Riverfront Park & Historic Columbia Canal


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Most trails and outdoor spaces are open, and outdoor recreation is encouraged. Please follow outdoor recreation social distancing guidelines and trail etiquette. Be respectful of others, and call ahead if there's uncertainty regarding the trail being open (contact information can be found on each trail page).

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Paved


4.0 miles





Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Point of Interest
  • Scenic Observation
  • Parking
  • Exercise Station
  • Visitor Center
  • Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


This beloved City of Columbia park provides a flat, easy-walking, paved trail that follows the old towpath of the Columbia Canal—which had a brief career in the 19th century, but became obsolete because of the railroads.

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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. This Three Rivers Greenway 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.

The trail will eventually connect to EdVenture. There is a boardwalk section already completed (known as Bicentennial Park) with stellar views of the Gervais Street Bridge and Congaree River. Columbia's Riverfront Park is a component of the Palmetto Trail.

Hours: Dawn to dusk


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.

South Riverfront Park Address: 312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | North Riverfront Park Address: 4210 River Drive, Columbia, SC 29201


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City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department | 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203 | (803) 545-3100 | Email

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Lat: 34.01770490046989
Long: -81.06172679492887