Columbia, South Carolina

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Top Kayaking Spots in and near Columbia

  • Gadsden, South Carolina

    Kayak Cedar Creek at Congaree NP

    4.5
    This river has several points throughout the park where you can launch your kayaks and canoes. The river is marked with mile markers along the way so you can count down to the next launch point. This river is actually so slow moving that you can kayak upstream or downstream. All along the river y...
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  • Columbia, South Carolina

    Kayak on Lake Murray

    5.0
    Lake Murray is a beautiful lake to dip your feet into. The boat park allows access to everyone with any boat. There is a concrete, standard boat ramp that allows larger boats to be put in the water. There is also a small, wooden boat ramp used just for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. During the...
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  • Lexington, South Carolina

    Explore Gibson Pond Park

    3.7
    0.4 mi
    I started exploring this park when I was about 14 years old. My mom was a huge fan of the park and took us to it as kids. However, I did not realize that there was a path until I was roughly 20 years old. That path is beautiful. It is a paved loop that covers about 0.4 miles. There are smaller pa...
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  • Cassatt, South Carolina

    Kayak the Goodale State Park's Canoe Trail

    Put in your personal canoe or kayak near the spillway and paddle across Adams Mill Pond. Once you reach Pine Tree Creek, follow the white trail signs and wind through a forest of bald cypress trees for 1.5 miles. At the point where two logs are downed across the creek, turn around and return foll...
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  • Little Mountain, South Carolina

    Take a Stroll on the Palmetto Trail across the Broad River Trestle

    4.5
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Palmetto Trail is a mountains-to-sea trail in South Carolina that will stretch 425 miles across the state when completed. Currently there are sections of the the trail that are complete and can be hiked or biked on. One of these sections is in the Midlands of SC and is called the Peak to Pros...
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  • Prosperity, South Carolina

    Camp at Dreher Island

    Camping at Lake Dreher is lovely year round! If you want to swim then I suggest April-September. The summer is hot! I suggest camping in a hammock if you go in the heat. The island is easy to get to and about 45 min from downtown Columbia. Make reservations early for campsites as they go months i...
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  • Santee, South Carolina

    Paddle Poplar Creek on Lake Marion

    2.25 mi / 0 ft gain
    Come to the low country of South Carolina to live slow, enjoy some rich culture and history, quench your thirst for a great paddling adventure, and view incredible wildlife in the process.  From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 1...
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