Downtown Greenville is really made up of three areas. Main Street (North Main and South Main), Reedy Falls Park and the West End. Each area has its own unique features and together make up the heart of Greenville.
Changing from North Main to South Main at E. Washington, Main Street is one of the key reasons people love Greenville. Lined with mature trees, shops, restaurants and bars, there is plenty to do. You will find a nice variety of things for all age groups. Downtown is very well balanced. The latest trend is the development of downtown condos to promote downtown living and ensures a lively scene of people walking up and down the street or slowly (and I mean slowly) driving down Main. (Note – you may notice that people rarely honk their horn in traffic. Just learn to be patient).
Downtown started its tranformation in the 80’s with a major streetscaping (all the great trees you see) and some key commercial buildings. There is a new streetscape plan in place to continue to improve the look of Main.
Downtown Greenville is very safe. It’s also very dog friendly.
There is always some kind of event going on downtown, in fact often there are several. One of the great things is that they will close Main to traffic so you can walk around without worrying about cars buzzing by. One of my favorite things to do is head down for lunch and sit at one of the sidewalk restaurants. (Shout out to Guadalajara.)
Tip: There is free weekend parking in the structure off of Richardson behind the Mast General store and at the bus station. After 9:00 pm it will cost $3.00.
Reedy Falls Park
The park goes hand in hand with Main Street. This is the other top reason people Love Greenville. Part of a massive and ever growing park and trail system, Reedy Falls is the heart of Greenville. You’ll find great hotels, restaurants and scenic views along the river. Of course the park itself is the real reason to be here. Very walkable, the park is a favorite place for relaxing, hiking and biking. Check out The Overlook Grille, High Cotton or the Lazy Goat for a bite to eat and great views of the river and park. Like Main Street, there is always some kind of event going on and usually a couple at the same time.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is integrated with the park system. Miles of biking and hiking paths through the parks and along old rail lines. For a surprisingly easy ride try the SRT from downtown at the Childrens park up to Furman University. This follows the old rail line so it tends to be pretty level. There are plenty of bike rentals if you don’t have your own, such as Reedy Rides.
As you head south on Main Street and hit the intersection of Augusta Rd. and South Main you enter the West End district. Undergoing a development boom, this area is becoming a new draw for a mix of housing, retail, reataurants and bars. This is where you will find Flour Field (baseball field). Lot’s of exciting development going on here. I’ll be adding to this section as the area grows.
There are free trolleys that run up and down Main Street. Bought by Flour and run by the city, they are free of charge. There isn’t a schedule per se, but if you see one going by just flag it down and you can board it. They run about every 45 minutes starting from Earle Street down to Flour Field and back. However, with traffic in the area you can’t say for sure what time they are going by.
If you are really interested in what’s coming down the road, there are a number of master plans that include developing five additional areas around the perimeter of downtown to enhance the city footprint and manage its growth. Click here for a link to City Council’s Master Plans.