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 170 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.
The Park is managed through a partnership between the Conestee Foundation (a non-profit organization) and the Greenville County Recreation District, and is the “southern hub” of the Swamp Rabbit Trail that will eventually connect Travelers Rest to Lake Conestee Nature Park. The park is open daily and there is no charge for entry. Current facilities include 3.1 miles of natural surface trail, and 2 miles of paved trails. The paved trails are wheelchair accessible. These trails include a bridge over the Reedy River, several boardwalks, and observation decks for viewing wildlife. Facilities and programs to be developed in the near future are summarized in our Master Plan.