Best Public Parks in Columbia, SC

Handpicked Top 3 Public Parks in Columbia, SC. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!


312 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201

Picnic Tables, Shelters, Playground, Fishing, Drinking Water, Amphitheater, Swings, Slides & Walking Paths

Wheelchair Trails Available - Admission Free - Palmetto Trail Access


Mon - Sun 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

This is a wonderful place to walk, ride bikes, run, and just hang out. Very nice park with a good walking path that goes right down the river. It would be a nice place for a morning jog or bike ride. The park is dog friendly also with those bag dispensers to clean up after them.
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9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

Since 1937

Dog Park, Picnic Areas, Playground, Kayak and Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Two Nature Trails, Walking Trails, Picnic Tables, Benches & Fishing

Free Admission for Age 15 & Younger - 1,419 Acres include a 30-acre lake

Price: Admission: $5 adults, $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older), $3 children ages 6-15


Mon - Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

We love coming here. The kids love the trails and the playgrounds. The adults like the safe area and the scenery. Trails are great for running. The lake is very good for simple paddle-boating. Do not recommend fishing from the shore, but from a boat might be decent. No experience camping here but the campground does look good.
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200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210

Since 1973

Nine Athletic Fields, Six Tennis Courts, Paved Walking Trails, Picnic Shelters, Playgrounds, Picnic Areas & Walking Path

Located near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads - 30,000 square-foot facility with 3 full gymnasiums, fitness area, indoor walking track, senior center, dance studio, art studio, and meeting rooms


Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri 6:00 am - 7:00 pm Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Great park to walk run or bring kids. Large park with baseball, football, and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, play ground, and disc golf. There are large trees, plenty of grass, pavilions, etc. Depending on when you go, it's usually a pretty quiet place. It's also safer than a lot of other parks in Columbia. Definitely my go-to place.
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