A Nature-Lover’s Getaway in South Carolina: J. Verne Smith Park

A Nature-Lover’s Getaway in South Carolina: J. Verne Smith Park

What is the best way to enjoy nature and get away from it all? If you are looking for a quieter, more peaceful place that isn’t as crowded, consider visiting J. Verne Smith Park in South Carolina. Located at the tip of Lake Robinson, this park features picnic shelters, walking paths, and fishing piers. The park has no playground but does have restrooms available on site. There is also plenty of free parking for your convenience.

Things to Do 

The park’s location has a million-dollar view and is just steps from the parking lot. This makes J. Verne Smith Park a uniquely easy destination for those with young children or mobility-impaired individuals to enjoy the beautiful views this foothill area can provide. The park has many picnic tables and ample large shade trees where guests can spread picnic blankets facing the water.

Consider bringing some sidewalk chalk for after your picnic, as there are many paved walking areas to roam. Some kids enjoy bringing sketching materials and watercolor pencils to try and draw bits of the view they are enjoying. They like to bring books to read quietly or out loud together. You can bring Frisbees, balls, jacks, and other outside toys. Tip: The park is on a hill, sloped towards the water. It definitely won’t work as a soccer field but is fine for young children tossing a ball back and forth.

Consider A Visit to J. Verne Smith Park at The Tip of Lake Robinson


Lake Robinson is owned by Greer CPW and serves as an impoundment for drinking water. It’s a popular lake for small boats and fishing, but the park area itself seems to be rarely populated with more than a handful of people. It does not have playground facilities, yet with plenty of picnic sites, beautiful views, and several small docks, and a fishing pier to explore, this park should not be an overlooked outdoor destination.

The lake edge of the park is rimmed with large rocks (perfect for keeping a runaway ball from rolling into the water). You cannot wade or swim here. But you can walk the paved pathways, sit out on the small docks and watch the boats, or stroll out along the fishing pier and see what creatures you can spot in the water. If you plan to fish, you’ll need to make sure you obtain the proper permit. You can obtain permits at Greer CPW Warden’s Office on site.

Some Rules & Regulations at J. Verne Smith Park

 No person shall pollute the waters or property of Lake Robinson

  • Firearms, explosives, and sling shots are prohibited.
  • No swimming allowed in the Lake Robinson
  • Picnicking is only permitted in the designated areas.
  • Pets must be leashed and under control at all times. 
  • To learn more about the park’s rules & regulations, please visit their web page and read their online handbook before visiting.

Other things to know before visiting the park

J. Verne Smith Park has a large raised picnic shelter with a fantastic view, which can be rented from Greer CPW for $150 per day, and a smaller shelter area also with a nice view, that can be rented for $75 a day.

Restroom facilities are located at the larger shelter.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset. No skateboards, rollerblades, or bikes are allowed on the walking paths, so it is best to leave those at home.

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