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Symmes Chapel

Also known as “Pretty Place,” the Symmes Chapel is part of YMCA Camp Greenville, a branch of the YMCA of Greenville near Caesars Head State Park.

Pretty Place Greenville County

Charles Hardin of Taylors, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fred Symmes gave the chapel to the YMCA so that its campers could enjoy its beautiful view all summer long. Camp Greenville spans 1,400 acres and serves as a summer camp, conference center, and environmental education facility. Symmes Chapel is a popular wedding venue and worship site, and visitors are welcomed except when it is in use for events. It is strongly advised to call ahead and check the schedule before planning a visit!

Pretty Place

Ryan Glover of Charleston, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Rainbow Falls – YMCA Camp Greenville

Symmes Chapel is by far the most popular attraction within YMCA Camp Greenville, and many do not realize that the property also boasts a vast expanse of wilderness, including several waterfalls. The property spans 1,400 acres on the eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rainbow Falls, a spectacular 140-foot waterfall, can be seen below.

Rainbow Falls

John R. Harrison of Greenville, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of Symmes Chapel

Pretty Place Chapel, Side View

Van Hope of Columbia, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pretty Place Aerial

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Symmes Chapel Camp Greenville

Charles Hardin of Taylors © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pretty Place South Carolina

Charles Hardin of Taylors, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Symmes Chapel SC

Ralph Mayer of Lexington, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pretty Place Black and White

Jim Ferguson of Greenville, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Symmes Chapel

David Vanover of Boiling Springs, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Symmes Chapel Info

Address: 100 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, SC 29635
GPS Coordinates: 35.133563,-82.574764

Symmes Chapel Map

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37 Comments about Symmes Chapel

SCIWAY says:
October 1st, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Wonderful! We attached the photographer on an email, you should receive a copy. Thank you!

Dia Mercer says:
October 1st, 2017 at 11:02 am

We would like to buy the sunset picture of the chapel to have matted and framed for our home. Can you let us know who to contact?

Thank you!

Dia Mercer

GLen Stroud says:
November 12th, 2016 at 1:09 am

Very Spiritual……. Thank You – God Bless …….

Ann Smith Burton says:
July 31st, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I had 2 of the most wonderful experiences, witnessing a former 4th grade student get married and taking in the breath taking view from the Chapei on July 30 ,2016.

Donald Chambers says:
May 23rd, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Lookig forward to the wedding in June.

Debbie Clark says:
January 7th, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Pictures do not do this justice. More than gorgeous.

Donna says:
October 5th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

How crowded is it on a weekend in October for taking about 30 minutes worth of pictures?

Jennifer says:
July 9th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Can you visit any time? How much does it cost? Who do we talk to about going?

Tracy Gillette says:
June 21st, 2015 at 12:03 pm

I have added the Pretty Place chapel view to one of my “most beautiful places in the world” list. We have visited 5 years and hope to see it again!

Lela Fye says:
April 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

The photos are absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda S. Smith says:
January 31st, 2015 at 6:44 am

What a beautiful and spiritual place. Can't wait to visit.

Roger Coxe says:
January 15th, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Deborah McInnis Coxe

BradandCindy Holder says:
December 16th, 2014 at 12:43 am

This is the most amazing view I have ever seen. I can't wait to go back again.

Shelly Jackson says:
November 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Beautiful! Oh, my… so pretty. SC is so pretty.

Judie Johnson Boaen says:
November 19th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Simply gorgeous !

Tai To says:
October 7th, 2014 at 9:40 am

Look at the beautiful sunset !

SCIWAY says:
July 7th, 2014 at 8:13 am

The website for Camp Greenville is listed above the map. Hopefully, someone there can answer your questions. Best of luck!

Cindy Corbin says:
July 4th, 2014 at 11:16 am

How much does it cost to have a small wedding here, and how do you get a date to do it? Do we have to get someone to perform it?

SCIWAY says:
April 7th, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hi, Minnie! A trip to Pretty Place is a worthy goal! The chapel is part of a YMCA camp; the website is posted above the map, which should help you with planning a visit. It is a very popular wedding destination, so you will want to be sure one is not taking place when you go. Safe travels!

Minnie Foster says:
April 5th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

We are making a trip down this summer and would love to visit this amazing place. Does it cost anything, or is it open to the public?

Brittany says:
September 5th, 2013 at 11:11 am


Silverback says:
May 17th, 2013 at 6:30 am

Windy in places, but well worth the effort. I was there last week.

Nadine Padgett says:
April 28th, 2013 at 8:56 am

I would like to know about the road leading to the Chapel. Is it a steep and narrow road?
Thank you and Have A Blessed Day!

Joseph Baker says:
March 6th, 2013 at 8:06 am

According to Remembering Greenville, Photographs From The Coxe Collection, page 142: “John Harvey and Hazle Baker Cleveland donated a 28-acre mountain site for Camp Greenville. Hazle Baker Cleveland had called the spot Pretty Place.”

Pat Hardin says:
February 28th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

This gives me goose bumps seeing such a lovely place. My husband passed away April 4th 2012 and his name was Charles Hardin same as the man who took the pictures. He had brain cancer and really loved the lord.

Kay Sutton says:
February 28th, 2013 at 9:59 am

Being born in Gaffney, S.C. I have put this on my list as a must to visit. To beautiful to even describe from these pictures, and I hope to see it by being there one day soon. God has truly made a beautiful earth if we would all just stop and look around and we are so blessed.

Dianne Gregory says:
February 27th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Our son and daughter-in-law were married there June 11, 2011. Your pictures are gorgeous. Is there a way I could purchase a set?

Ken Miller says:
February 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am

We visited this beautiful chapel on Saturday with the one I love in hand and spent time taking in all of God’s beauty and spiritual connection. A kiss to remember for sure.

Maggie Westfall says:
January 29th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

My husband and I were engaged there back in 2008.

mimi says:
November 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much for taking me there with you today, and making me discover the beautiful and the holy places within my Head.

Cynthia Chilton says:
November 5th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I was so glad to see the beautiful pictures. This is a must see in South Carolina. When you walk through the doors of the Chapel, you will be in awe of the beauty. One of the Upstate’s most beautiful places.

Rev.Forrest A. Rupp Sr. says:
April 10th, 2012 at 2:39 am

Although I’ve never been to Symmes Chapel in person it reminds me of the Mountain of God. I hope that someday my wife Rhonda and I can see it in person.

Sallie says:
January 4th, 2012 at 11:31 am

Visited once with a group – awesome – hope to visit again one day.

Jenny says:
October 11th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The most peaceful place in SC …

Kelley Duenke says:
November 2nd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Wow — what a view!

SCIWAY says:
August 23rd, 2010 at 8:07 am

Hi Brenda! Symmes Chapel is owned by Camp Greenville, and they request that visitors check with them first before visiting the chapel. Here is a link to their website:

Brenda Gilbert says:
August 21st, 2010 at 1:44 pm

How do you get there!!


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