This section encompasses climbs around the greater Greenville area. This includes Travelers Rest, Taylors, Pickens, Tigerville, Marietta, Table Rock, and many of the surrounding areas.
Disclaimer: Climb AT YOUR OWN RISK! Many of these will be difficult, strenuous, with dangerous descents. Do your own research and make sure you are prepared for the terrain. You are responsible for yourself!
|Asbury Hill / Lakemont Rd||This is a difficult route to get to Caesar’s Head Mountain. The climb is about a mile long, but there is a sick grunt section with high double-digit grades. At it’s steepest, it is over 20%. Make sure you have some easy gearing before attempting the big mountain from this direction.||Strava, Seizure’s Head Slog Fest|
|Caesar’s Head Mountain||This is the benchmark climb in the area, with 6+ miles of climbing at varying grades. It seldom gets above 8%, although there are some steep parts on the second half. Like many climbs, it is easier on the lower section, and tougher up near the top. The climb is divided by a short flat section of maybe a 1/2 mile. It can also be climbed from Cedar Mountain, but that side is not nearly as difficult. It is 4-miles, but not all of that is climbing, and the climbs are not that steep.||Strava (tough side), Strava (easy side), Assault on the Carolinas, Table Rock Weekend, Seizure’s Head Slog Fest|
|Callahan Mountain / Camp Old Indian||Steep and short. The pavement is marked with the word ‘GRUNT’ in large letters coming from the south side, with good reason. This is a tough climb, with grades in the upper teens. It is just about as tough on both sides.||Strava (South), Strava (North), Marquis de Sade, Fabulous 4th Bike Tour, Ride 4 Animal Care|
|Hwy 178 / Rocky Bottom||Highway 178 has a couple of small, similar climbs along the way to Rosman, NC. They are mostly moderate with grades at or below 6-8%. There is a short descent after the first climb, which follows with another up to Rocky Bottom and the Eastern Continental Divide. This is also the way to get to Sassafras Mountain.||Strava (Initial 178), Strava (Rocky Bottom), Sassafras Mountain|
|Packs Mountain||A grunt hill if I’ve ever seen one! This baby is steeep! It starts with a big pitch that exceeds 20%. It then levels off, and before you think mercy might be coming, it turns up again to 20%. A little further up is yet another steep pitch. It may be a brutal climb, but fortunately is only about a mile until you are up in a scenic neighborhood area.||Strava, Marquis de Sade|
|Paris Mountain||This is the signature Greenville city-limits climb, and can be accessed off of the Swamp Rabbit trail near Travelers Rest. From the Furmal side, it is steep near the bottom and the top, but not bad aside from that. From the CVS side it rolls a little bit, but it also has the steepest section, appropriately named "The Wall."||Strava (Furman side), Midmorning on Paris Mountain|
|Sassafras Mountain||The highest point in South Carolina is a gut-busting climb. There are several sections with 20% grades. The difficult part of this part is that it is inconsistent. You are either going up or down, which breaks up your rhythmn. I hear that it has been paved recently and they are building a new park at the summit.||Strava, Sassafras Mountain|
|South Saluda Rd||More of a grunt hill, sort of in between Caesar’s Head Mountain and Table Rock State Park. At a couple points, the grade gets into the teens.||Strava, Table Rock Weekend|
|Swamp Rabbit Trail||This is not really a climb, and more for recreation, but there are a few notable hills. There’s a steep one near the heart of Greenville at Falls Park. There are a couple minor hills headed toward Travelers Rest, few of which are very steep. There are a couple steeper bumps on the south side near Greenville Technical College.||Strava (Entire North Trail), Strava (Reedy River), Swamp Rabbit Trail|
|Table Rock State Park||This is a good place to park for climbing rides in the area. The riding inside the park, however, can be brutal. There are many hills that you could describe as rolling, but they are insanely steep, sometimes exceeding a 20% grade.||Strava (Table Rock), Strava (Mulligan Ford Hill), Table Rock Weekend|
|Vineyard||This is a short, one-mile climb near the La Bastide hotel, recently purchased by the Hincapie brothers. It can also be combined with a similar stretch on Old Hwy 25 for a longer climb exceeding 2-miles. These are not the most challenging or scenic climbs, but they are enough to keep you working hard.||Strava (Vineyard), Strava (Old Hwy 25), Ride 4 Animal Care|
|Watershed||This climb starts in the northern part of South Carolina, not far from Tigerville, and is a popular climb up to Saluda. It is a scenic, moderate climb around the North Saluda reservoir. The climb splits up, where you can head towards Mine Mountain and Saluda, or towards Flat Rock.||Strava, Marquis de Sade, Fabulous 4th Bike Tour, Ride 4 Animal Care|
Map images: Seth Anthony / CC-BY-SA-3.0