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Parks & Walking Trails

Recess is for all ages. Here are some places in Lexington County to take a break outside.

Lexington Parks
Gibson ParkCaractor Park

804 Hendrix Street (behind the Lexington Medical Center)
Named for community leader Willie Caractor, this neighborhood park features a hopscotch court, mist fountain, playground, rope climber, and picnic shelter. Created through government and business partnerships, the park won a 2010 South Carolina Municipal Association award.

Corley Street Park

210 Corley Street
his small, wooded park recently has been upgraded to include new playground equipment, a spray pool, picnic shelter murals, and a rain garden. Grills, restrooms, and a safety call box are here too.

Gibson Pond Park

241 Gibson Road
Gibson’s Pond once was a famous swimming hole with a lively dance pavilion. Now more tranquil, Gibson Pond Park still has the pond, but for fishing and non-motorized boating only. There are spacious picnic shelters, grills, walking trails, and the Scenic Overlook, with its view of a long-gone gristmill spillway.

Lexington Paw Park

Hendrix St. @ Water Tower
Paw Park is the newest quality of life feature and the first dedicated to our four-legged friends. The 3-acre park provides dogs and their owners a wonderful atmosphere to play, socialize and interact.
Lexington Paw Park Application

Virginia Hylton Park

111 Maiden Lane (behind the Lexington Municipal Complex)
Children and their parents will love the playground; horticulturists will appreciate the separate gardens devoted to daylilies, irises, camellias, and butterflies. This fancifully designed park also boasts a koi pond, horseshoe pit, gazebos, creeks, walking trails and a playground for special needs children.

Cayce Riverwalk

Cayce Riverwalk

The main entrance to the Cayce Riverwalk is located at the intersection of Axtell Drive and Naples Avenue. You can also access the park at the intersection of State Street and Lucas Street.

The Cayce Riverwalk Park is open daily until dusk. And the Riverwalk Pavilion is located at the main entrance to the park. This covered Pavilion can be reserved free of charge and features six large picnic tables, electricity upon request, and is accessible to water. Total capacity is about 50 people.

Irmo Town Park

Irmo Town Park is located next to the Irmo Town Hall. To get there, from Lake Murray Blvd, take a left onto Carlisle St, right before the Irmo Welcome Center. There is a sign that identifies the park on that corner. The park is on the left at the end of the street.

The Irmo Town Park is a lovely spot to relax and hear a concert. With a path, concert gazebo, benches and gliders it is a great place to come with a picnic or just let the kids run around. With beautiful vintage-looking lamp posts, terraces, and a creek flowing into a pond with a fountain, the park is small but peaceful.

West Columbia Riverwalk

West Columbia River WalkThis section of the Three Rivers Greenway runs along the west side of the Congaree River. It passes under two bridges and offers some fantastic views. Even in cold weather, this is a popular place for people to jog and walk dogs. Amenities include picnic tables, a riverside amphitheater, and a canoe launch bay.







Walking Trails

Bundrick Island
Because of the lack of parking, Bundrick Island is not accessable by car. You can get there by boat or by bicycle.

Take I-20 to exit #51 and go north on Longs Pond Road 5.5 miles (8.9 km.). (The road changes names twice.) Turn left onto Old Cherokee Road, then turn right onto Brady Porth Road, which leads up to the gate.
Follow US #378 west out of the town of Lexington. Turn right 2.0 miles (3.3 km.) beyond where US #1 and US #378 split and go north on Wise Ferry Road 0.8 miles (1.3 km.). Turn left and follow Old Cherokee Road 2.3 miles (3.7 km.) northwest. Turn right onto Brady Porth Road, which leads up to the gate.

Cayce Riverwalk
This is a southward continuation of the West Columbia Riverwalk along the Congaree River, and is part of the Three Rivers Greenway. From here, you can get some great views along the riverside trails and walkways.

Located on Knox Abbot Drive in Cayce, SC. Note that parking here is limited.

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
The 627-acre preserve is loaded with history. Archaeologists have found tools, pottery sherds, arrowheads, and other evidence that people have lived in and around the preserve for nearly 12,000 years. On adjacent property, earthworks still remain where Confederate soldiers dug in as General Sherman′s troops headed to Columbia on Feb. 14, 1865. Beginning in the early 1900s, clay was dug from pits here for the Guignard Brickworks. The clay pits now form several ponds, home to all kinds of wildlife. Hikers can enjoy an easy 21/2-mile trail loop.

Take I-77 to exit #2 and go north on 12th Street Extension for a few miles, then turn right onto Godley Street. Follow this road to the end, then turn right onto New State Road, then turn right onto Old State Road. The parking lot will be on the right, just before the pavement ends.

Crooked Creek Park
This recreation complex is maintained by the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission. Located adjacent to Chapin Elementary School and Chapin Middle School, it features a large gymnasium, an excellent playground, ball fields, paved trails, and a disc golf course.

Take I-26 to exit #91, then go south on Columbia Avenue (#48) for 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) into the town of Chapin. Turn left onto Old Lexington Highway and go about 3 km. (2 mi.). The park entrance is on the right.

Gibson Pond Park
The northern shore of the historic Gibson Pond is now a great place to relax and explore. Several picnic tables overlook the pond, and a short paved hiking trail runs off into the woods.

Located on Gibson Road in Lexington, SC.

Guignard Park
This wooded park offers a relaxing break from the surrounding shopping and business district in Cayce. A creek runs thru the park which is in a valley with walking paths and picnic tables.

Located on Knox Abbot Drive just west of the Congaree River in Cayce, SC.

Harbison Greenways
The Harbison residential development has an excellent network of paved walking and bicycling trails running thru it. They pass thru many residential areas, and they also go out to the malls and shopping centers on Harbison Boulevard. Several ponds, picnic areas, and playgrounds will be found along the way.

Take I-26 to exit #103 (Harbison Blvd.). There are greenways on both sides of the highway.

Peachtree Rock
Known as the “Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve” or the “Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve”, this property protects 306 acres of diverse ecosystems ranging from mountain to desert-like plant communities. Several hiking trails highlight the interesting and unusual scenery. Camping is not permitted, and there are no paved roads, no picnic tables, no restrooms, and no trash cans, so this is definitely an area protected in its natural state.

Take US #302 out of Columbia, SC. Go past the airport, past South Congaree, and past the Edmund community. Turn left on SC #6 where it veers off from SC #302, then turn left onto the second paved road. At the stop sign, turn right onto a Peachtree Rock Road, and the small parking lot is on the left. Look closely, because this parking lot is easy to miss.

Pelion Playing Staion and Rail-Trail
The town of Pelion has a short paved walking trail built along the old railroad line. Along the way, you will find a playground and several picnic shelters.

Located at the intersection of Main Street (SC #178) and Railroad Avenue in Pelion, SC.

Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Garden, and Picnic area

Columbia is fortunate to have an outstanding zoo on the banks of the Saluda River. The Riverbanks Zoo is home for more than 2000 animals in surroundings that duplicate their natural environments as closely as possible. From the back side of the zoo, a bridge leads across the Saluda River to the Riverbanks Botanical Garden and a series of nature trails. Outside the zoo is a picnic area which provides access to the Saluda River. There are also several walking trails along the river. Since this is such a popular place, it can get crowded and noisy on summer weekends.

Take I-126 to the Greystone Blvd. exit and go south to the zoo parking lot.

Saluda Shoals Park
This park features a boat ramp, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and a fish cleaning station. Several hiking trails lead off into the surrounding woods. Since canoeing and rafting are very popular on the Saluda River, it also features a special canoe launching bay. Most of the park′s features are wheelchair-accessable. A variety of meeting facilities are available for groups.

Take I-20 to exit #63 and go northwest on Bush River Road 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles). Turn left onto Saint Andrews Road and go northwest 1.7 km. (one mile). Turn left, and you will be back on Bush River Road. Go west about 2.7 km. (1.7 mi.) and look for a sign on the left.

Thomas Newman Landing
This boat ramp is located off the 12th Street Extension south of Cayce and near the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve. It provides access to the Congaree River. A short hiking trail runs along the riverside, also.

Located off of the 12th Street Extension south of Cayce, SC.

Virginia Hylton Park
This shady, well maintained town park has several picnic tables, gardens, a nice playground, a stage, and places to walk.

Take I-20 to exit #55 and go north on SC #6 (South Lake Drive) 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) into downtown Lexington. Hylton Park will be on the left, at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Maiden Lane, behind the Lexington Municipal Complex buiding.

West Columbia Riverwalk
This section of the Three Rivers Greenway runs along the west side of the Congaree River. It passes under two bridges and offers some fantastic views. Even in cold weather, this is a popular place for people to jog and walk dogs. Amenities include picnic tables, a riverside amphitheater, and a canoe launch bay.

The south end of this park connects to the Cayce Riverwalk.

From downtown Columbia, take US #1 (Gervais Street) west past the State Museum and over the Congaree River. As soon as you get over the bridge, take the first left turn onto Alexander Street. The park entrance will be on the left side of the road.

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