The South Carolina Trail That Leads To A Stairway Waterfall Is Heaven On Earth

Need a break from everyday life? Hiking is a great way to unwind and reconnect with nature. South Carolina’s many trails dish up a variety of awesome experiences paired with views that are equally astounding. Most people who’ve visited Paris Mountain State Park near Greenville will undoubtedly recall the picturesque waterfall spillway visible from the road just before entering the park, but not many people realize there is another lake in this state park, or that the stairway spillway is even more beautiful than the one by the park’s entrance.

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Overall, the trail is rated strenuous due to the up and downhill climbs are the beginning (if you’re hiking clockwise). However, after you reach the lake, it’s level or downhill most of the way back to the starting point at parking area 6. For more information on Sulphur Springs Trail at Paris Mountain State Park, see this page on the South Carolina State Parks official website, or consult reviews from hikers who’ve made the trek at this link on

Paris Mountain State Park is located at 2401 State Park Rd., Greenville, SC 29609. The park and trails are open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily during daylight saving time. Winter hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily – extended to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Admission is $5/adults, $3.25/SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3/ child age 6-15; free for children 5 and younger.