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Green Hole, Greystone Boulevard: 1980s (access closed)   14 comments

Posted at 2:00 am in attraction,landmark

I didn't know much about Green Hole back in the day. In fact I didn't even know where it was. I just knew that it was a place where the cool kids hung out and did cool things. Listening to some stories at various class reunions, I'm a little surprised that all the cool kids managed to live to grow up.. :-)

Since I started Columbia Closings, the topic of Green Hole has come up a number of times in the comments, and finally someone mentioned where it was and I was able to locate it on google maps. Apparently the hole itself is an old abandoned quarry pit, and is located between Greystone Boulevard and Stoneridge drive, bounded by Clear Channel Radio, Greystone Boulevard, Jim Hudson Hyundai, the old Stivers Lincoln-Mercury, and a condo complex.

Back in the 70s I think that the place was regarded as rather remote, and was just off in the woods, undeveloped. Nowdays, the condo complex has surrounded it and put boardwalks over parts of it -- I probably could have brazened my way onto those, but I decided to leave that for another day, and stuck pretty much to taking pictures around the edges.

OK, cool kids! Now is your chance to tell your stories in the comments. I gather that they mainly involve minimal adult supervision, maximal beer and deep, deep water..

UPDATE 8 March 2012 -- OK, I wasn't really happy with the way the pictures above came out. Actually looking down at the place, I could get the details, but in a picture it just looks like a bunch of clutter. To fix that, I went into the condo complex and got the much better shots below:

UPDATE 10 March 2012: Here is one woman's memory of Green Hole.

And here is a short video of some kids taking the plunge around 2010 (some nsfw language).

Written by ted on March 7th, 2012

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  1. The quarry opened sometime in the late 1800s. Contrary to popular legend, the granite for the State House did not come from here.

    Tom

    7 Mar 12 at 11:12 am

  2. My old high school gang did a little hanging out at Green Hole. It always scared me because I am essentially a non-swimmer. But it was exciting to hike through the woods and have our own place to drink beer and act crazy. They would swing out on ropes and hit the green water in a way you could not do anywhere else. Of course there were tales of what was sunk in the absurdly deep water -- everything from moonshine runners' cars (with their corpses still at the wheel!) to freight trains (with the conductors' corpses still at the handle!) to jilted lovers' hot rods (with their corpses still at the wheel!).

    Dennis

    7 Mar 12 at 8:02 pm

  3. Dennis,

    I think I am sensing a theme..

    ted

    7 Mar 12 at 11:10 pm

  4. I enjoyed the greenhole in 1979-1981,guess I was 14 or 15,it would not have taken much of a mistake to lose your life or the use of your legs.It really could be treacherous right at the edges of the pit.There were several different ledges that you could jump off of.Ones near the surface of the water and graduating upwards.I remember it taking me about 2 hours to work up the courage,or the crazy to jump from the highest ledge there was,you had to get a running start and then jump.I know it was ninety feet down to the water.When you did finally hit the surface of the water,you smacked it hard.I have not cliff dived again since then.The old legends about what's down there on the bottom.I always heard that there were old steam engines down there.Forty feet down was deep enough for me,I usually had just enough air in my lungs to get back topside.Cool website y'all have here.

    a different Tom

    8 Mar 12 at 2:08 am

  5. Thanks Tom,

    Take a look at the "Alphabetical Closings" link at the top of the page, and have a look around!

    ted

    8 Mar 12 at 2:47 am

  6. Wow! I pass by here twice a day an didn't notice it til after reading this!

    Alicia

    12 Mar 12 at 10:06 pm

  7. We used to go out there when I was in high school in the mid 80's. We would drink beer and jump off rocks down into the water. It seems there was some pretty high cliffs down there too. I jumped off big drops a couple of times. I remember people talking about cars and trains being down at the bottom. The cops would bust people for going out there sometimes. We quit going and started doing the river.

    Tim

    19 Mar 12 at 9:17 am

  8. My high school buddies and I would go there in the mid 70's. a different tom said it all, just the way I remember it.

    Rick

    1 Apr 12 at 6:21 pm

  9. This spot came up in a discussion this morning, and of course I rushed back to Google it. Once again you've come through for me Ted!

    Matthew

    1 May 12 at 8:33 am

  10. I used to live in Quail Valley across from Irmo High School in 1974-1978. We used to hitch rides to Greenhole and stay all day. As we got older, Chuck got a mustang and we would pack in and-go to Greenhole all day or until we were booted out. I then moved-got older, joined the ARMY. On weekends from Ft. Jackson, I went to
    Greenhole-1983. These were good times!!! The rope swing is missing!!! By the way, if you climbed the rope into the pine tree, it was a few feet higher than the BIG cliff and it really did hurt when you hit the water-being fearless at 20 and assisted by beer, it was a no-brainer!!! By the way-at the bottom of the BIG cliff, there is a Jeep way down-Chuck brought up a trim peice from it in 1978. Long thread I know, but Greenhole was a magical place to teenagers....myself included

    Darrel

    12 Jun 12 at 4:30 pm

  11. While I was too young for the Green Hole, I had similar experiences at the end of Old Rapids Road, right off of 6. There was even a cliff. You can still access it, but you have to do it from the Saluda River. Anyone?

    jonathan

    12 Jun 12 at 5:00 pm

  12. I now live in the complex around Greenhole. Nice to see some info and stories about it. Though I would never jump in, it's great scenery.

    Nick

    25 Oct 12 at 7:11 am

  13. In the late '70's this was a very remote spot. During the summer, there was nothing like cooling off here after a day of outside work. When I went back years later and saw the condos I almost started crying.

    Chris Rosenbusch

    15 Jan 13 at 2:28 pm

  14. Found this Googling the Greenhole and I even knew about this site but never knew it was listed! How awesome! I came here with my boyfriend at the time Marty Graves when I was 16, he was a football player I think for Irmo (hornets?) and I remember he said his sister Ginger whoworked with me came here often. Not only was there a knotted rope swing there was a rickity old canoe with a single oar that was left by the gazebo for common use and we went one night late out on the water sans lifejackets and canoed the Greenhole. It was magical with all the moss hanging down and undeveloped at the time so you could see stars above, very quiet except for millions of frogs! Truly a shame its developed, it was quite wonderful back in 1986 when I was there

    Autumn-Skye

    8 Feb 13 at 1:00 am

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