Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. From a revitalized downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville’s one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything they say it is and more. Check us out and see for yourself why we’re not just any Greenville – we’re THAT Greenville. (www.visitgreenvillesc.com)
Greenville has a lot to offer to the local pet community. The purpose of this page is to connect Greenvillian’s or folks traveling to our area with pet friendly places and activities that are offered within close distance. If you have a local, pet friendly business that would like to be included in our posted information, please email me at: [email protected]
Dog Friendly Parks
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail (trail maps are located, here)
Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a multi-use greenway system that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local businesses. The GHS Swamp Rabbit will continue to grow offering fun, non-motorized recreation and transportation opportunities.
Paris Mountain State Park (Park map, here) (Trail map, here)
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 visiting Camp Buckhorn now keep the park bustling year round. When it comes to camping in state parks, the Paris Mountain State Park camping facilities are top-notch and include paved camping sites, 13 of which offer tent pads, and five trailside campsites around the North Lake Trail Loop.
Falls Park on the Reedy River (The Liberty Bridge info, here)
Far more than a nature lover’s paradise, Falls Park on the Reedy, located in downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, is one of Greenville’s greatest treasures. The park serves as an oasis within the city – a place where people gather to work, play and celebrate life. The multi-use facility lends itself to a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and interests.
Daylily & Hosta Gardens (Open weekends in April, May, June)
10% of sales in the month of June are donated to a local animal shelter in need. These gardens have been opened since 1998 and now grows over 1100 different varieties of daylillies and hostas. Dog friendly garden, just make sure to bring your pup on a leash.
Lake Conestee Nature Park (Trail heads and parking info, here)
Lake Conestee Nature Park consists of approximately 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The park contains both hardwood and evergreen forest, extensive wetlands, 3 miles of the Reedy River, and a rich diversity of wildlife habitat. Deer, raccoon, beaver, fox, river otter, and various small mammals inhabit the park, along with numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Over 190 bird species have been reported by the Greenville County Bird Club. The park has been designated as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance by the National Audubon Society.
Pavilion Dog Park
This dog park is located at 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors, SC. It is part of the Pavilion Recreation Complex. It has two separate areas – one for small dogs 25 pounds and less, and another for dogs over 25 pounds. The dog park includes a water station (ideal for washing off those dirty puppy feet before they hop in the car you cleaned yesterday). It includes picnic tables & benches for the people. The park is open from daylight to dusk. Dog park rules are posted at the gate. Cleanup bags are provided so everyone can clean up their dog’s personal business. This is your park! Plan events and add them to this page. Enjoy the park.
Pelham Mill Park
The scenic and historic elements of this park complement that of downtown’s Falls Park. Today, in partnership with ReWa (Renewable Water Resources), seven acres have been added to the park. Its focal point is a masonry dam and overlook where visitors can view architectural remains of the mill and the cascading shoals of the Enoree. The master plan envisions a passive park with picnic sites, historical interpretation, dog park, and a walking bridge spanning the river that provides access to scenic trails along the Enoree.
Simpsonville Dog Spot
The only dog park in the Golden Strip. Located at Simpsonville City Park. Dedicated areas for large and small dogs. Water on site. All respectful dogs welcome, and you can bring your person with you as well.
Dog Friendly Attractions
The Barkery Bistro
Come visit Bentley and Duncan, the resident K-9s at The Barkery Bistro on Augusta Street just a few miles from downtown Greenville, SC. The store provides a large selection of pet clothing, food, supplies, and yummy treats for your pup. You’ll even find a nice selection of doggie art and gifts.
The Greenville Beer Exchange
Dogs are welcome inside The Greenville Beer Exchange,which has rotating taps, growlers and more than 1,000 bottles of beer from all over the world. Tuesday is ‘Rare Beer Tuesday,’ where at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, they tap a rare keg in the growler station.
Liz Daly Designs
We take pride in our community by exhibiting local art and handmade goods from unique gifts, jewelry, and accessories, to paintings, pottery, and metal work. We also create many product lines in house including glass, vintage, and up cycled jewelry, repurposing the used and reclaimed into something beautiful. Paws always welcome in the shop.
Harley Davidson of Greenville
New and Used Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales, Parts & Accessories, MotorClothes and Service. We have indoor/outdoor events year round. Bike night is every Wednesday from 6-10pm (April-Oct) Dogs are welcome to bike night, events and inside the dealership during any business hours. Come by and see us!
Dog Friendly Restaurants
Mac’s Speed Shop
Mac’s Speed Shop opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became one of the most well-loved barbecue joints in Charlotte. Patrons of food and fun packed in because we treated our guests to an entirely new barbecue experience. We became a unique Carolina barbecue restaurant pairing the traditional and non-traditional at the same time. Beer, Bikes, BBQ.
Soby’s South Cuisine
Soby’s New South Cuisine is a blend of contemporary cuisine infused with traditional southern ingredients. The restaurant opened in 1997 and is housed in the warm environment of a renovated, century-old building and has a mezzanine level that can accommodate large parties ordering a la carte.
The Lazy Goat
The Lazy Goat promises a socially inviting staff and atmosphere as well as simple international food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. With an open kitchen and cozy platform bars, late night service, no reservations, communal tables, 80 tightly arranged seats, The Lazy Goat is the ultimate in social dining.
The Cazbah is a tapas restaurant and wine bar located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Our original location in downtown Greenville, SC is a destination for creative, sophisticated, high-energy diners. A place where the tapas menu is as inspired as the local artwork on the walls, the wine list has a cult following, and the atmosphere is sleek and sexy. Our guests love the casual, communal dining experience that a tapas style meal provides–perfect for sharing and tailor-made for enjoying slowly with a glass or a bottle from our impressive wine list. The menu changes quarterly, so even our regulars get a chance to try something new.
Smoke on the Water
Smoke on the Water is a fashionable barbeque restaurant/tavern next to Falls Park on the Reedy River in downtown Greenville. There is a large patio area outside the restaurant with several tables where you can dine al fresco with Fido in tow.