Paris Mountain State Park in upstate South Carolina is a fun place for a fall nature walk. The lush forest is alive with vibrant colors this time of year, and we love how the trees reflect in the lake to double the dazzling effect of the colorful foliage.
Paris Mountain State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of the original building built in the 1930s are still in use, and the education center at the park features exhibits which highlight the history of this beautiful site.
Paris Mountain has a nice campground, hiking trails, picnic shelters, and a lake for swimming, with canoes and paddle boats available to rent. We enjoy strolling around and enjoying the plants and animals there are to see on a nature walk. The junior ranger program is a great way to get kids focused and learning more about conservation and the state’s cultural and natural resources–plus they can earn a cool junior ranger badge.
At Paris Mountain State Park, it is easy to extend our classroom into the great outdoors, and I think we actually learn more from a day in the woods than a day inside could ever teach us. Plus, we can always bring books along to read during a break from exploring. Field guides are a must!