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Columbia Canal and Broad River Via River Trail

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Columbia Canal and Broad River Via River Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 68 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


road biking




6 days ago

Very nice

1 month ago

Easy flat trail that is great for a morning (or evening) jog. There is water on both sides and plenty of benches to rest and enjoy nature. There is a beautiful damn at the turn around point.

Very nice trail. The trail leads to a dam which really peaceful.

4 months ago

This is a great paved trail for an easy, yet scenic walk. There are several offshoots from the trail if you’d like to get closer to the river and off of the paved area. The trees in that area are really pretty. The dam is neat to see as well. The restrooms at the trailhead by the dam are some of the nicest I’ve seen in a while too.

7 months ago

Nicely paved running and walking trail. The park is dog friendly, has some nice benches and hammocks for relaxing and watching birds or the river. There are lights so you can walk at night or in the morning. Love this park!

8 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of shade

Sun Apr 28 2019

great paved trail you can use all year. flat and easy.

Fri Apr 26 2019

Awesome Place!!!

Easy scenic job along the river. Great for beginners.

Fri Nov 30 2018

Just a wonderful place to walk/run.

Thu Nov 29 2018

Nice bike ride. A few people out for afternoon jogs and walks. Saw some turtles in the river, but no gators in the canal this time. I had a little difficulty finding the north trailhead, but saw the sign and found it.

Mon Oct 29 2018

Fun and very beautiful scenery! Enough space for everyone. Kid friendly

Fri Jul 20 2018

Love this place! It’s always so clean and feels super safe. There’s always a lot of people in the early mornings and late afternoon so if you’re looking for a quiet walk try to go somewhere in between those times. But even if there are a lot of people, there is plenty of room along the path to pass. If you’re a runner, this is perfect for you. I run here a handful of times a week and it’s marked with distance signs along the path so you can track how many miles you’ve run.

Wed Jun 06 2018

Love it very good for running!!

Thu Feb 22 2018

Very pleasant running trail! It was nice to run along the trail and see trees water on both sides for a majority of the trail. Very easy trail to do some nice running on. I took advantage of the the "kitty litter" dirt portion to the side of the pavement in favor of my joints. Plenty of space to stretch and cool down post run while enjoying some water views. Highly suggested trail for running or walking, a little too short in my opinion for cycling.

Sun Jul 23 2017

Beautiful scenic route, good fishing. Good for biking and walking. No swimming because strong current near the canal. Great spot for photography.

Thu Jun 08 2017

Nice, smooth course

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