Outdoor Adventures in Lake Murray Country

March 28, 2024

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The weather’s warming up in Capital City/Lake Murray Country, which means it’s time to head outside! Outdoor adventures in the region include renting a boat to explore Lake Murray, biking at Saluda Shoals Park, hiking Congaree National Park, booking a tee time at one of many top notch golf courses, winery tastings at Enoree River Winery, and fishing at Dreher Island and Sesqui State Park. Keep reading to discover even more exciting activities and events to make the most of your time in the region! Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, this region offers something for everyone. 


Explore the Botanical Garden

Discover natural beauty within a lush botanical garden just a stone’s throw from downtown Columbia at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Explore 170 acres of lush landscapes, including a sprawling 70-acre garden showcasing 4,200 plant species. Don’t miss the scenic 0.3-mile trail along the Saluda River, leading to the enchanting ruins of an old mill.


Appreciate Local Art

Tap into your creative side in the vibrant art scene across Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda counties. Marvel at iconic sculptures like the “Busted Plug” and “Neverbust Chain” by Blue Sky. Dive into colorful murals in Cayce Arts District and West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park. Take our Regional Mural Driving Tour to discover more creativity around Lake Murray Country.


Stroll the Riverwalk

Walk right along the scenic Congaree River on the West Columbia Riverwalk. Explore the Three Rivers Greenway, passing under picturesque bridges with stunning river views. Discover picnic spots, an amphitheater, and a canoe launch bay along the way. Connect to the Cayce Riverwalk for an extended hike.



Fish on Lake Murray

Experience world-class bass fishing on Lake Murray with guided fishing trips. Bassmaster named Lake Murray #1 “Best Southeastern Bass Lake” and #4 out of 100 in their 2023 “100 Best Bass Lakes Revealed” list, making it a go-to spot for professionals and hobbyists alike to spend their weekends. Book your angling trip with one of our highly-skilled fishing guides.


Historic District Walking Tour

Get educated in Columbia’s rich history with a walking tour of the historic district. Explore landmarks like Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Cottage with tours provided by Historic Columbia for fascinating insights into the city’s past.


Catch a Ballgame

Spend a warm southern night out at the ball game! Segra Park is a state-of-the-art multi-use sports and entertainment venue in the heart of the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia. Segra is home to the Columbia Fireflies, the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. This year’s season opener is on Tuesday, April 9 against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. 


Grandfather and grandson raise their hands cheering on the team.


Save the date for the Southeastern BBQ Showdown on June 14-15, 2024! This thrilling two-day event, hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country and held at Segra Park is not your average cook-off—it’s a sizzling celebration of all things BBQ along with legendary Shag icons, Band of Oz, and an epic Country Music concert featuring multi-Grammy® award-winning Alabama. Buy your tickets now!


Experience the Purple Martin Phenomenon

Schedule a guided tour to witness the Purple Martin Phenomenon on Lake Murray! It is estimated that more than one million Purple Martins venture north for the summer and roost on Bomb Island, giving spectators a rare look at one of nature’s top phenomenons. Late June through the beginning of August is the best time to view the phenomenon, with the number of birds peaking in mid-late July. 


Hike in Congaree National Park

Embark on an adventure while hiking in the largest swath of old bottom-growth in the United States. Just a 30-minute drive south of the city, the beautiful Congaree National Park covers a vast 26,000 acres of swamps, lush forestry, meadows, and paths. Stroll along the 2.4-mile boardwalk loop that winds over the swamp and meanders through the tall trees, fields of wildflowers, and past lakes.


Tube on the River

Cool off with a river tubing adventure on the Congaree River. Float downstream from West Columbia Riverwalk and enjoy Class I and II rapids along the way. End your journey beneath the iconic Gervais Street Bridge for a perfect day out. Rent your gear and book your tubing tour with Palmetto Outdoor!


Looking for more outdoor adventures? Capital City/Lake Murray Country is the official source for all things Lake Murray Country. Find information on attractions, dining, hotels, outdoor recreation, fishing, golf, and events to plan your next trip. Explore the “Top Southern Destinations” of Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about the region visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.