Family trail run, water animals the focus of May 24 programs at Paris Mountain

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Paris Mountain State Park will host a family trail run program and a program on water animals on Saturday, May 24.

The Friends of Paris Mountain State Park will present a program at 10 a.m. by Drew Parker entitled “Adventure in the Outdoors; Family Trail Run.” Parker, a 3x Ironman Triathlon finisher, adventure racer, ultra marathon competitor and avid trail runner, will lead a discussion in the park center on how family activities in the outdoors improve both mental and physical well-being, followed by a family inclusive trail run around the lake. No registration is required and there is no fee for the program beyond park admission.

At 1 p.m., Ranger Cathy Taylor will present “Suited to Swim.” Many of Paris Mountain’s animals are adapted to life in or near water, and attendees will look for salamanders, frogs, ducks and aquatic insects. Activities include wading into Mountain Creek, so participants may want to bring shoes that can get wet. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the fee booth instead of admission, and will begin at the Park Center. Registration is required. (To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at (864) 244-5565.)

Paris Mountain State Park is off S.C. 253 (State Park Road). Admission is $5 for ages 16 – 64, $3.25 for S.C. seniors and disabled persons, and $3 for children ages 6 – 15.