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.
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