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The Congaree offers excellent paddling, some of the best fishing waters in the state and plenty of history along the river.
Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest to the Broad River.Metropolitan Columbia has also been ranked among the Top 10 canoe towns in America by Paddler magazine! This picture was taken from the footbridge at Riverbanks Zoo and just 1.5 miles from downtown Columbia!The Three Rivers Greenway is a 12-mile linear park system along Columbia's three rivers.Significant rapids begin downstream of the I-26 bridge. A portage trail begins in the power line right-of-way just upstream of Mill Race Rapids on river right. There are two public boat landings on the upper end of the lower Saluda River -- one is the south bank of the river off Corley Mill Road (Lexington side) and the other across the river off Bush River Road.Also, the Saluda Shoals Park, a 240-acre Regional park, will be developed just below the Bush River Road landing.In the late 1700's river travel was a primary transportation mode, so the new capital city was laid out just up from where the Broad and Saluda Rivers confluence form the Congaree River.
These rivers are popular for recreation and much development is happening along the rivers for the benefit of all citizens and visitors.
Two hiking/bike trails at Harbison State Forest provide access to the river.
The trail at Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal runs on the east side of the Broad River for about 2 miles.
Riverbanks Zoo and Botonical Garden, one of Amrerica's top zoos, is located along the Saluda River just 1.5 miles from downtown Columbia.
A footbridge crosses the river between the zoo and the gardens on the West Columbia side of the river. The dam at Mill Race rapids (just above the zoo) was originally built to diver water into a canal on the north side, which provided a passage whereby boats could avoid the rapids.
The Columbia Rowing Club is located on the Broad River near the intersections of Broad River Road and I-20.