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Pleasant Ridge Park

4232 Hwy. 11, Marietta, SC 29661
(near intersection of Hwy. 276 and Hwy. 11)
864-288-6470
240 acres

Amenities: Fishing Lake, Mountain Biking, Playground, Shelter, Walking Trail

Home of Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

The Jorge F. Arango Trail, a multi-use directional trail loop system, is open to hikers and bikers. See below for trail information and rotation schedule.

Campground is closed until further notice.

Swimming and boat rentals are no longer available at Pleasant Ridge Park.

Park Hours:  8:oo am – Dusk

Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

The Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is located at Pleasant Ridge Park.  This facility can be rented by the public for retreats, weddings, family reunions and other events.  For more information about the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center please visit www.pleasantridgecampandretreatcenter.org.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Pleasant Ridge Trail System

1002381_10152270598758255_254307592_nThe JFA trail is a 5.4 mile trail loop around Pleasant Ridge Park open to hikers and mountain bikers 7 days a week during park hours (8am-dusk). The JFA Trail is directional and rotates monthly – hikers and bikers travel in opposite directions. A trail connector named Sassy’s Pass (+/- 0.7 miles) connects each side of the loop at a lesser grade from the rough cut bridge to behind the ropes course. Our partners Upstate SORBA are planning trail system expansion as funding becomes available. Please visit the trailhead kiosk at the Shelter One parking area to learn about the trails. Trails are closed when wet.

Trail Information

What You Need To Know

Courtesy is Contagious

Sustainable Trail Solutions

JFA Trail on MTBProject.Com

Fishing

Fishing Rules & Regulations

  1. A South Carolina Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years of age or older.
  2. No more than 5 Trout, Bass, or Catfish in any combination per day, per person in possession at any time.
  3. No more than 8 Bream per person, per day can be taken.
  4. No more than 2 fishing rods per person can be used at the same time.
  5. Only Bass and Catfish longer than 16 inches may be kept.
  6. No boats of any type allowed at any time.
  7. No swimming at any time allowed in the lake.
  8. Fishing is allowed only during park hours.
  9. Do not climb on or over the dock guard rails.
  10. Please throw all litter in the nearest trash can.

Weekly Trout Stocking Summary

To Report Violators Please Call Operation Game Chief at:  1-800-922-5431

 

Camping

The campground at Pleasant Ridge Park is closed.

Rental Cabins

Two rustic cabins are available for rent in the park. The two-bedroom cabins can sleep up to six people and come with a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting area and central heating and air. The cabins are equipped with a deck, picnic table and charcoal grill. Pillows, bed linens and towels are not provided. The cabins are non-smoking and pets are not allowed, except for service animals.

The cabins rent for $80 a night and there is a two night minimum rental requirement. Stay limit is two weeks maximum.

For reservations, call the Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center office at 864-660-1065

(Office hours are 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday).

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Volunteer

Contact Marty at marty@greenvillecounty.org if you are interested in helping out at the park.

Register to be a Park Heroes here to hear about volunteer opportunities with Greenville County Rec throughout the year.

Join and follow Upstate SORBA for trail building projects on the JFA Trail and other mountain bike trails in the Upstate.

This shelter has a grill, fireplace, electrical power, 10 picnic tables, and can accommodate 72 people.  Restrooms and playground are within 50 feet of the shelter.  Parking is not permitted at the shelter but drop off is allowed.

Full Day Reservations Only: 9 am – 9 pm  (9 am – 6 pm after Daylight Savings)

Cost:  $150.00 .

Reservations:  Please call 864-288-6470 to reserve this shelter.

Please note that shelter reservations may not be made any earlier than January 1st for the given year. . This shelter is not available between Thanksgiving and March 1st.

This shelter has a grill, electrical power, plenty of parking, 8 picnic tables, and and can accommodate 60 people.  Restrooms and the playground are not adjacent to the shelter.

Full Day Reservations Only: 9 am – 9pm  (9 am –  6 pm after Daylight Savings)

Cost:  $150.00 .

Reservations:  Please call 864-288-6470 to reserve this shelter.

Please note that shelter reservations may not be made any earlier than January 1st for the given year. . This shelter is not available between Thanksgiving and March 1st.

This shelter has restrooms, a grill, fireplace, electrical power, horseshoe pits,  8 picnic tables, and can accommodate 48 people.  The playground is approximately 100 feet from the shelter.  Parking is not permitted at the shelter but drop off is allowed.

Full Day Reservations Only: 9 am – 9 pm  (9 am – 6 pm after Daylight Savings)

Cost:  $75.00 .

Reservations:  Please call 864-288-6470 to reserve this shelter.

Please note that shelter reservations may not be made any earlier than January 1st for the given year. . This shelter is not available between Thanksgiving and March 1st.

History of Pleasant Ridge Park

This 240 acre park is Greenville County Rec’s jewel in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was developed by the SC Commission of Forestry and the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism in the 1940’s to promote tourism in the Upstate. The park was established for the African American community. Neighboring Paris Mountain State Park was built for the white community. In the 1960’s both parks integrated. In 1985 the State decided that other parks like Jones Gap within 30 miles of Pleasant Ridge were capturing most of the tourism traffic and offered Pleasant Ridge to Greenville County Rec.

The park has since been a favorite get-away for local residents, just 40 minutes from downtown Greenville. A 4 acre lake offers great fishing. There are also cabins, picnic shelters, trails, and a playground. Pleasant Ridge Park also offers the new Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center which is home to Camp Spearhead and Camp Courage.  Camp Spearhead provides residential camping experiences for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities.  Camp Courage provides camp experiences for youth with cancer and or other blood disorders.  Funding for the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center was made possible through the supplemental funding from Greenville County Council, the Greenville County Hospitality Tax, an allocation from the State of South Carolina, the Cliffs Communities, and the generosity of our community.