This is a directory of Upstate area clubs and organizations compiled by library staff based on information provided to us by the organizations themselves. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please send any corrections or additions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (864) 527-9241.
The club promotes safe recreational boating and organizes trips and social outings including flat water and white water paddling on local rivers and lakes. The group is involved in education, training, and conservation of river habitat. Trips are scheduled throughout the year. Families are welcome.
The Foothills Trail Conference is a member organization that promotes and maintains the Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail is a 77-mile woodland path along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Northwestern South Carolina that runs from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, public facilities, and recreational choices that help enhance the quality of life of its residents and visitors. The Recreation division schedules and coordinates year-round athletic and youth programs and operates five community centers that offer general leisure activities and special summer programs. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains 39 parks occupying 400 acres of land within the city including Falls Park and the largest park in the system, Cleveland Park, a 122-acre site located along the Reedy River that features tennis courts, softball fields, playground areas, a fitness trail and picnic shelters. A main attraction at Cleveland Park is the Greenville Zoo, an exotic animal kingdom rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina.
The Greenville County Recreation District provides leisure and recreational services and facilities for the citizens of Greenville County and surrounding areas. The mission of the district is to be a leader in providing diverse, dynamic, and ever-improving recreational opportunities in a sustainable manner. The district manages over 55 parks and facilities throughout Greenville County including 8 community centers, 6 historic sites, 3 water parks, an ice rink, an inline rink, a camp and retreat center, and a 17.5 mile rail-trail greenway.
The Greenville Drive baseball team is the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team plays in downtown Greenville at West End Field. Modeled after Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, West End Field boasts its own “Green Monster,” a 30-foot high wall in left field, equipped with a manual scoreboard.
The Greenville International Folk Dancers teach and practice participatory dances from around the world as a fitness and social activity that encourages global understanding. The group meets at the Sears Shelter in McPherson Park at 100 East Park Avenue on Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm. The group does not meet in June, July, and most of August.
The Greenville Natural History Association sponsors weekly hikes. The club seeks to promote the enjoyment of the outdoors, teach outdoor ethics, and encourage the conservation of air, woods, waters, and wildlife.
The Greenville Zoo has wildlife from around the world, including giraffes, orangutans, giant tortoises, lions, and elephants. The Zoo also has the popular Reptile Building, which houses lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes. Rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina, the Greenville Zoo is the most visited “family facility” in the Upstate. The Zoo is open seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Greenville Zoo is a department of the City of Greenville.
The Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons which was organized in 1914 as a nonprofit, educational organization with the goal of making boating safer and more enjoyable. The squadron's activities involve both educational and social aspects. Members continue their boating education through a series of courses in seamanship, navigation, and related nautical subjects. The Squadron also offers free vessel safety inspections to the public.
South Carolina State Parks protect over 80,000 acres of land from the mountains to the sea. Parks located in the upstate are Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, and Table Rock State Park.
The Special Olympics program offers training and competition in 15 different sports. Two full-time Recreation staffers direct these programs with help from hundreds of community volunteers. There are no fees for Special Olympics programs.
Team Greenville is a year-round swim club for all ages. Team Greenville exists to provide the people of the Greenville area with a full service, competitive swimming program sanctioned through the Greenville County Recreation District. The program offers the opportunity for each individual, novice through masters, to reach his or her full potential as a swimmer and as a person.
The Upper Piedmont Tennis Association Foundation is a nonprofit organization and an umbrella Community Tennis Association (CTA) group that promotes and assists the growth of tennis through sponsorships, providing competitive league play for adults 18 and up. The group helps sponsor junior tennis and works with the school systems to provide tennis as part of their Physical Education curriculum. The foundation also works with adaptive and wheelchair tennis and with underprivileged kids throughout the Upstate.
The Western Carolina Sailing Club is a family-oriented place on Hartwell Lake which serves the community with benevolence. The club has a harbor, docks, and grounds and also offers sailing lessons for people who share a common interest in the sport of recreational sailing. The club is located at 5200 West Wind Way, Anderson, SC.
The YWCA Greenville was established in 1917. The mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. No easy task. No ordinary organization. The Vision of the YWCA is to build and maintain a strong community by combining: Early School Success and Student Success Preparation and Family Financial Security to equal an Inclusive Community.