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Three Rivers Greenway – West Columbia, South Carolina

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The Three Rivers Greenway in Columbia, West Columbia, and Cayce provides residents with a network of trails and parks centered around the rivers that flow through the capital city. From paved walking trails visitors can see where the Broad and Saluda rivers join to form the Congaree River. Forested paths and scenic river overlooks make the Greenway a popular place to relax after work or enjoy on the weekends.

Shelly O’Brien, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Greenway is the result of the combined efforts of the aforementioned municipalities along with other private groups and businesses, including the Riverbanks Zoo, River Alliance, the Central Midlands Council of Governments, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation, to name a few. The first phase of the Greenway – Granby Park in Cayce – was completed in 1998. With a goal of stretching the Greenway to 12 miles, nearly 11 miles are currently complete. The most recent phase, called the Timmerman Trail, was built buy SCANA and completed in 2014. Many sections of the park feel far removed from the major city that surrounds it, while others afford spectacular views of the Columbia skyline.

Columbia Three Rivers

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Not only is Three Rivers Greenway a great place to go for a stroll or bicycle ride along the river banks, but visitors can even catch a play or listen to live music at the amphitheater just off the Gervais Street Bridge on the West Columbia side of the Congaree River. For those who prefer water activities, there are a number of fishing spots and convenient kayak and canoe access points. In the late spring, rocky shoal spider lilies (Hymenocallis coronaria) bloom in a dramatic display.

Three Rivers

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Extreme flooding in 2015 closed the park temporarily. There are several places to access the Greenway throughout the cities that support it. For more on the Three Rivers Greenway, be sure to visit the River Alliance, an organization that is working hard to promote the rivers of Columbia and the opportunities they provide.

Three Rivers Columbia

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Three Rivers Columbia SC

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Three Rivers Greenway

SCIWAY thanks Shelly O’Brien for submitting the photo at the top of this page. She writes, “This photo is looking toward where the Broad and Saluda rivers join to become the Congaree. It’s beautiful, too. There are rapids that boaters and kayakers float down and huge boulders down the center where you can stop and enjoy the river. Between the three trees in my shot and the frame on the right there is a guy out on the rocks with his dog. It looked like he was reading the paper and sitting on a large inner-tube! A fabulous day – sunny, nearly 80 degrees. It was wonderful.”

Three Rivers Greenway Info

Address: Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC 29208
GPS Coordinates: 33.994279,-81.053196

Three Rivers Greenway Map

Three Rivers Greenway – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Three Rivers Greenway, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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11 Comments about Three Rivers Greenway

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
January 5th, 2016 at 7:34 am

As of now, it remains closed due to even more recent flooding. Here is a link to the official Cayce website. Hopefully, it will keep people updated to its reopening.

Bernard ElDorradoNo Gravatar says:
January 5th, 2016 at 1:35 am

Have the trails reopened after the flood? I drove by there in November and a sign was posted that said the trails would be closed until spring. Is there a website that provides updates?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 21st, 2014 at 10:08 am

Hi, Gabriel. Are you inquiring about the Three Rivers Greenway or the SCIWAY website?

Gabriel ThompsonNo Gravatar says:
November 20th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I haven’t checked on you guys in about 15 years. Where can I view a up-to-date plan and schedule?

RebeccaNo Gravatar says:
May 31st, 2014 at 9:24 pm

How many miles is it?

BrendaNo Gravatar says:
October 6th, 2012 at 7:50 am

Is the top section above Broad River Rd Bridge open yet? It was closed for road work for a while. That’s the one section of the greenway I haven’t seen yet.

DaveNo Gravatar says:
October 2nd, 2012 at 5:23 am

NO tents.. thankfully

Tabby BrushNo Gravatar says:
September 28th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Do they allow tents at Three Rivers Greenway?

ChristopheNo Gravatar says:
June 5th, 2011 at 10:55 am

You can take you dogs and rollerblades, I rollerblade there every day. Dogs are permitted on leashes. Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades are all fine but no motor bikes.

monicaNo Gravatar says:
October 21st, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Can you roller blade at this park?

Bobby SmithNo Gravatar says:
September 20th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Are dogs permitted to walk at Riverfront Park if they are on a leash? Thank you.

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