Description: This flat, easy walking, paved trail follows the old towpath of the Columbia Canal, which
had a brief career in the 19th century, but became obsolete because of
the railroads. From the parking area, follow the paved walkway past
the Visitor's Center and cross the Columbia Canal on the footbridge. Turn right to enjoy a walk/ride atop the levee
separating the canal from the Congaree and Broad Rivers. You will pass
an amphitheater, a picnic shelter, and several
overlooks with benches, which provide a place to stop a minute and enjoy the
sounds of birds. During the springtime you may also see spider lilies
on rocky shoals of the river. The trail ends at
the canal diversion dam, which provides a miniature impersonation
of Niagara Falls after heavy rains. On your return, you can vary your
walk by descending a stairway and following the lower paved
section along the river. Although there is stairway at each end of
this section, there is ramp at the Broad River Overpass.
You can also turn left and walk to, or start from
Edventure, but be aware that the gate at the power plant may be
Main trail is
2.9 miles one-way. Add approximately 0.3 mile from the parking area. Lower section from stairway to stairway is
approximately 1.0 mile.
From downtown Columbia, drive west to Huger Street and turn toward
Interstate 26. At Laurel Street turn left (west). Laurel dead-ends
into the parking area for Riverfront Park.
You can also park at the State Museum and start behind Edventure.
Dawn to dusk.
Columbia Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal, 312 Laurel St.,
Columbia, SC, 29201.
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation
Department, 1932 Calhoun St., Columbia, SC, 29201.
Updated: June 2, 2008
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