (which meant we walked around Cleveland Park and on the Eagle Trail). However, there wasn’t a line to enter the zoo, and the admission was the same as the WNC Nature Center; I could have gotten free admission as the zoo is a reciprocal facility with the Nature Center. The zoo was small and easy to see in an hour or less although we skipped the flamingos, alligator, farm animals, and the playground.
By this time everyone was tired and hungry so we made our back, and after we had returned to downtown LB was more than ready to be off my sweaty back which led us to eat at a smoothie bar because it was quick and filled with people in workout attire. It was relatively cheap and served decent food, but it I doubt I would go back unless urged by convenience.