River Front Park and Historic Columbia Canal

Richland - Columbia - River Front Park by museum 01

Located along the Congaree and Broad River is a greenway perfect for walking and jogging. Although damaged by the 2015 October flood, most, if not all, is open again. The park opened in 1983 and is a nice place to bring guests of out of town. I’ve done that several times and my visitors have always enjoyed the walk. It’s wheelchair accessible, but there is a bit of a slope from the parking lot to the path.

The 167 acre park separates the Congaree River from the Historic Columbia canal. Here is where the first waterworks for Columbia was located, the site of the world’s first textile mile to be powered by electricity.

Richland - Columbia - Riverfront Park - trail

From the two and a half mile trail one has great views of the Congaree and the confluence of the Broad and Saluda River that make up the Congaree River. You can walk through one of the pump houses of the waterworks. The hydroelectric plant, by the way, is the oldest one in the state and still operating.

The Columbia canal is one of several canals built by the state in 1824 to provide access to settlements in the upstate. Indentured Irishmen worked on this.

How to get there

312 Laurel Street (At the end of Laurel St. Behind the AT&T office off Huger St.)

Once can also access it by the State Museum and EdVenture on Gervais near the Gervais Street Bridge




What’s close by:

Historic Downtown Columbia

State House

various parks in Columbia

University of South Carolina

State Museum and EdVenture


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