Hiking and Biking
Columbia SC is where the city meets nature and anyone craving fresh air doesn’t have to go far. Whether you’re an experienced mountain biker or just looking for a scenic spot to stroll, Columbia SC is chockablock with trails.
The Three Rivers Greenway is a 12-mile trail that runs along the Saluda, Broad and Congaree Rivers. These paths are paved and ADA accessible to allow anyone to get up close to the great outdoors. Along the trails, you’ll find educational placards to teach you more about the history and ecology of the Midlands.
If you’re looking for rougher terrain to speed through on your mountain bike, head to Harbison State Forest. With 9 different trails surrounded by shady trees, this is a spot you want to visit season after season. Trails are open to those on foot or on two wheels. The mountain bike trails continue at Sesquicentennial State Park in Northeast Columbia.
If hiking every National Park is on your bucket list, look no further than Congaree National Park, just a 20-minute drive from downtown. Congaree National Park is committed to ecosystem preservation and is the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the US. The boardwalk trail gets you up close and personal with the forest, full of some of the tallest trees in Eastern North America.
For city bikers, zip from one neighborhood to another using the bike sharing program Blue Bike. You can take it for a spin to see a collection of the city’s public art or to hustle from brunch in Five Points to shopping in the Vista. If you tend to travel with your own set of wheels, get to know the Columbia SC bike shops. Outspoken Bikes, located in the Devine Street District, has been serving the city’s bike enthusiasts for over 40 years. Their USCF Certified Mechanics are sure to have you ready to hit the road. The Colatown Bike Collective is a local non-profit that offers full bike services and has bike repair stations around the city. Check out their map to find repair stations, bike racks, and bike share stations.