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Park Profile: J. Verne Smith Park at Lake Robinson

Every winter, we seem to get a short break of the cold in the Upstate – those days when I take my trash out and realize I’m comfortably wearing flip-flops in the middle of winter. These opportunities are so rare and fleeting, it’s a shame not to take advantage of them. Without a plan, though, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go at the last minute, especially when you know the obvious spots like Falls Park will be packed.

How nice would be to make a short drive and find yourself by a beautiful lake at the foot of the mountains? 

Lake Robinson, for those not familiar, is a reservoir located where Taylors meets Greer. Homes situated on the lake have a Taylors address, but the park is operated by the Greer Commission of Public Works, which also owns Lake Cunningham.

The lake is 800 acres. Families can set up at the picnic area – a nice way to enjoy the noonday sun. The lakeshore has plenty of grass for kids to run around. Picnic shelters are recently constructed, equipped with electrical outlets and available for daily rentals. Grilling, however, is not allowed. According to the website, shelter No. 2 is situated at the highest point of the park and offers views of the lake, Glassy Mountain and Hogback Mountain.

The boat ramp, fishing pier and restrooms are other amenities. 

Shelters and restrooms were closed at press time. Other picnic tables were in use, however, and there were portable toilets. 

Note rules for boating and fishing. Boating requires a permit which may be obtained at the warden’s office at the lake. A daily boat permit costs $5. Season permits are $55 for motorized boats or $35 non-motorized boats, such as kayaks. 

Fishing requires a permit and is $5 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state residents. Fishing is not allowed by the dam area. The lake also has creel limits, meaning a maximum amount fishers are allowed to take from the lake, so serious fishermen and women should check the limits and get more details at