“Move over, Boulder”


… because Greenville, South Carolina is now the top affordable city for nature enthusiasts.  So says Realtor.com Tuesday in an article titled “Move Over, Boulder: 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford to Live.”

The article notes Falls Park in downtown Greenville and the Swamp Rabbit Trail as Greenville’s “treasures,” and then mentions the Nantahala National Forest and the “oft overlooked” Congaree National Park within a one or two hour drive.  I’m not sure why it didn’t also highlight the Smoky Mountains, but Greenville is certainly replete with options for hikers, bikers, kayakers, paddle boarders, equestrians and fishermen.  We know because our daughter goes to college there.

So, this past weekend when Don and I were down that way for a visit, we stopped in Dupont Forest, just 45 minutes north of Greenville.  It’s where the first Hunger Games movie was filmed.  You can take a Hunger Games tour complete with archery instruction, or just do as we did, hike the trails and enjoy the scenery.  There are six waterfalls, two lakes, and an iconic covered bridge.  We only scratched the surface, but from what we saw, it’s beautiful.


So next time you’re looking for outdoor adventure or beautiful scenery, consider Greenville, South Carolina. And as you leave, be sure to stop by a grocery for snacks and fill up your tank with gas. Why? Because there’s no food tax, gas is cheap, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to take … the scenic way home.

Happy travels.












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