834 Windslow Ave
Gaffney, SC 29341-2623
Phone: (864) 487-5337
Fax: (864) 487-5339
This park offers some of the best outdoor adventure activities within a convenient distance from Spartanburg. It is a park equipped with modern facilities like basketball and tennis courts as well as a full frisbee golf course, more affectionately known (or not to some aficionados) by its portmanteau 'frolf.' If not for frolf, then the fields are used for lacrosse, soccer and football.
Hot Spot Skate Park is first concrete park in the state of South Carolina. Opened on June 3, 2009, this skate park spans a total of 21,000 square feet (1950.963 square meters) of concrete featuring street skate structures as well as traditional style boarding ramps. These and other structures throughout make for some creative skate tricks. The facility is operated by Spartanburg's Park and Recreation department. Skate lessons are offered every Wednesday, and skaters must sign a liability waiver.
Denny's Plaza in downtown Spartanburg is an open-air park that features local events.
Morgan Square is in the center of downtown Spartanburg. Located in the city's historic district, this public-space is host to many local events.
Sassafras Mountain is the largest peak in South Carolina. At 3,554-ft. (1,083m), it may be puny compared to many other in America, but it still provides a great getaway into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountain itself actually straddles the North Carolina border and it can be accessed from both sides. In fact, on the South Carolina side, visitors can drive to a parking lot near the summit and then walk their way to the top. In and around the mountain, there are plenty of activities like rock-climbing, hiking and trails for mountain bikes as well.
The massive Croft State Park offers visitors a ton of things to do in the outdoors. From fishing, hiking and cycling to camping and picnics, this is Spartanburg's place to play. The park allows overnight camping and skeet-shooting as well as an equestrian center. There is a nominal fee for adults to enter.
This course located in Inman, just north of Spartanburg, provides 18-holes of championship golf against the lovely backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jacob's Creek runs through the course and Lake Bowen offers views off a few of the holes. Woodfin Ridge not only has great golf, but the owners are local benefactors as well. They are part of the 'First Tee of Spartanburg,' an organization that helps build life-skills while learning the game of golf.
It could be said that the entire state of South Carolina is a botanical garden. Since the British established the Province of Carolina, their green thumb techniques came along with them. Here in Spartanburg however, this botanical garden is a private one established by the Hatcher Family, transplants from the plains of Indiana. The family worked the grounds until the late 1990s and then thankfully turned over the property over to the Spartanburg County Foundation so it could be used for the public in 2003.
The Northwest Recreation Center is run by the city of Spartanburg's Parks and Recreation department. Whether these events and year-round programs are indoors, outdoors, something educational, recreational or otherwise, the center is an asset to everyone, young and old, for the betterment of their community. The recreation center itself features a basketball-court gym, two multi-purpose rooms, assembly and meeting area, computer lab, and weight room. Some of the programs include a summer day camp, dog obedience, computer classes, and reading programs.
This park is a great way to reflect on the revolutionary war that took place on October 7, 1980. Kings Mountain National Military Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, beautifully commemorates the Battle of Kings Mountain, which was a first major patriotic victory to have happened after the British invasion of Charleston in May 1780. No wonder Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a turning point event. The park offers an adventurous mix of camping, picnicking, hiking trails and a functional history farm. Admission is free and an average visit would probably take one to two hours.