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Riverfront Park

Bridge at Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park opened in 1983 for recreational usage of the land where the original waterworks for the City of Columbia was situated. This was also the site of the world's first electrically operated textile mill and the hydroelectric plant, the oldest one in the state, is still operating.

Riverfront Park Gazebo
The park, which separates the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, is approximately 167 acres and is just west of Huger Street. A popular jogging/walking trail runs two and one half miles along the linear park and offers wonderful views of the river. There is also a beautiful brick amphitheater as well as a self-guided walkway by the old parts of the water plant. The park hosts several events annually such as Riverfest, Greekfest and several smaller concerts.

Riverfront Playground
For the little ones, there is a playground with picnic tables on the far side the parking lot. (It is not shaded so watch for overheating in summer.) Further down the park, you will find a shady spot with benches overlooking the river. Bathrooms are located right before the bridge over the canal, next to the Visitor's Center.

Riverfront Park Canal Sign

To get there, take the Huger St. exit to Laurel St. Go right on Laurel and the road ends at the parking lot for the park/ From downtown, take Laurel St. west.

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