Parks & Trail Information

Saluda Shoals Park

5605 Bush River Road + 6071 St. Andrew Road

803 -772-1228

Visit beautiful Saluda Shoals Park, a regional 480-acre park cozied up against the Saluda River, a favorite with fly-fishermen, kayakers, walkers and bird-watchers. The paved 3.4-mile Greenway Trail meanders through a shady, wooded area along the Saluda, with benches and river views along the way. A total of 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails await! Visitors can rent men’s, women’s and youth sized Cruiser bicycles from 9:30am – 4pm. Canoes, tandem kayaks and solo kayaks are offered for rent daily from 9am – 4pm, ranging from 1-hour to all day rentals with boat shuttle service available (check on river conditions by calling 803-772-1228 or 803-213-2050). The Park offers picnic shelters, a river observation deck and an educational center with park-related exhibits as well. Admission is just $5 per car or mini-van (includes all occupants). Larger vehicles $7 – $11. Saluda Splash wrist bands $3. Park hours are: 7am-8:30pm daily.

Saluda Shoals Jazz Series

Fridays in April from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, come out to hear local Columbia Jazz artists perform. $10 per person with food, beer, and wine available additionally.
April 10th – Soda City Brass Band
April 25th – Flat Out Strangers

Pickin’ and Piggin’

Saturday, May 2nd, from 11am to 2:30pm, sample BBQ from over 20 different barbecue cookers, listen to live music, and relax by the water. Advance tickets are $10 for all ages. Day of event tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under).

Splash and Dash

Saturday, May 30th, from 8:30am to 10:30am, experience this Saluda Shoals Triathlon. This 7 mile adventure race is divided into 3 parts: a two mile run, a four mile bike, and one mile of river paddling, amidst the beautiful scenery of Saluda Shoals Park. Paddle equipment is provided but participants must bring an off-road bicycle and helmet. Max limit of 3 members per team, must be 18 or older, register early to receive T-Shirts. $50 per 2 person team, $75 per 3 person team before May 10th $60 per 2 person team, $90 per 3 person team after May 10th

Harbison State Forest

5500 Broad River Rd

Bounded along its northeastern edge by the Broad River, Harbison Environmental Education Forest encompasses 2,137 acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia. This unique urban location offers over thirty one miles of roads and trails that weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River. Enjoy trails designed for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A canoe landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes as a put in or take out from the river (be sure to complete a float plan). Parking pass: $5

Congaree National Park

100 National Park Road, Hopkins

803-776-4396

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 long and rises above the scenic swamp with champion trees rising as high as skyscrapers! Grab a self-guided walk brochure! Nature Discovery walk stakes place every Saturday; Big Tree Hike takes place April 11, May 9, and Jun 13 from 1-4pm. Synchronized Firefly Event happens in June and attendance this year will be available only through a lottery. Open 24/7, 365 days a year!

Dreher Island State Park

3677 State Park Road, Prosperity

803-364-4152

  • Three Islands, 348 acres, and 12 miles of Lake Murray Shoreline
  • Access to 50,000-acre Lake Murray;
    recreational water activities,
    nature trails & striped and largemouth
    bass fishing spots
  • 10 picnic shelters & 3 boat ramps w/
    private boat access
  • 3 playgrounds, 3 trails & Geocaching is
    permitted
  • Guest cottages and campsites available
  • Admission / Open dawn to dusk

Sesquicentennial State Park

9564 Two Notch Rd.

803-788-2706

  • 1,419 acres including a 30-acre lake
  • Two mile walking trail around the
    lake with another 3.5 mile loop hiking
    and biking trail
  • Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail is 6.1 miles of singletrack through a pine forest with a fast and sandy bottom.
  • Boat rentals 9AM – 4PM
  • 2-acre dog park that is member and fee based ($25/year per dog).
  • Admission / Open: 7AM – 9PM daily

The Palmetto Trail

The Peak to Prosperity Passage proceeds west from the Alston trailhead in Fairfield County across the impressive Broad River trestle. The view from the 1,100-foot-long bridge is spectacular, especially when bald eagles soar by. Across the river in Newberry County, the rail-trail skirts Peak and cuts an easy swath through piedmont forest to Pomaria and Prosperity. Along the passage, 14 wooden trestles span the meandering Crims Creek where German immigrants settled in the 1730s. The area is known as the Dutch Fork. Check out the smart/cell phone tour while hiking to learn more about the Dutch Fork’s history and wildlife.

Three Rivers Greenway

Hands down, our rivers and the banks along them, are the most beautiful and striking natural asset of the Columbia area. If you enjoy a quiet walk or bike ride, head to one of the twelve of the sections of the Greenway. New sections are added as funding and work is accomplished, including two new sections: the Boyd Island Sanctuary and the Saluda Riverwalk. The Saluda Riverwalk connects an area along the Saluda River with the Columbia Canal.

  • Granby Park: Park off Laurel St. behind the AFLAC building on Huger St. Offers a 2.5 mile walk along the City of Columbia side the Broad River above the confluence with the Saluda River. 100 Catawba cir, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Columbia Canal & Riverfront Park: Follows the banks of the Congaree River in Cayce and West Columba. The walkway is paved and made up of boardwalks and bridges, winding under old trees. 312 Laurel St, Columbia, SC, 29201
  • West Columbia Riverwalk Park & Amphitheatre: Combines a walk through the woods and over Congaree Creek with a walk along the river. Recently annexed to the Cayce Riverwalk. 109 Alexander Rd, West Columbia, SC, 29169
  • Cayce Riverwalk: 201 Naples Ave, Cayce, SC, 29033 and 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC 29033