I'm a hiker as well. Brevard, NC is 45 minutes away and this is our family's favorite place to hike. It's a beautiful land of waterfalls and lush scenery. We have family in Asheville, NC, which is only about an hour away and there is so much to see and do in this area. Black Mountain is really nice and quaint. Also, the beaches in Charleston, SC are within 3 hours away. Greenville is an incredible place to live! You can take your dogs downtown with you too to eat in some of the outdoor cafes. You must visit Falls Park when you are here. Take your dogs, a picnic, and enjoy the eclectic vibe of Greenville. Contact me if I can help you further. I'd love to assist.
The northern part of the county is also very popular with cyclists and there are a number of resources for cycling information, trail maps, etc., especially from the Hincapie brothers, Rich and George. You should look up their projects, Pla d'Adet and Hotel Domestique, both of which are geared towards cyclists.
You sound like Greenville people!
However, who buys with a $250000 price range gap?
Tighten that up by narrowing your preferred criteria - like what is a good sized lot and what exactly are amenities... Otherwise you could go from Paris Mountain to Chanticleer and back and find probably 30 houses that meet your basic criteria.
Lorrie Renfrow 864-525-2789
United Country-Upstate Realty of SC