Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Just east of the thriving city of Spartanburg, Glendale is a perfect setting for an outdoor leadership school. The town sits on a ridge above the dramatic shoals of Lawson's Fork of the Pacolet River, making it an ideal place to learn how to kayak and enjoy our blueways. Nearby Croft State Park offers the school a convenient location for teaching mountain biking, hiking and more.

The existing buildings have limitless possibilities...from a place to learn how to use ropes courses and gain other skills helpful when participating in outdoor recreation, to a site for overnight leadership retreats, to a place to gather for educational seminars and environmental education. The educational component is key to teaching the importance of being wise stewards of our state's vast natural resources.

The Local Hiker is a proud partner with GOLS. If you have any questions about the school or you are interested in any programs that GOLS may offer do not hesitate to contact GOLS by emailing

Glendale's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Sunday December 2nd at 7 pm

FREE community event complete with light refreshments, holiday music and a visit from a very special guest!

Dickens of a Christmas

November  27th

6-9pm (extended store hours)

Dickens is one of our favorite downtown events! The streets are transformed to a beautiful Victorian themed era filled with sites and sounds of the holiday season. The evening is topped off with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Denny's Plaza right beside the shop. In addition to all that, we will have sweet treats for guest and live music performed by Backline in the store!

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Established in October of 2013, The Local Hiker is a locally owned business on the east end of Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. Our purpose here in the upstate is to educate, encourage and equip those looking to get in the outdoors.  We want to ensure everyone has a great experience whether they're hiking, biking, climbing, camping or even surfing and the appropriate equipment is step one.  We have it all from sunscreen to sleeping bags and everything in between. Paired with a knowledgeable and friendly staff that will provide the proper guidance, you can rest assured your business is safe here at The Local Hiker.


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