Created By: Brandon Inabinet
The 1,540-acre State Park sits on land that was once the main water source for the city of Greenville. Due to Paris Mountain being a monadnock, the mountain provided many natural springs for a natural water supply into the city of Greenville. Paris Mountain is home to four separate water reservoirs used specifically for that purpose. One of those reservoirs was Lake Placid, a 13-acre lake that is used today for fishing and swimming.
Similarly, Sulphur Springs, with its very high mineral content, was tapped for its healing properties. Local bottling predated running water. A man interviewed by Park Ranger Mike Davis in 1970 noted this practice and even said that as a young boy he would get paid to help bottle and cork mineral water coming from Sulphur Springs.
When the Civilian Conversation Corps (CCC) made the area a state-park and area for recreation in 1936, its use as a water source waned. Greenville now gets its drinking water from reservoirs further from the city, including the Saluda Reservoir at the very northern edge of South Carolina.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Hidden History of Greenville Water