Wandering Greenville, South Carolina, on a rainy spring day, I made my way to the falls and found a parking spot behind the Mellow Mushroom. While the falls pour out below the Artisphere, I found the head of a creekside stone walk that meandered through thick greenery to the foot of the falls.
From the nearby college, the path was slippery from the day of rain, but I took my time and made my way down along the water. Surrounded by thick bush, the isolation amplified the quality of the bubbling brook and the chirping birds throughout the scene. Old stacked stone and the ancient quality of the stone path made the scene complete. I passed others out for a walk and a few kids talking at the foot of one of the lower falls.
The path opened to the foot of a series of small lawns climbing to the main street. College-age kids were tubing down the grass while other pedestrians explored the area. The creek continued onward under a small bridge. From there, the gentle roar of the main falls echoed across the congregation of the two creeks into one. The path led me upward to the side opposite the main falls along the foot of the college. A beautiful root system of an elderly tree made for an interesting view before the road passed several cultivated gardens and paved paths. I moved to from the far end to enjoy a second approach to the main falls, passing large exposed rock faces, will maintained gazebos, a crumbling old mill, cordoned grass plots I can only assume are reserved for weddings and a variety of floral arrangements.
I then finished the walk along the foot of the main falls up and up into the Artisphere, a small district dedicated to art, shopping, entertainment and restaurants, where I found a decorated bridge, an old, gutted factory building honoring one of Greenville's original industries.
The hour or so I spent wandering the site was an absolute pleasure of a cool drizzly day. It's perfect for getting away, people watching, listening to the rush of the falls and soaking in nature's beauty. Greenville already has shown so much that this small reservation only grows the city's amazing value.