About the Tyger River Foundation

Who We Are

The Tyger River Foundation is a Spartanburg-based non-profit dedicated to long-term conservation efforts within the Tyger River Basin and improving quality of life in the Upstate.

Our mission is to promote, protect and restore the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin and encourage an active outdoor lifestyle. 

The Foundation was formed to address a void in our operating area of a local, unified organization with our mission. A group of concerned citizens took on the challenge and established the Tyger River Foundation in 2007.

The  Foundation brings a focused long-term vision and sustainable plan to protect, promote and restore the Tyger River Basin for public use and enjoyment. The Foundation’s efforts will protect and conserve land within the Tyger River Basin, increase opportunities for healthy, active living and boost Spartanburg’s economic engine through tourism.

Over the past five years, the Foundation has acquired and begun restoration on Anderson Mill, a 200-year old grist mill registered as the oldest standing mill in South Carolina and the birthplace of Spartanburg County government; organized a number of river sweeps and clean-up projects within the Basin; and opened the County’s first public park and river access point on the Tyger River, the Tyger-10 Nature Park.

We are participating in several local projects and will eventually expand throughout our operating area.  If you share our mission, we welcome your support and participation!

Operating Area

Our approximate operating area is the entire Tyger River Basin, which extends from above SC Highway 11 in Greenville County through Spartanburg and Union Counties to where the Tyger River joins the Broad River. 

It is an area rich in natural beauty and historic value. In a 2010 study by Upstate Forever, the Tyger River was listed as one of six Conservation Focus Areas in Spartanburg County. Touted as a healthy, vibrant eco-system, the Tyger River offers dense wooded areas, rich soil, flowing waters, a flourishing bird population and abundant historical sites including notable homes, farms, mills, and factories.

Spartanburg families deserve to experience the green spaces and historical landmarks surrounding the Tyger River Basin, as to generations to come.

The Tyger River Foundation is ensuring just that.


Our organizational structure consists of a 12-member, volunteer-based board of directors, an advisory committee and project committees operating under the direction of the board.  We are an independent organization but partner with many local organizations including:

  • SJWD Water District
  • City of Greer Parks & Recreation 
  • Upstate Forever
  • USC Upstate’s Watershed Ecology Center
  • Spartanburg County Historical Association
  • Clemson Extension Service for Spartanburg County
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • SC State Parks (Musgrove Mill/Blackstock’s Battlefield)
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS)
  • The Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Spartanburg County Parks Department
  • National Parks Service
  • The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills

For a list of our corporate donors, click here.