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Public Parks in the Lake Murray area

This page provides information about public parks in Lexington, Saluda and Newberry counties. The information on this page was compiled from sciway3.com, the State Newspaper site, and SouthCarolinaParks.com,  all of which we recommend:

Granby Garden Park
1800 12th Street
Cayce, SC

24 acre park along the at Congaree riverthe end of Catawba Street off Huger Street with wonderful views of the river, handicapped accessible walking paths and access to the Congaree river. 

To get there, from downtown take the Blossom St. bridge over the river into Cayce. The road becomes Knox Abbott Dr. Take a left on 12th St and go about 9 blocks- you will see the signs for Cayce City Hall. Turn into the complex and the park will be on your right.

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Guignard Park
Axtell Drive
Cayce, SC

This beautiful small wooded park offers a relaxing break from the surrounding shopping and business district in Cayce. A creek runs thru the park which is in a valley with walking paths, bridges and picnic tables. The picnic shelters feature large brick grills.
View on map    803.796.9020

Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd.
Columbia, SC

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. Facilities include hiking / biking trails, a lake for Swimming, picnic areas and camping.

View on map    803.731.5208

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC

From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.
View on map    803.779.8717    http://www.riverbanks.org/

Gilbert Community Park
250 Main Street
Gilbert, SC

Gilbert Community Park is a beautiful community park adjacent to the Gilbert Elementary School. The park has a 300 seat amphitheater and covered picnic areas.
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Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC

A storehouse of diversity, the forest includes hundreds of species of plants and animals. Beauty and tranquility reign supreme in the midst of this natural treasure. The park has six marked trails with a boardwalk over the swamp providing wheelchair access to Weston Lake. Fishing, canoeing and primitive camping with permit is available. Hours: Daily, 8:30 to 5. No admission fee.
View on map    800.776.4396    http://www.nps.gov/cosw

Harbison State Forest
5600 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC

Harbison  has 18 miles of trails designed for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A canoe landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes as a put in or take out from the river. A simple float plan(pdf) completed at the Educational Center or by calling (803) 896-8890 allows paddlers access to the landing. There is no fee.
View on map    803.896.8890    http://www.state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm#locat

Virginia Hylton Park
111 Maiden Lane
Lexington, SC

Playground, a separate Special Needs playground, bathroom facilities, walking trail, gardens and koi pond. 
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Corley Street Park
300 Corley Street
Lexington, SC

Spray pool (11:00am to 8:00pm daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend), Playground, Covered picnic area with grills

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