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Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities–

11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall

10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center

Administrative Offices for the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding

River Observation Deck

Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch

Picnic Shelters

Saluda Splash

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  • Beautiful trails, nature buildings and much more. Playgrounds and splash pad for kids. Has kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and many sports. Best park in South Carolina. A must do for visiting. 
  • While this isn't the most beautiful park, it excels at offering local residents lots to do. There are trails, fishing, tubing, a new playground, a water park, eco tours and bird watching, classes of a...  read more »
  • Had a business class at the River Center. This is a great place to have an event or meeting as the facility is modern, comfortable, and the amenities are top-notch. I highly recommend this place for y...  read more »
  • I've been for several work meetings and wedding or two. This is a very nice venue from my experience. Several partitioned rooms allow for flexibility in terms of size. There's a nice patio out back. I've never paid the bills so unfortunately I cannot speak to the cost aspect. Overall a really nice place to host a get together.
  • I have been going to trainings in one of the parks buildings this year. The space is great. Unfortunately, the internet never works. I had 12 days of training at this location this year. I hope they can work out this issue before next years trainings begin.
  • This place is pretty solid. It's a 'center' so you would probably be attending some sort of event if you are there. But they do have some pretty cool taxidermied animals hanging around the place if you look for them.
  • It WAS a lovely, serene park with trails that amble alongside picnic grounds and the Saluda River...Now it's just another full on sports-recreational park -- with multiple soccer fields and tennis courts-- it's just another like so many already existing and expanding recreation parks (and HOAs) in the area ALREADY providing the noise, groups, traffic among all their baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming in the area. What made Saluda Shoals park special is that it offered what ALL those OTHER parks did NOT - a place to escape the traffic, sports venues, noise, crowds and congestion associated with those activities by being a place to be active in natural environments by hiking, biking, walking, running, picnicking and even taking advantage of the educational spaces regarding the preservation and care of natural habitats for our indigenous wildlife and plants. Now all those formerly protected indigenous habitats have been bulldozed under and more than 1/2 the park is closed off for the excessive amount of soccer fields and tennis courts the area simply didn't need -- especially in lieu of what we already had at Saluda Shoals -- which formerly did a fantastic job of providing education and preservation of natural ecosystems in that area and show the habitats of indigenous SC wildlife around the river. Sad to see this change -- sad to see nature dozed-under for more of the same of what there is already too much of in the area. Poor, poor decisions of park directors -- to include how the gate is managed with people having to handwrite forms to enter the park if they don't have a pre-paid park pass -- and those with a prepaid pass must wait behind those paying at the gate and handfilling forms. Imagine how that will be now.
  • What a great environment to spend a whole day. I inexpensive for a family outing, even have a dog park fenced in and very large.
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