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The two RV Gypsies
at Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Road
Greenville, South Carolina
August 28, 2019

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Paris Mountain State Park is located five miles north of Greenville, South Carolina. Activities available in the 1,540-acre park include hiking, biking, swimming and picnicking. The 13-acre Lake Placid offers swimming and fishing. Canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are seasonally available for rental; private boats are not permitted. Camping is allowed and campsites range from rustic, back country sites to paved sites with water and electricity hook-ups. The park's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) structures, including the Camp Buckhorn lodge, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

history bookCherokee Indians once dwelled on Paris Mountain before European men began to colonize North America. The first white man settled in what is now known as Greenville County in 1765. He was an Irishman from Virginia named Richard Pearis. He married a Cherokee woman and became close to the Cherokee tribe. The Indians continually gave Pearis land until his property extended 10 square miles. Richard Pearis is the source of the name "Paris" Mountain. In 1775, a letter from the superintendent of Indian affairs, Jonathan Stuart was written to the Cherokee Indians chastening the Indians for selling their lands to white men. In one part of the letter, Stuart writes, "You are constantly listening to Richard Pearis, who cheats you of your lands." Some of the land which Richard Pearis possessed contained the mountain known today as Paris Mountain. Therefore, the name "Paris" is a construed form of "Pearis".

Above quotes From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Mountain_State_Park
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The two RV Gypsies began this hike on an easy-walking, mostly-level, nature-trail loop along the shores of Lake Placid. However, they soon came to deep slopes leading below the dam and then a more difficult, but short, climb up to the other side of the dam. Then the two RV Gypsies circled the lake, crossed a boardwalk foot bridge, and passed the swimming area, before returning to the picnic shelter where they began. Including the walk from the parking lot, it was about a 1 mile trip. However, there are several other hiking trails of various lengths.

Paris Mountain State Park sign Lake Placid Trail
paddle boats for rent view from the gift shop at Placid Lake
information sign about Paris Mountain State Park Lee Duquette on a short wooden bridge

The trail was full of things that could make a person trip. But also some nice scenery.

dangerous trails scenery on the Lake Placid Trail

Walking on the top of the dam is off-limits, but Karen was able to take a picture looking across the top of the dam. She also took a picture from the other side of the dam.

Karen Duquette at the top of the dam the top of the dam

Next, the two RV Gypsies went down to the bottom of the dam, crossed the bridge, and climbed the steep, rocky hill to the other side of the dam. Lee went first so Karen could take some photos.

the dam Lee Duquette on the bridge below the dam
Lee Duquette on the bridge below the dam Lee Duquette on the bridge below the dam

Then Karen joined Lee at the bottom of the dam.

Karen Duquette approaching the dam Karen Duquette approaching the dam

Views from the bridge and the bottom of the dam.

the dam water flowing down the dam
Karen Duquette below the dam Karen Duquette below the dam

The difficult, but short, climb up to the other side of the dam.

difficult climb to the other side of the dam Lee Duquette struggling with the climb up the hill

Below: View across the top of the dam back at the other side where the two RV Gypsies were at earlier.

View across the top of the dam

Below: view from the sides of the dam

view from the side of the dam view from the side of the dam

Below: A mysterious creature in the woods -- maybe he eats the mushrooms.

A mysterious creature in the woods mushrooms

Below: evidence of a beaver
in the area

The swimming dock

evidence of a beaver swimming dock on Lake Placid
Lake Placid Lake Placid
Lake Placid and a bridge Lake Placid and a bridge

Lee Duquette took photos from each side of the bridge.

Lee Duquette on the bridge
Lake Placid Lake Placid
Lake Placid

Below: View from the lunch spot of the two RV Gypsies.

lunch spot of the two RV Gypsies

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