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“Nice park” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
803-731-5208
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Ranked #4 of 53 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Wheeling, West Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We went to bike ride there since our hotel was nearby after only getting to ride briefly at Riverfront Park the night before - got in later than expected and it got dark on us. Since we had to leave that day, I thought Saluda would be easier to get to and have similar scenery. Comparing the two, I wish I'd opted to go back to Riverfront instead as it was prettier and free but to be fair, Saluda is a nice park with lots of trails. We went on both paved and natural trails and enjoyed both. The main problem was it took us nearly a half hour to figure out how to go where we wanted. The map has the trails named and colored but no names or color markers on the actual trails themselves and since some of them cross each other or are close by, it was fairly confusing/frustrating until we got it right. For example, in one area, the Bluebird trail and the horse trail, which are natural trails, are more or less parallel for some way - the only way I was sure we were on Bluebird as opposed to the horse trail was that there were bluebird nesting boxes every so often. The river is nice and clear, there are some things specially for kids, a nice boardwalk over a small bog, etc. It's a good park overall but since being in Columbia was possibly a one-time visit for us, if I had to do it over again, I'd go back to Riverfront.

Visited October 2012
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Ormond Beach
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85 reviews 85 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Fun for all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Good park to cool off in for the kids at the splash area. The park offers picinic areas and a nice area just to walk and enjoy nature. Clean and friendly staff - never over crowded.

Visited June 2012
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Lexington, South Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice walking/hiking park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We carried are 2 year old grandbaby, thought there might be a swimming area. There is an area to get wet but you have to pay extra for that in addition to the park entrance fee. Lots of nature trails though.

Visited July 2012
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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“What Columbia Needed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Glad to see that Columbia now has a nice,clean park for families. There are many trails, nice facilities, and have canoe/kayak rentals available. During the summer the park offers day camps for children and during Christmas they offer the best drive thru light display in the Midlands.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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231 reviews 231 reviews
86 attraction reviews
Reviews in 110 cities Reviews in 110 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Great park with a lot to do.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We have been there twice. Once for hiking and exploring and once for a child's birthday party. Both times we were impressed with the facilities and the helpfulness of the staff. There is a Splash Park for kids - - water shoots out of the concrete and sprays from from metal structures. Good time for $3 per kid. The trails are well marked and many of them are paved. Overall an excellent time.

Visited August 2012
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