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Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park

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Wonderful for Walks

The riverfront and canal walking trails are wonderful. There's plenty of room for bicyclists... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gainesville, Florida
Nice scenic walk

We stopped here, not knowing what to expect other than a view of the river. After taking the path... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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“pump house”(8 reviews)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The riverfront and canal walking trails are wonderful. There's plenty of room for bicyclists, pedestrians, dogs, roller skaters, etc. on the paved lanes, and there are trails that duck down to the water's edge if you're looking for something more challenging. Shade can be an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Echolynn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here, not knowing what to expect other than a view of the river. After taking the path around the city’s sanitary sewer facilities(!), we discerned the beautiful canal and river walk. We couldn’t see the waterfall side of the dam, but we did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mink52
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Mu husband and I take walks at the River front Walk amost every weekend when the weather is good. The renovations after flooding a few years ago are remarkable with wooden lattice wreas, well maintained paths, ample benches and some picnic tables. Usually on weekends...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank patriciaulku
Reviewed 15 October 2018

I am so glad we visited this place on our way out of town. There were so many interesting parts of the park, including old buildings that offered really neat backdrops for pictures, walking paths, bridges, statues, plaques, and information about the history of Columbia....More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank nikkic990
Reviewed 8 October 2018

The Canal Park Trail is a wide, flat paved path of 2.5 miles parallel to the Saluda River and the Columbia Canal. In all seasons it gives peaceful, colorful outlooks and has been improved each month with new plantings, widen footpaths and trimmings. You can...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank DeanLewis47
Reviewed 6 October 2018

I was told about this walking trail by the manager of the Staybridge where I was staying the night. It was only a couple blocks away so Lucy (my Weimeramer puppy) and I ventured out to find it. What a nice surprise. A well maintained...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

What a nice park! Easy to miss, but a gem once you locate the entrance. This park has a paved trail which is good for bike rides, strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers. Beautiful plants and benches offered shaded spots to stop and rest. Plaques along the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank S S
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Great place to walk right in downtown. Broad river has lots of rocks but they run 6-8 feet deep. Watch out when they release water upstream.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank richard s
Reviewed 5 August 2018

The Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park covers 167 acres. After parking the car and walking down to the canal/hydroelectric dam you have several options. You can go into the original water pump house for Columbia, you can view the old canal/hydroelectric plant dam, you can...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 4 August 2018

the flood really screwed things up but the upper end of the park is like nothing eve happened.. great place for all sorts of outdoor adventures. great, paved path that follows river for 2 and a half miles..

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank lugoffbob
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Response from 868thomasc | Reviewed this property |
There are wheelchair ramps
8 September 2017|
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Response from Binky_610 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know of.
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Response from Hrdresser5440 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone fishing. I am sure you can look it up on their website!