Conway Riverwalk – Conway, South Carolina
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Conway is known as South Carolina’s historic river town. This quaint little town is often overlooked by vacationers who pass through on their way to Myrtle Beach. However, for those who do stop, taking a walk along the Conway riverwalk provides a special treat.
The riverwalk is a great place to stroll along the meandering Waccamaw River. Not only can you enjoy this famous blackwater river, but you will also come across rustic wooden buildings, a playground, marinas, picnic tables, and an elegant inn. At the end of the trail is a magnificent arboretum that features a wide variety of trees and plants.
Conway has a long and proud history dating back to the early 1700s. Much of its downtown area is listed in the National Historic Register. The riverwalk is part of a historical walking trail, which features many buildings, homes, churches, and other places that define the early days of the town.
The Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge, pictured above, can be seen along the riverwalk. The bridge was constructed in 1937 to honor Horry County citizens who served this country in wars from the American Revolution to World War I. Its unique architecture and influence on the early development of the Grand Strand earned it a place in the National Historic Register.
The bridge spans 1,270 feet and has long vertical and horizontal curves. Its cast-iron lamp posts and Gothic-styled arches are described as “lavish” compared to other bridges in our state by the SC Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
A small, one-lane bridge connected Conway with the Grand Strand area in the early 1900s. When the larger Waccamaw Memorial Bridge replaced it, the area saw tremendous growth and development. Its total construction cost of $370,000 was a small price to pay for the significant impact it had on local prosperity.