Saluda Shoals Park

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian
  • Water
  • Paved

Length:

10.0 miles

Type:

Network

Surface:

Paved, Natural

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Water Launch
  • Restrooms
  • Point of Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping

Summary:

It doesn’t get any better than Saluda Shoals Park... Trail heads at the Environmental Center are the perfect place to begin walking or bike riding on a variety of paved and unpaved trails.

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There are a series of paved and dirt connecting walkways within the park, but the featured trail is the paved  Greenway Trail, which runs the length of the park. You can begin this easy walking, multi-use, out-and-back trail from the canoe launch area or the Environmental Center parking area. All trails in the park are multi-use, but horses are not allowed on the paved sections. Most of the trails near the river are relatively flat, but hikers and mountain bikers will find some challenges as they move toward the interior of the park. The park also offers equestrian trails, as well as canoe and kayak rentals. The Lower Saluda Scenic River Trail begins at Saluda Shoals Park.

Restrooms are available at the Environmental Center and near the canoe launch area. Be aware that parts of this trail may be flooded after heavy rain. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months. Pets are permitted on leashes, but you must scoop up behind them. 

Note: Limited equestrian trails available—please stay on unpaved trails with horses.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Hours: Open daily 7 a.m. to sunset

Directions:

From downtown Columbia: Drive northwest on I-26 to Exit 104. Turn left onto Piney Grove Road and drive to St. Andrews Road. Turn right, then left at the first traffic light onto Bush River Road. The park entrance is 1.5 miles on the left. Enter the park and after you cross a bridge you will see the fee station. Continue to the Environmental Center, which is on the right, or continue to the end of the road to the canoe launch area.

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Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission | 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 | (803) 772-1228 | Email

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Lat: 34.04870009115431
Long: -81.17556109100691