Three Rivers Greenway Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Columbia, SC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The confluence of three rivers, the Broad, Congaree, and Saluda, make an interesting location for this paved, multi-use, public greenway. Visitors will travel through forested areas, past scenic river overlooks, and will see local wildlife, especially the Chimney Swifts that nest under the bridges. Benches are provided along the trail. At the southeastern end of the Cayce Riverwalk, remains of locks once used by riverboats are visible. Lighting, call boxes, and patrols by police provide safety. Restrooms are provided at two points. No fees. No camping.
Sadly closed. Not sure when it will reopen. I have been on this trail before, and it was lovely.
Just steps away from the busy streets of Columbia, this flowing green oasis takes you along the banks of the Congaree River. Stepping onto the trail, you are completely immersed into the beautiful landscape and can get away from hustle and bustle of the city.
The entire trail is either paved or on a boardwalk, while the virtually flat terrain make it accessible to everyone. There are benches, picnic tables and trash cans conveniently placed along the course of the trail. The entire length is carefully maintained, creating a miles-long garden for visitors to enjoy.
Fantastic views of the Congaree river are offered and the Columbia skyline can be occasionally glimpsed through breaks in the trees.
The trail was busy on the day I visited, with people utilizing it for walking, biking and jogging. Dogs on leashes are welcomed and pet waste bags are available for use.
I would rate this trail a "five", but an encounter with a latter-day troll (homeless guy living under a bridge) give me some reservations about that particular place. For those interested, he's under the Gervais Street bridge; you'll find it by the smell of raw sewage.