With the beginning of fall comes all the things a change in season brings, including the vibrant colors of fall leaves. Peak times to see fall foliage here is the first week of November and there is no shortage of spots to see it. 

Parks and Gardens

The Columbia region is home to many parks and gardens where trees will be donning new colors and shades this fall. Stroll through or take a hike in Congaree National Park, Sesquicentennial Park, Dreher Island State Park, or Harbison State Forest to see the changing leaves. If it’s a warm day as is often the case in this area, hop in a kayak or try paddleboarding to take in the views. The 70-acre Botanical Gardens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is also worth a visit to see fall leaves.  

College Campuses

Visiting our colleges and universities is also a great way to see fall foliage. Stroll around USC’s campus including the historic Horseshoe or take in the colors at Columbia College’s campus which is sprawling with trees. 

Three Rivers Greenway

Winding along the Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers, these 15 miles of accessible trails is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the changing leaves. The Greenway runs through Cayce, Columbia and West Columbia and includes the Cayce Riverwalk, 12,000 Year History Trail, Granby Park/Mill Village Riverlink, Riverfront Park, Saluda Riverwalk, West Columbia Riverwalk, and the newly accessible Sanctuary at Boyd Island where you want to stop and stay a while. 

Hayrides and Pumpkin Patches

Get into the fall spirit at Clinton Sease Farm where you’ll not only see fall foliage, but experience fall traditions like going on hayrides, visiting the pumpkin patch and making your way through a corn maze. In Lexington, head over to 2nd Wave Coffee and More the peruse their pumpkin patch and quaint outdoor space that is sure to be vibrant with colors. 

Bonus: Fall Feels

If all the sightseeing for fall foliage leaves you wanting more, visit our local breweries and coffee shops for fall flavors or take in a fall festival! From the South Carolina State Fair to Oktoberfest, there are plenty of ways to get all the fall feels.