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Three Rivers Greenway

May 6, 2019
Under the Gervais St. Bridge (photo: Kathy Gardener)

Walkways and boardwalks run along each of Columbia’s three big rivers and are perfect places for a summer stroll. Take a walk with a friend or exercise beside the Midlands’ three flowing rivers – Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers – 9.5 miles of pathways with picnic tables, benches and places for quiet contemplation. You’ll love it!

RIVERFRONT PARK AND COLUMBIA CANAL

  • The flat, easy-walking, 2 1/2-mile Park and Canal path follows the old towpath of the Columbia Canal, which was used to tow cargo barges during the 19th century. Benches for resting make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Broad River. In the Spring, you can see the rare spider lilies blooming out among the rocky shoals.
  • Parking: 312 Laurel Street

CAYCE RIVERWALK

  • Enjoy the tranquil Congaree from the west side of the river. The Riverwalk offers beautiful views of the Congaree from its lighted paved paths, bridges, boardwalks and overlooks. Restrooms available. Information on the City of Cayce website here.

Parking

  • Timmerman Trail: 3796 12th Street Extension, Cayce
  • The 12,000 Year History Trail: Cayce Tennis Center, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce
  • The Battlefield Connection: 180 Granby Landing Road, Cayce (Thomas Newman Boat Landing)
  • Cayce Riverwalk: 157 Old State Road, Cayce OR 321 Lyles Street, Cayce OR 201 Naples Avenue, Cayce
  • Riverland Park: 2601 Riverland Drive, Cayce

West Columbia Riverwalk

The West Columbia portion of the Riverwalk features restrooms, an amphitheatre (outdoor concerts in Spring and Fall), picnic tables, tubing rentals and more.

  • West Columbia Riverwalk (Alexander Road): 121 Alexander Street, West Columbia OR 100 Riverside Drive, West Columbia

Historical Wayside Exhibits

There are historical and educational wayside exhibits along the Three Rivers Greenway, as well. These wayside exhibits focus on historical, native wildlife and other educational aspects that the area has to offer.

Artwork

There are many different forms of art work located along the Greenway:

  • The restrooms at the north end of Riverfront Park, West Columbia Riverwalk, and Cayce Riverwalk all have bathroom tiles that have been decorated by local children at public schools located near that portion of Greenway. The tiles at the northern portion of Riverfront Park were painted by Logan Elementary in 2004. The tiles at the West Columbia and Cayce bathrooms were painted by Saluda River Academy for the Arts.
  • There are steel silhouettes of three Civil War-era riders located at the corner of Alexander Road and Meeting Street. A steel silhouette of a Revolutionary War-era dragoon is located at the southern portion of the Cayce Riverwalk at Lyles Street.
  • A painted mural representing the steamboat The Ruth II is located underneath the Knox Abbott Drive Bridge on the Cayce Riverwalk portion of the Three Rivers Greenway. The mural was painted by local artist Ralph Waldrop & sponsored by the Leadership Columbia Class of 2004.

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