The Preserve at Lakewood is a 120-acre parcel of land which features forest land, dirt trails, parking for 200, and of course, The Sustainability Education Center.
The land is home to countless plant/animal species. Upon visiting, you can see red cedar and maple, hickory and flowering dogwood trees, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, woodchucks, box turtles, various types of mockingbirds, woodpeckers, blue jays and more.
We are proud to be home to many events hosted by Upstate Ultra. Owner Matt Hammersmith had this to say about his groups’ use of The Preserve at Lakewood property: “The access to public use spaces is becoming increasingly scarce in urban communities like Greenville. As a race director and running youth coach it has become increasingly difficult to find space for our events and our team to organize in a safe environment. That is why we were so blessed when the Didier Group invited us to the property at Lakewood. In an area surrounded by lights, buildings, noise, and zooming cars it was wonderful to take our kids out to the preserve to enjoy running, hiking, and exploring the open space without the distractions of the busy world around us.”
The Preserve Parks hosted an Earth Day Open House on Saturday, April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Guests were invited to walk through the Sustainability Center, take a hike, and just enjoy the property, all in honor of Earth Day!
The Preserve at Lakewood is also home to many running events. South Carolina’s premier Race management company, Go Green Events, hosted a Halloween day 5K Cross Country event and Kid’s 1- mile Costume Run for 200 runners in all. The group also hosted "The Longest Night Run" in December, where runners were challenged with timed loops in races ranging from a half marathon (which began at 4:25am!) to a full marathon or extreme 50-mile marathon (the all-night option).