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.

Waccamaw River

Kelly Lee Brosky of Conway, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Victoria Shirley of Conway © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge

Chris Austin of Charlotte, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Conway River Walk

Susan Klavohn Bryant of Mount Pleasant, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Reflections on the Conway Riverwalk

Contributor Susan Klavohn Bryant shares, “My sister and I stopped for lunch in Conway yesterday and discovered the Riverwalk Park and beautiful Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge. What a beautiful scenic park with access to the river.”

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Conway Riverwalk Info

Address: 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Conway Riverwalk Map

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5 Comments about Conway Riverwalk

Joseph Whitcomb, Jr.No Gravatar says:
July 18th, 2014 at 7:57 am

Is fishing allowed at the Conway Riverwalk? Beautiful view both from land and water. I like the idea that there is a marina there where you can rent boats.

Sandy BruggerNo Gravatar says:
September 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This is a beautiful walk, I look forward to this every time I head to South Carolina. Quiet, serene and just a wonderful walk for daydreaming!

Joyce ParkerNo Gravatar says:
June 20th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Is there any parking at the start of the river walk? How long is the river walk? Is there a map available?

Lorene FoxNo Gravatar says:
February 27th, 2013 at 11:08 am

How do I get to this place from Columbia… I would love to photograph the area and walk the Riverwalk …. Thank you!

Roy HigginsNo Gravatar says:
August 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am

Are people permitted to fish from the Riverwalk in Conway?


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