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Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park

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Address: 312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-733-8613
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For some reason I never realized this Riverfront Park was here. I had heard about it but never quite knew where it was. But when we finally took the time to find it, I was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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200 reviews 200 reviews
43 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

For some reason I never realized this Riverfront Park was here. I had heard about it but never quite knew where it was. But when we finally took the time to find it, I was very pleased at what I found. The area around the historic canal and river have been redone with walking paths so everyone from serious runners... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed the history of the Columbia water works. The paths are very well maintained and the views of the river are incredible.

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Moultonborough
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The river is pretty. Much of the downstream part of the park is closed as private, but you can walk up to the hydro station. The area is very clean and felt safe. There was a dog-bag dispenser, and dogs are welcome.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The two ends of the canal path are very different with more development and paved parking on the southern end and a dirt road and parking on the northern end (off of Broad River Road). I like this contrast as it provides two options to suit my mood. Also, the Northern end has a dam to add to the experience... More 

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Anderson,SC
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were able to get in at the end of the day and didn't have tons of time. The history of the place was interesting. Many plaques to read. The grounds around the House are interesting as well.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Was looking for a nice place to talk after the zoo and came upon this park. There was plenty of parking so after that I made my way down to the river to take a walk and enjoyed the peace and the nice scenery. I also stopped and took some photos at the old pumping station. My only complaint is... More 

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Saint Marys, GA
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a very nice place to take a walk or run , I felt safe. Beautiful view of river and canal. Easy to access and park.

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glendora, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

the write up exceeded the view and it was hard to locate the canal as the info was not helpful don't waste your time if you have other things to see and do

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great for dog walkers and joggers, but to be truthful, I wouldn't go alone. It's beautiful in the Spring.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The canal walk on the Columbia side of the Congaree River is a great trail. The only downside is that one can not go from Coble Plaza to the canal walk as the city? has a 100 yard part gated off. This kills the flow and there is no way to get from the relatively new area near Gervais St... More 

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