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Discover: Columbia’s Parks

March 4, 2019

We may not be near a beach or the mountains, but Columbia is no small fry when it comes to accessible nature preserves. Between Saluda Shoals Park, Congaree National Park, Dreher Island State Park, Sesquicentennial State Park, the Riverbanks Zoo and more, we’re fairly spoiled for choice.

Well, we’ve got whole articles devoted to Saluda Shoals and Riverbanks Zoo, which you can read here and here, respectively, but we want to tell you a bit more about some of the other gems in the area.

Congaree National Park

100 National Park Road | 803-776-4396 | Open 24/7, 365 days a year!

Put your hands in your pockets and keep your head on a swivel, because this tranquil stroll through South Carolina’s only National Park is truly something else.

The Congaree boardwalk is more than 2 miles of flat trail that cuts through the scenic swamp. Check it out today, but don’t forget to grab a self-guided walk brochure!

Dreher Island State Park

3677 State Park Road | 803-364-4152 | Open Dawn to Dusk, 7 Days a Week!

This diverse park boasts nearly 350 acres of land, and a whopping 12 miles of the Lake Murray Shoreline!

Featuring scenic hikes, fishing, boat ramps, picnic shelters, campsites, and more, Dreher Island State Park is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Sesquicentennial State Park

9564 Two Notch Road | 804-788-2706 | Open 8 AM – 6 PM (9 PM starting on 3/10 for DST) Daily!

This beautiful wildlife preserve rests just miles outside of Columbia. Featuring 1,419 acres of lands, a 30-acre lake with a two mile walking t rail, and a 3.5 mile loop for hiking and biking. Visitors can also rent boats between 9 AM and 4 PM!

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