Glassy Mountain Homeowners

(A Social & Support Organization)

for Grandparents

 
As a grandparent, have you ever wondered what activities in the area are suitable for you and your grandchildren?  The information below is based on the "experiences" of our community members.  Activities reflected here range from entertainment to suitable hikes.
 
In addition, once a year in July, volunteers from the community (like grandparents!) conduct a private cam, Kids' Camp, which is open to the grandchildren/family members of Glassy Residents.  You can find more information by clicking here: Kids' Camp.   Each year, as the timeframe for Kids' Camp approaches, expect to see news articles in The Glassy News on the home page.   

Babysitters

 
Please contact the Glassy Concierge at 864-663-8106glassyconcierge@cliffsliving.com - for referrals.
 

Animal Parks, Pony/Horse Rides

 Greenville Zoo 
 Open every day but Thanksgiving, 
 Christmas and New Year's Day
 
 150 Cleveland Park
 Greenville, SC
 864-467-4300
 
 Cliffs Equestrian Center
 Karyn Owen
 Saddle Creek Vistas Website
 
 Cliffs, Keowee Vineyards
 162 Arrowleaf Lane,
 Sunset, SC 29685
 864-868-9969
 
 
 
 
 

Playgrounds, Parks, Water Parks, Fun Parks

 
 Water slides, lazy river, leisure pool,
 children's play structure
 417 Baldwin Rd.
 Greenville, SC
 864-963-4345
 Water slides and concessions
 101 West Derby Rd.
 Greenville, SC
 864-834-4108
 Water slides, funnel slide, splash and 
 spray pad
 1500 Piedmont Hwy. 
 Piedmont, SC
 864-299-1842
 Rides, go-carts, bumper-boats, laser
 tag, miniature golf, arcade
 45 Park Woodruff Dr.
 Greenville, SC
 864-627-9888
 

Easy Hikes & Waterfalls

 
 
Hwy 28, north of Walhalla
See "Beyond the Gates" , State Parks & Waterfalls for more
 
McKinney Falls
 
Located inside the McKinney Falls section of Falls North, is a beautiful waterfall and a moderate 3-mile loop walking trail.  These falls can be enjoyed year-round and even offer a shallow flat pool area at the top of the falls for wading on hot summer days.  From Old Chapman Bridge Road, enter at the McKinney Falls Parkway gate and drive approximately .9 mile to the McKinney Falls trail marker.   Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it to an open field area.   Look for a marker directing you to either the Upper or Lower Falls, as the waterfall can be viewed from both the top and the bottom.
 
McKinney Falls is also accessible by boat.  It is an easy kayak excursion from the Vineyards or other Falls North locations to the Falls East marina.  Park your boat(s) and then walk the easy 1/2 mile trail to the waterfall.  
 
In addition to the waterfall, visitors can enjoy a moderate 3-mile walking trail alongside McKinney Creek.  The trail is a loop which includes markers to guide hikers.  It can be accessed from either side of McKinney Falls Parkway and continues on both sides of the road.
 
Twin Falls
 
An easy 10 minute hike that ends at a gazebo with a great view of the falls.  The path parallels the river with places where one can splash.   Twin Falls is about a 10 minute drive from the Vineyards Main Gate
See "Beyond the Gates", ...Waterfalls for details
 
Whitewater Falls
 
The upper Whitewater Falls is about 1/4 mile from the parking area.  If you are coming from SC, HWY 11, turn north on SC130 and drive to the NC border.  The parking area is just ahead on the right.  There is a fee of $2 per vehicle for up to 7 persons, $1 for each additional person.  The walk to the top viewing area is less than 1/4 mile and is on sloped paved path.  It's kid friendly.  The first observation area gives a pretty food view of the falls, but for a better view you'll need to take the stairs (approximately 155-160 stairs) down.  See "Beyond the Gates", ...Waterfalls for details
 
 
Cliffs Falls South Trail to Waterfall
 
An easy hike, about 2.5 miles in and back.   The trail ends at a picnic area, which is also accessible by car from a gravel road.  See Trail maps here, open Hiking bar.

Minor League Sports

Greenville Swamp Rabbits                      Minor League Hockey
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, SC
 
Greenville Drive                                             Minor League Baseball
Flour Field,
Greenville, SC

Museums, Educational Tours

 
Hwy 130, north of Rte 183
Interactive Displays;  Discover how electricity is made;  Free
 
Hwy 101 S
Greer, SC
Historical auto (BMWs) display and gathering point for BMW Plant Tours.
 
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC
Public programs at the Center are Friday “Starry Nights” programs and the Second Saturday public day. In the summer we also offer Summer Adventures in the Hooper Planetarium and Symmes Auditorium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
 
300 College St.
Greenville, SC
An interactive museum, hands-on, that both entertains and educates.
 
Explore downtown Greenville while trying to locate 9 bronze mice.  Free.   Buy a copy of Mice on Main, by Linda L. Kelly (at shops along Main Street) which is a great book for children with some hints where the mice might be hiding!
 
Glassy Mountain Fire House
Call First!  864-895-4306
View fire trucks

UPick Farms & Orchards

 
204 Bates Bridge Rd.
Marietta, SC (near Travelers Rest)
Strawberries in raised beds.  Vegetables
 
Blueberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Figs, Muscadines, Persimmons
510 Gap Hill Rd
Six Mile, SC
(Hwy 183, West of Hwy 133)
 
Strawberries and strawberry plugs for planting
607 Jameson Road (just off  Hwy183)
Easley, SC 
 
Apples
Sky Top Orchard is located above Flat Rock, NC on Pinnacle Mountain Road. Pinnacle Mountain Road is easily accessible from U.S. 225. Just watch for our big yellow Sky Top Orchard signs. 
Take Hwy 25 N to Exit 5.  At the bottom of the exit, turn left. You will be on 225N.  Go 1 1/2 mile and be on the lookout for bright yellow Sky Top signs.  Turn left onto Pinnacle Mountain Rd and proceed up the mountain.  Follow signs 1 mile to the orchard. 
 
Fresh Produce in Season
Hwy 183 west of Pickens
Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to Noon
 
The Cliffs Farm
550 Beaver Dam Rd.
Marietta, SC