Public Parks and Facilities are Essential to Our Quality of Life

Help us keep Greenville County’s parks safe, clean, and enjoyable for everyone by adhering to the policies, rules, and regulations listed below.

General Park Rules & Regulations
  • Operating hours are posted at each park and facility. No person shall enter or remain in a County park or facility beyond the times posted without permission from the Department. (County Ordinance No. 5038)
  • Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas only.
  • “Courtesy is Contagious” – Disorderly behavior, loud music and interfering with other park users is prohibited and enforced by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Please dispose of all trash in designated trash containers.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and within 100 feet of playgrounds, athletic fields and courts.
  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under the control of the owner, except in designated areas. (County Ordinance No. 4099)
  • Dogs are prohibited from playgrounds and athletic fields.
  • Service dogs are allowed in all park areas with their owner.
  • Please collect and properly dispose of all dog waste. Waste bags are provided.
  • Soliciting and vending are prohibited unless otherwise permitted by Greenville County Rec.
  • Permits will be prominently displayed by all vendors.
  • Fireworks, glass bottles, alcohol, illegal drugs and ATVs are prohibited.
  • Possession of firearms in park buildings is prohibited except by law enforcement and other authorized personnel.  Those who are properly permitted (CWP), are allowed to carry a firearm outside on County park property.
  • Swimming in park lakes and rivers is prohibited and dangerous.
  • Intentional release of balloons is prohibited.
  • All parks are under the jurisdiction of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Dog Policy

Designated Dog Parks and Exercise and Training Areas

Greenville County Rec has designated dog parks where dogs may be off-leash for exercise and training. These areas have specific owner responsibilities. Please refer to those policies.

  • Pavilion Dog Park: 4806 Old Spartanburg Rd., Taylors SC, 29687
  • Pelham Mill Dog Park: 2770 E. Phillips Rd., Taylors SC, 29615
  • Conestee Park: 840 Mauldin Rd., Greenville, SC 29607


Policy For Dogs Not in a Dog Park

The purpose of this policy is to establish policy concerning dogs in parks and on trails.

General Park Rules:

  • Control: The handler / owner is responsible for keeping his/her dog under control by leash no more than 6 feet in length, and for all action and behavior of the dog while on park or trail property.
  • Clean-Up: The handler / owner is responsible and must possess the tools required for clean-up and disposal of dog waste.
  • Dog Restricted Areas: Due to health and safety concerns as well as programmed use of park and trail property, dogs are not permitted in the following areas: Within playgrounds, on athletic field playing surfaces, wetland areas, habitat conservation areas, and other areas as designated by signage.
  • Service Animals: Service dogs are exempt from the limitations while in the performance of their duties.
Fishing Policy
  • No more than 5 Trout, Bass or Catfish in any combination per day per person and in possession at any time. Only Bass and Catfish longer than 16 inches may be kept.
  • No more than 8 Bream per person per day can be taken.
  • No more than 2 fishing rods per person can be used at the same time.
  • No boats of any type allowed at any time.
  • No swimming at any time allowed in the lake.
  • South Carolina Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years of age or older.
  • Fishing is allowed only during park hours.
  • Do not climb on or over the dock guard rails.
  • Please throw all litter in the nearest trashcan.
  • To report violators, please call the Operation Game Thief at 1-800-922-5431
Metal Detecting Excavation

Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism does authorize park visitors to engage in metal detecting activities, including related minor excavations, for the purposes of collecting items of interest found in the process of treasure hunting under the below guidelines.

  • Metal detecting activities, including minor excavations, shall not be conducted in prohibited areas, including: all historic sites; manicured lawn/sport turf areas; within 10 feet of a walking trail, landscape bed/areas, and/or construction sites.
  • A hand tool for digging purposes is permitted. The tool must not have a blade over 6” long. Holes shall be filled immediately.
  • The cutting of vegetation is prohibited.
  • Metal detecting activities shall in no way interfere with the intended use of the park or facility.
  • Metal detecting in large groups is discouraged.
  • All park rules must be adhered to.
  • All items recovered of historical significance shall be reported to Greenville County Rec.
Swimming in Lakes & Rivers

It is the policy of Greenville County Rec to prohibit swimming or wading in lakes or rivers accessed by property owned or operated by Greenville County. Swimming or wading is prohibited due to the dangers resulting from poor visibility in dark waters, currents in moving waters, and exposure to water pollution. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a Swimming Advisory on the Reedy River due to pollution. “Bacteria levels have exceeded state standards – swimming here may make you sick”. This policy applies to all lakes and rivers accessible from Greenville County parks including Pleasant Ridge, Conestee, Cedar Falls, Oak Grove Lakes and the Reedy and Enoree Rivers. Greenville County Rec will not provide, sponsor, or permit others to offer public events or programs that utilize these aquatic resources for swimming or wading. Exemptions to this policy may be granted by the Executive Director.

Picnic Shelters
  • Facility permits guarantee exclusive use of reserved area, not the entire park/facility.
  • Please park only in designated parking areas.
  • Please be considerate of others by refraining from loud music, loud behavior, and profanity.
  • Please dispose of all trash – users are responsible for leaving area clean.
  • For safety, glass bottles or containers, fireworks or fires (except in designated fireplaces or grills) are not permitted.
  • No alcohol on premises.
  • No person may use any park/facility for any business purpose.
  • Tents, booths, or other structures are not permitted without prior written approval.
  • User may not assign or sublet the premises.
  • User has inspected the premises and agrees to accept premises as is.
  • User releases Greenville County Rec from any liability and holds Greenville County harmless from any claims resulting from the use of premises.
  • Special Event Permit required for rental groups exceeding 75 persons.
  • Premise may be used only for the activity listed
  • Damages to park facilities and property and/or not abiding by the above conditions are cause for cancellation/withdrawal of this permit or issuance of future permits and restitution for damages and forfeit of damage deposit.
  • Renter is not allowed to post any advertising or hang banners on site without written consent from Greenville County Rec.
  • Greenville County Rec has a “no solicitation” policy; therefore, placing fliers on site or on vehicles in the parking lot is prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot non-retractable leash at all times.
  • Owners must dispose of dog waste.
  • Smoking is not allowed within 100 feet of the shelter, playground, athletic fields or sport courts.
  • No refunds will be permitted for weather conditions.
  • No refunds for rain.
  • If a reservation is cancelled 14 days prior to reservation date the fee may be credited to the user’s account and used at a later time, or a refund (subtracting a $15.00 processing fee) will be given in the form of a check. No cash refunds will be given.

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