Three Rivers Greenway
312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC
Open daily (lights on til 10 pm)
The Three Rivers Greenway, known in Columbia as “Riverfront” on the Columbia side of the river and “Riverwalk” on the Cayce side of the river, is the most popular spot for runners and walkers in the city. The multi-use path currently consists of 9.5 miles of paved sections in various spots in the Columbia area. The longest section of the trail, located at Riverfront Park (the above address) is 3 miles long and features water fountains, rest rooms, benches, and lights. It is also patrolled by park rangers throughout the day and evening.
Cyclists, rollerbladers, and dog walkers are all permitted on the trail, so things can get crowded during peak times of day – particularly the early evening. Cyclists may find the trail too crowded for their liking, so if you’re looking to get in some serious miles on your bike at a good speed, this is probably not the place unless you go in the middle of the day. The path can be shady depending on the time of day on the Columbia side of the river, while the Cayce side (Riverwalk) is always shady, but only has one water fountain. Either way, you’re unlikely to be alone on this trail at any time, and you’re sure to enjoy the beauty of the Broad River and Columbia Canal! Even better – it’s conveniently located close to downtown, so you can pop over for a quick run no matter what your schedule!