The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 46 Mild weather, genuinely friendly people, solid educational options and job opportunities, a wonderful quality of life, great parks, and college sports invite thousands of visitors annually to Easley —many ultimately call it home. Families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who move here for the same reasons: the location and the hometown atmosphere. Whether you enjoy an outdoor adventure or a stroll through a quaint downtown, Easley is a great place to put down roots. The city is on display in the fall when the Upper South Carolina State Fair sets up shop at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway between Greenville and Easley. The event dates back to 1964 and features a pig run, car racing, kid friendly activities and good ol' Southern rock music. Legends headlining in the past include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Grand Funk Railroad and others. The quintessential southern city is a scenic postcard made complete with a quaint downtown district flanked by a historic railroad and striking mountain vistas. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and neighboring lake region, lies a little slice of heaven. Just fifteen minutes from the bustling city of Greenville, mountains and lakes, the city of Easley is one of the Upstate's best kept secrets. Easley is the perfect retreat following a day in Greenville and a Greenville Drive game, a concert at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena or after a day at Falls EASLEY LINDSEY GREY Easley iconic, nature trails, a scenic postcard Park. Or, watch a live performance at the local Foothills Playhouse. In the opposite direction is Clemson. With great restaurants and a close proximity to Clemson University, Easley is a football season hub and stress free destination. Recreation keeps residents fit and connected to the great outdoors. Five-star facilities offer programs ranging in sport, age and ability. The Blue Ridge Mountains are close by and Lake Hartwell, one of the South's best lakes, is a short drive. Or stay close to home base and get on the city's Doodle Trail that opened in 2015. The Doodle Trail follows the path of the historic Pickens Railroad and serves as a 7.5mile long multipurpose walking, running, and biking trail connecting the City of Easley to its neighbor, the City of Pickens. The trail is open all year long dawn to dusk and provides recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. Plans for the Doodle Park at the Easley Trail Head are in the final stages of approval with ground breaking planned by end of 2016. The Nalley Brown Nature Park is in the planning stages and will include a water feature, amphitheater, education center, trails, observation tour, themed exhibits but most of all an escape and retreat into nature. Community is at the heart of everything Easley puts its stamp on. The friendly city is watched over by caring and committed professionals at Easley's Fire and Police Departments. Both departments can be found delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday afternoons and handing out free popcorn during community movie nights in the fall. Commitment to community extends down to produce picked from local farms. Every Saturday from April to October, the Easley Farmer's Market sets up shop outside City Hall offering produce, vegetables, crafts and more from local vendors and farmers. In 2014, the Easley Farmer's Market was awarded "Best Produce of Pickens County." The city's big-screen movies series in the fall at the Old Market Square amphitheater is a treat for all ages. Seasonal family events are held throughout the year as well, a community favorite being the annual Grand Illumination Tree Lighting Ceremony held every December in front of City Hall. The Main Street Challenge is one of the ways the city shows its commitment for local business. The entrepreneurial startup competition provides incentives for local, area, and regional entrepreneurs to expand or open a new business downtown. The program will kick off the application phase in January 2017. Easley continues to invest in downtown with streetscape

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