Just south of Downtown Greenville, SC, the suburb of Powdersville keeps its Southern charm in spite of being near the city's major transportation corridors. Powdersville has a branch of the canine-friendly Coyote Coffee Cafe and is also home to the lovely Dolly Cooper Park. This nature preserve was closed in 2016 due to a budget shortfall but has now reopened to provide local access to the walking trails and meadows along the Saluda River.
Downtown Greenville is just a few miles away, and the dog-friendly Main Street shopping hub is begging for your visit. The wide, shady sidewalks lead you past a variety of local businesses, and many boutiques welcome your dogs to join you for some browsing. The restaurant patios lining Main Street are also a doggy hot spot: you’ll make several new furry friends just browsing the menus available for outdoor dining. Best of all is Falls Park, a dog-friendly retreat in the middle of everything. With its soaring suspension bridge and natural waterfall, Falls Park has helped make Greenville one of the South’s up-and-coming cities.
Fitness-minded dogs can catch the Swamp Rabbit Trail at the trailhead in Falls Park or at many other access points that dot the Greenville metro area. More than 20 miles long, this converted rail line is now one of the region’s most pawpular spots for hiking, biking, and walking your best friends. You can download a trail map from the Greenville County website or get the interactive app to make the most of your visit.
Powdersville is lucky to have three dog parks within a 30-minute drive, and the closest is in the dog-loving town of Easley. The Bark Park in Hagood Park is just 9 miles from Powdersville, and well worth the trip. Not only does the park have small and large dog enclosures, but it also has running water and agility obstacles for your furry fitness needs. Easley also has 10 dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, and what dog could be grouchy after he gets a sniff of the meat and cheese at Groucho’s Deli? There is even dog-friendly outdoor shopping at the Easley Flea Market (fleas not required).
Cleveland Park is 122 acres of woods, trails, and athletic fields along the Reedy River, ready to meet all your frolicking needs. Only 10 miles from Powdersville, it is one of Greenville’s most established and beautiful parks. The fitness trail has 16 (human) exercise installations, so you can get in a good workout even when you’re walking with short-legged friends. The nature trail winds through some of the city’s best scenery. Since Cleveland Park is also home to the Greenville Zoo, your pups will probably catch some fascinating and exotic scents wafting by. To extend your visit, consider taking the connecting trail to Falls Park and Downtown. Or, just take a stroll through the well-kept neighborhood of Nicholtown and enjoy the sidewalks, mid-century homes, and colorful gardens.
The Conestee Dog Park is 10 miles from Powdersville, and the regulars love the clean, comfortable play areas with a separate space for small dogs and some fun agility climbing equipment. Small children aren’t allowed inside the enclosures, so plan accordingly. Lake Conestee Nature Park is adjacent to the dog park and gives you 400 acres of lakefront scenery and wetlands to explore on the network of peaceful trails. Note that pups must stay on-leash and aren’t allowed to swim in the lake or wetlands. If you work up an appetite, you can stop by one of several dog-friendly restaurants in adjacent Mauldin. The hip Mexican menu and dog-loving staff at Chicora Alley are a pawticular favorite.
One of metro Greenville’s loveliest spots is Paris Mountain State Park, 14 miles from Powdersville and just north of downtown. With 15 miles of trails to discover, Paris Mountain will wear out even your most energetic companions. The Lake Placid Loop Trail is just 0.75 miles and as peaceful as the name implies, and the easy half-mile Turtle Trail invites you to take things slow. But, your pack can take on a bigger challenge on the 3.6-mile moderate Sulpher Springs Trail. With four lakes inside the park, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to canoe, swim, or just splash around with your buddies. Bring a towel!
At 18 miles from Powdersville, the Pelham Mill Dog Park is slightly farther away than some other options for off-leash fun. But, its location near I-85 makes it an easy trip or a quick stop on your next road trip. This well-maintained park features fenced enclosures for small and large dogs. While you’re in the area, check out Astro Air Dogs in Five Forks. This facility offers one of the only regulation-sized pools for competitive doggie dock diving, and also offers dock diving classes and training programs. If your furry friend can already dog paddle, who knows -- maybe he can compete in a whole new sport!