15 Parks to Explore In Honor Of National Park and Recreation Month

June 27, 2023

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Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month? This year’s theme “Where Community Grows” — celebrates the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering the growth of our communities. In recognition, we’re sharing 15 parks to visit in Lake Murray Country. Make sure to say “Hello and Thank you” to the staff while you’re on the trail, and share your adventure with us on social media by using #LakeMurrayCountry

1. Doko Meadows Park

100 Alvina Hagood Circle | Blythewood, SC 29016

Enjoy a playground and six miles of walking trails that wind in and out of wooded areas and a 2,500-seat amphitheater.

2. Congaree National Park

100 National Park Road | Hopkins, SC 29061
Congaree National Park

Explore the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States as you traverse 25 miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk, there are so many ways to explore the Congaree Wilderness.

3. Guignard Park

964 Axtell Drive | Cayce, SC 29033

This wooded park, located in the heart of Cayce, provides a relaxing getaway for adults and children.

4. West Columbia River Walk

109 Alexander Road |  West Columbia, SC 29169

Soak up the natural beauty of the Congaree River on this waterside trail that is suitable for walking, jogging, bicycling, strollers, and wheelchairs.

5. Owen’s Field Park/Skate Park

1351 Jim Hamilton Boulevard | Columbia, SC 29205

Explore one of the most unique parks in the City of Columbia, from a BMX-style bike path to the skate park, and playground – you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family to do!

Outdoor Gibson Pond

6. Gibson Pond Park

241 Gibson Road | Lexington, SC 29072

Gibson Pond Park is a beautiful wooded park on 15 acres with a fishing dock, picnic shelters & a BBQ, plus a loop trail & restrooms. 

7. Lake Murray Dam Park Sites & Walkway

1797 North Lake Drive | Lexington, SC 29072

Take a walk on the Lake Murray Dam and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Murray and the downtown Columbia skyline on this 3.4-mile round-trip trek.

Sesquicentennial State Park8. Sesquicentennial State Park

9564 Two Notch Road | Columbia, SC 29223

This 1,419-acre park, situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas.

9. Saluda Shoals Park

5605 Bush River Road | Columbia, SC 29212

Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400-acre regional park offers an all-inclusive playground, walking and biking trails, a river observation deck, picnic shelters, and two boat ramps. 

10. Harbison State Forest

5500 Broad River Road | Columbia, SC 29212

Hike, bike, jog or walk 18 miles of trails in one the largest greenspaces within city limits east of the Mississippi River.

11. Irmo Community Park

7507 Eastview Drive | Irmo, SC 29063

This lush park is home to the Prisma Health Amphitheater, two picnic shelters with BBQ grills, and walking trails along with playgrounds and restrooms.

12. Crooked Creek Park

1098 Old Lexington Highway | Chapin, SC 29036

Crooked Creek Park is a state-of-the-art recreation complex that encompasses a community center, 6 athletic fields and tennis courts, picnic tables, walking trails, playgrounds, and a 27-hold disc golf course.

13. Dreher Island State Park

3677 State Park Road | Prosperity, SC 29127

From recreational water activities to nature trails, top-notch fishing spots, and waterside camping – make sure to visit Dreher Island State Park.

14. Lynch’s Woods Park

Corner of Wilson Road & Walter Cousins Road | Newberry, SC 29108

This 276-acre park full of large pines and old-growth hardwoods contains 7.5 of tranquil hiking, and biking trails, and 6.1 miles of equestrian trails. 

15. Saluda Park

416 S. Jefferson Street | Saluda, SC 29138

Grab the kids, pack a picnic, and head to Saluda Park to enjoy a paved walking trail, playground, and gazebo.


Explore more of the natural wonders in the region by checking out the Palmetto Trail, SC7, and the Kids in Parks program, and keep the adventure going all summer long! For more information and to plan your next great Lake Murray Country adventure, check out our Outdoor Recreation resources.