Paris Mountain State Park prepares for weekend visitors, limiting capacity


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Several parks around South Carolina are now opening, but have restrictions in place to make sure park goers remain safe. 

Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville is now open with limited hours and, to keep people safe, they’ve placed signs around the park encouraging visitors to practice social distancing. 

Some bathrooms remain open, park rangers are wearing masks and they’ve limited the daily capacity to 120 cars- which is about half of what they would usually allow.

Last weekend, the park reached capacity pretty quickly and the park was closed early. 

“We have about 240 parking spaces, and we’re allowing 120 cars in at a time just to keep things a little more spread out in the park. At the entrance when you get to the park, we’re having as little interaction as possible for the visitors and the park rangers,” Cathy Taylor, interpretive ranger, said.

Many people decided to come out this weekend. Many just wanted to get out the house after being ordered to stay indoors for weeks.

Upstate resident Betty Jelks said she and her longtime friends needed to get out the house, so they headed to Paris Mountain Parks.

“It’s been the most beautiful time to get away from our homes. We’re three grandmothers that have sort of slipped away and it is gorgeous up here. I’ve never even been before, but my friends have. It’s so quiet and beautiful,” Jelks said.

Rangers say they encourage people to come on the weekdays when the park is less crowded and they warn those who visit the park during weekend to plan accordingly and stay safe. 

For more information about Paris Mountain State Park, visit their website here.

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