Glendale Shoals Preserve

The Glendale Shoals Preserve consists of 29-acres of scenic land located at the old Glendale Mill site along Lawson's Fork Creek.  The original 12-acre preserve was donated to SPACE in 1993 by Billy Tobias.  Then in 2022, SPACE purchased the 17-acre Glendale Mill Site to protect this iconic and beloved community space from high density development.  The property is adjacent to the Wofford College Goodall Environmental Studies Center.  It includes a scenic view of a beautiful waterfall that cascades over a dam under the Glendale Bridge, contains 1.5 miles of nature trails, and hosts significant plant, animal, and bird life.  When the water is low, walk across the shoals, skip some rocks, and enjoy the view!

In addition to the scenic value of the property, this land is steeped in local history. In the 1800’s, the area was known as Bivingsville and was the site of a large textile mill, the Glendale Cotton Mill, which also supported a local mill village.



Preserve Rules:

  • Preserve is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Place litter in trashcans or pack it out.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No hunting.
  • No camping.
  • No campfires.
  • No firearms.
  • No paintball.
  • No climbing on bridges.
  • No cutting of flowers, trees, plants.
  • Pets must remain on a leash under owner’s control.
  • Swim at your own risk- shoes required.
Take a hike, Spartanburg!

Take a hike, Spartanburg!

Cottonwood Trail

The Edwin M. Griffin Preserve (home of the beloved Cottonwood Trail) covers 110-acres around a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams. The Preserve is home to over 5 miles of natural surface trails and it's newest addition, Wildflower Way, approx. 1 mile of newly-constructed ADA-accessible paved trail courtesy of our pals at PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well.

Glendale Shoals Preserve

Spend a relaxing day at the Glendale Shoals Preserve and explore approximately 1.5 miles of nature trail located at the old Glendale Mill on Lawson’s Fork Creek.

Upper Chinquapin Greenway

Located on the headwaters of the Chinquapin Creek across from the Milliken Research Center with trail access off of Graham Rd., this lush 107-acre greenway hosts a 2-mile natural surface trail as well as a variety of ferns and other plants, like the federally-endangered dwarf-flowered heart leaf! 

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