West Columbia, SC Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in West Columbia, SC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Sumter Cypress Trail and Cathedral Aisle Trail. With more than 7 trails covering 38 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Cathedral Aisle Trail

0.8 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Sand

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

10.2 mi
State: SC
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Pelion Rail Trail

0.8 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Sumter Cypress Trail

5 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass

Three Rivers Greenway

19.4 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Vista Greenway

0.8 mi
State: SC
Concrete

Williston Rail-Trail

1.6 mi
State: SC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Cathedral Aisle Trail is part of a 65-mile network within Aiken's protected Hitchcock Woods. Open since September 1939, this lush forest path is among the nation's oldest rail-trails. Though it...
SC 0.8 mi Dirt, Sand
The Peak to Prosperity Passage segment of the Palmetto Trail offers an easy, flat route for most of its 10-mile journey. The views from the bridges are beautiful, plus there are ample opportunities...
SC 10.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
The small town of Pelion lies 22 miles southwest of the South Carolina capital, Columbia. The town boasts its own rail-trail, a 0.8 mile walking path occupying a disused railway track. The trail is...
SC 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Sumter Cypress Trail begins near the golf course in Sumter's Dillon Park. The trail is unmarked but is mostly level and follows a dirt road and grassy path through the woods and open fields. You...
SC 5 mi Dirt, Grass
Columbia's Three Rivers Greenway is comprised of a handful of disconnected segments of open trail, including sections through Riverfront Park and Granby Park, as well as the West Columbia Riverwalk,...
SC 19.4 mi Asphalt
Traveling for nearly a mile in downtown Columbia, this first segment of the Vista Greenway features a 100-year-old railroad tunnel stretching 400 feet under Lincoln Street. Although short, the new...
SC 0.8 mi Concrete
The Williston Rail-Trail runs between East Main Street and West Main Street in the small Barnwell County community of Williston. The paved trail serves as a safe route to school for students in the...
SC 1.6 mi Asphalt

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Pelion Rail Trail

SC - 0.8 miles

The small town of Pelion lies 22 miles southwest of the South Carolina capital, Columbia. The town boasts its own rail-trail, a 0.8 mile walking path occupying a disused railway track. The trail is...

Williston Rail-Trail

SC - 1.6 miles

The Williston Rail-Trail runs between East Main Street and West Main Street in the small Barnwell County community of Williston. The paved trail serves as a safe route to school for students in the...

Three Rivers Greenway

SC - 19.4 miles

Columbia's Three Rivers Greenway is comprised of a handful of disconnected segments of open trail, including sections through Riverfront Park and Granby Park, as well as the West Columbia Riverwalk,...

Vista Greenway

SC - 0.8 miles

Traveling for nearly a mile in downtown Columbia, this first segment of the Vista Greenway features a 100-year-old railroad tunnel stretching 400 feet under Lincoln Street. Although short, the new...

Cathedral Aisle Trail

SC - 0.8 miles

The Cathedral Aisle Trail is part of a 65-mile network within Aiken's protected Hitchcock Woods. Open since September 1939, this lush forest path is among the nation's oldest rail-trails. Though it...

Sumter Cypress Trail

SC - 5 miles

The Sumter Cypress Trail begins near the golf course in Sumter's Dillon Park. The trail is unmarked but is mostly level and follows a dirt road and grassy path through the woods and open fields. You...

Williston Rail-Trail

SC - 1.6 miles

The Williston Rail-Trail runs between East Main Street and West Main Street in the small Barnwell County community of Williston. The paved trail serves as a safe route to school for students in the...

Three Rivers Greenway

SC - 19.4 miles

Columbia's Three Rivers Greenway is comprised of a handful of disconnected segments of open trail, including sections through Riverfront Park and Granby Park, as well as the West Columbia Riverwalk,...

Accordion

Vista Greenway

SC - 0.8 miles

Traveling for nearly a mile in downtown Columbia, this first segment of the Vista Greenway features a 100-year-old railroad tunnel stretching 400 feet under Lincoln Street. Although short, the new...

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 10.2 miles

The Peak to Prosperity Passage segment of the Palmetto Trail offers an easy, flat route for most of its 10-mile journey. The views from the bridges are beautiful, plus there are ample opportunities...

Pelion Rail Trail

SC - 0.8 miles

The small town of Pelion lies 22 miles southwest of the South Carolina capital, Columbia. The town boasts its own rail-trail, a 0.8 mile walking path occupying a disused railway track. The trail is...

Cathedral Aisle Trail

SC - 0.8 miles

The Cathedral Aisle Trail is part of a 65-mile network within Aiken's protected Hitchcock Woods. Open since September 1939, this lush forest path is among the nation's oldest rail-trails. Though it...

Pelion Rail Trail

SC - 0.8 miles

The small town of Pelion lies 22 miles southwest of the South Carolina capital, Columbia. The town boasts its own rail-trail, a 0.8 mile walking path occupying a disused railway track. The trail is...

Williston Rail-Trail

SC - 1.6 miles

The Williston Rail-Trail runs between East Main Street and West Main Street in the small Barnwell County community of Williston. The paved trail serves as a safe route to school for students in the...

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 10.2 miles

The Peak to Prosperity Passage segment of the Palmetto Trail offers an easy, flat route for most of its 10-mile journey. The views from the bridges are beautiful, plus there are ample opportunities...

Accordion

Sumter Cypress Trail

SC - 5 miles

The Sumter Cypress Trail begins near the golf course in Sumter's Dillon Park. The trail is unmarked but is mostly level and follows a dirt road and grassy path through the woods and open fields. You...

Three Rivers Greenway

SC - 19.4 miles

Columbia's Three Rivers Greenway is comprised of a handful of disconnected segments of open trail, including sections through Riverfront Park and Granby Park, as well as the West Columbia Riverwalk,...

Vista Greenway

SC - 0.8 miles

Traveling for nearly a mile in downtown Columbia, this first segment of the Vista Greenway features a 100-year-old railroad tunnel stretching 400 feet under Lincoln Street. Although short, the new...

Recent Trail Reviews

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Trail is blocked by downed trees about a mile west of Hwy 176.

August, 2022 by jamwall

Trail is blocked by downed trees about a mile west of Hwy 176.

Pelion Rail Trail

great trail

May, 2022 by kpfhcns87p

Nice lit trail.

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

recommend highly

January, 2022 by rjxqbczqmk

We rode from Pomaria behind Wilsons grocery to Peak and back about 13 miles. Mostly small gravel a few spots still have larger gravel. Flat and very peaceful. Some tresses need some new boards but this is a very nice trail.

Accordion

Three Rivers Greenway

Too narrow for bicycles

July, 2021 by howlin

Great walking trail, well maintained, but a bit narrow for bicycles, especially on the bridges and board walks.

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Alston Trailhead - Taking me back to Nature!

May, 2021 by bdowlin1_tl

I absolutely love the trail. Mile by mile it is an escape from my busy life. I enjoy spotting birds, including large birds like owls, herons and hawks. Watching turtles on crowded logs while the otters swim and play. And if you like snakes watch closely and you will occasionally find them sunning alongside the trail. I’ve invested in rain gear just so I can see the forest come to life with small streams and waterfalls leading to the busy creeks and feeding the river. And so much more to see!

Three Rivers Greenway

Beautiful trail

May, 2021 by rebecca.johnson7

Took my dog and we had a blast. It was so peaceful and serene. There are markers with information on them about the land which was interesting to read. It’s paved all the way through the trail we went on which was nice. Definitely will go back!

Three Rivers Greenway

Can't wait to explore all of the trails along the Three Rivers Greenway. The Cayce Riverwalk is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

March, 2021 by crystalecannon

Can't wait to explore all of the trails along the Three Rivers Greenway. The Cayce Riverwalk is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

Three Rivers Greenway

Great Trails

February, 2021 by jayrufc15

Very nice paved connection of multiple trails!

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

The Best Trail

February, 2021 by jayrufc15

Awesome old rail bed trail!

Three Rivers Greenway

Save Your Cycling

October, 2020 by dudleyd

The trail is well maintained but very short. The advertised 12.5 miles is not achievable the portion we were on was only 2.5 miles. The rangers in the area were of no help and much more involved in leaf blowing that any directional help. The farthest North trailhead (The broad River Canal Riverfront Park) was not an area I would recommend to anyone to leave their car unattended. Several cars with people just sitting, no bike racks and evidence via broken glass of a recent car breakin. The trail “terminated seemingly” at the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. This was a very nice area, but designed for walkers and joggers. Absolutely no literature to help find your way across the bridge and on to the other side of the canal. If you are a walker or jogger, don’t miss this trail option. If you are looking to do some cycling....save the time unloading and move on......

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Nice Ride

October, 2020 by malcolmwheels

What I like about this trail is that it passes through a heavily wooded area passing over streams and rivers. Very scenic. Also i have never seen more than a few other people when I’ve been there. There are two easy road crossings. Unfortunately one of the bridges has no side rails and some of the boards are in need of repair so use caution when crossing. The trail is somewhat rocky but much improved o er what it used to be.

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Peaceful & solitary. Trestles need repairs

August, 2020 by ran2slow

This week I ran from the parking area near I-26 to Route 176 in Pomaria and returned to my starting point. This was 3 miles each way so I know it was a small portion of the overall trail. The trail feels secluded and peaceful once you get away from the interstate. I saw several deer and only one other user of the trail. After lots of rain this week the trail was well drained. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the surface is made of chunky rocks which is very bumpy for runners and cyclists. I rolled my ankle twice but fortunately no sprains. My biggest concern is that the trestle boards are in poor condition. I saw several that were broken through that could cause a pedestrian or cyclist to get hurt. I felt a couple boards crunch under me and I'm not a big person. One of the trestles I crossed used man-made boards and it seemed to be in the best condition. The next time they re-surface the trail I hope they use a finer aggregate which would make it more safer for everyone.

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