Find Pokemon in Their Natural Habitat in Greenville, South Carolina


If you've been on the Poke hunt recently, chances are you have spent a lot of time with your face buried in your smartphone. Even with the benefits of making new friends, exploring your city, and having a blast playing the game, you may be experiencing a bit of Pokemon or technology fatigue. Does that mean it's time to put away the smartphone and throw in the towel? Definitely not. It means it's time to change up the scenery a bit and expand the search to include some nature. Recharge yourself while finding Poke, and it's a total win, win. Here are the three top spots in Greenville, SC, to combine your passion of Poke hunting with the serenity of nature.

Falls Park
It's no secret that Pokemon like to hang out in their natural environments. They are smart little buggers and like to seek refuge in nature. Take a note from the virtual critters. Some actual time outside might be just what you need to get back on track. After taking a few deep breaths, head to Falls Park. First, listen to the sound of the peaceful waterfall, relax under a shady tree, and perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch. Then, get to it. With the triumvirate water, grass, and rocks, Falls Park attracts a huge variety of Pokemon. It's also a location where friends gather to play the game in groups, so there are frequent lures as well.

Lake Conestee Nature Park
Take a walk among the wetlands of the 400-acre nature preserve to de-stress and maybe spot some real wildlife before attempting to find the augmented reality creatures. Over 200 species of birds have been sighted here, as well as fox, beaver, and river otter. There's also family friendly walks, if your kids need some technology-less fun as well. Once you've let off some steam, everyone can join in on the fun and try to catch 'em some Pokes. In addition to the water types, Poison Pokemon tend to favor wetlands and bogs, so keep an eye out.

Furman University Lake
Squirtles, Psyducks, and Slowpokes abound along the walking trail surrounding Furman's lake. But it's not just a good spot to collect new Pokemon, it's also an incredibly beautiful and peaceful setting, one that will surely take your blood pressure down a notch. Start at the bookstore, and as you trek around the lake, you'll find no shortage of Poke Spots, and even several gyms. About half way around, there is also a nice covered picnic area and a trickling stream, a perfect spot to take a minute to meditate or simply close your eyes and listen to your surroundings. The walking path also connects to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, should you choose to extend your adventure.

There's no need to stress out, people. Playing Pokemon is supposed to be fun. Take a nature break to recenter, and you can keep on catching Pokes with the best of them.

Jannan Poppen is a travel writer based in Greenville, SC. She's an explorer at heart and will try just about anything once, including Pokemon Go.