We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park

Closed Now: 07:00 - 21:00
Open today: 07:00 - 21:00
Review Highlights

What a nice park! Easy to miss, but a gem once you locate the entrance. This park has a paved... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Interesting walk

Great place to walk right in downtown. Broad river has lots of rocks but they run 6-8 feet deep... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
richard s
Bradenton, Florida
Read all 332 reviews
All photos (175)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“nice walk”(23 reviews)
“pump house”(7 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 07:00 - 21:00
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
312 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201-2234
+1 803-733-8613
Reviews (332)
Filter reviews
325 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsnice walkgreat place to walkpump housechristopher columbuspaved trailbike ridehistorical markerscongaree riverbroad riverexercisedamrunnersbenchesjogpicnicscenerynature
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 325 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank S S
Reviewed 8 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.

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

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..

1  Thank lugoffbob
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This Riverwalk is well maintained and beautiful natural views. The canal is on one side and the river flows on the other. Beautiful trees stand majestically along the river side path. There are 1/4 mile markers along the path so you can plot out your...More

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Very nice for walking. Seemed separated into two paths - the upper one along the canal and the lower along and closer to the river. Lower is more shaded and through the woods Both are flat and paved. Good for elderly or those who have...More

1  Thank waltshafr
Reviewed 18 July 2018

While in Columbia to visit Riverbanks Zoo, we decided to take our grandchildren (ages 2 & 4) on a walk early in the morning at the Columbia Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal. We were pleased with the ample parking, smooth path, and restrooms found...More

Thank Moe2424
Reviewed 16 July 2018

I enjoy going here to walk or run the view is wonderfully peaceful. Great place for children also. I often see families on bike rides through here

Thank Makonya H
Reviewed 3 July 2018

The canal has a neat selection of trails--one on top of the canal's bank, and one that runs along the river. Both are easily marked and well-kept.

Thank SCC1992
Reviewed 13 June 2018

My wife and I undertook the walk along Riverfront park on a day where the weather was not too hot. It is a well maintained path, good signage and large enough for both walkers and cyclists (although we never encountered any cyclists). We saw plenty...More

3  Thank paulgrantconsulting
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 98 hotels in Columbia
Staybridge Suites Columbia
490 reviews
.22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown
229 reviews
.23 miles away
SpringHill Suites Columbia Downtown/The Vista
431 reviews
.49 miles away
Aloft Columbia Downtown
155 reviews
.70 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,052 restaurants in Columbia
Lizard's Thicket Restaurant
349 reviews
.60 miles away
Grill Marks
222 reviews
.71 miles away
Twisted Spur Brewing
106 reviews
.70 miles away
Gervais & Vine
191 reviews
.66 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 182 attractions in Columbia
Gervais Street Bridge
23 reviews
.60 miles away
South Carolina State Museum
561 reviews
.47 miles away
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
97 reviews
.46 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
30 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Thomas C | Reviewed this property |
There are wheelchair ramps
8 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Binky_610 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know of.
12 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Danielle L | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone fishing. I am sure you can look it up on their website!