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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...
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...
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The Three Rivers Greenway is actually composed of the West Columbia Riverwalk and the Cayce Riverwalk. This beautiful series of riverfront pathways, at the confluence of the Broad, Saluda and Congaree...
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...
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...
We rode from Dillon Park to Cypress Park. Signage is mediocre at best and it was easy to miss turns. Cypress Park signage is non-existent and we gave up and turned around. Do not ride with street bike tires, balloon or fatter, with low pressure, needed for the sand and roots. Approach from Dillon Park has one VERY narrow spot in middle of trail with DEEP washouts on both sides. Rest of trail between parks seemed OK but challenging. Other reviews mentioned mud ... we saw some in Cypress Park just as we turned around, more ahead was what made up our mind.
What a lovely historic trail, with a lower and upper portion. There was also many rangers around working on different areas and so many people I felt very safe even on my own. The upper portion is fully lit and both portions are paved. The lower along the Broad river side is sidewalk style the upper is paved along the canal with signage on the original 1800 canal and lock keepers as you walk. This portion is close to 3 miles, out and back from my parking spot at far end of the trail in the Broad River Canal Riverfront Park. This portion runs along the east side of the rivers. The full Three Rivers Greenway trail appears to have never fully reopened and ends/starts at some Canal Riverfront living condominium and stores. There is free parking and an entrance at both ends of the Canal Trail. The official start appears to be from the parking lot at Blanding and MacDougall St. The trail is fenced closed at that point to continue south but runs north to where I started. The Three River trail appears to continue across the bridge at Klapman Blvd by the map, but I did not see a safe way to cross the bridge to access the other side of the rivers. I also note that I could see the trail where it used to continue to Klapman Blvd along the river but could not access it. It would be nice to know if Columbia ever plans to repair the full trail but there was no notifications anywhere. If i try the west portion I'll be sure to post on it also. 4 stars instead of 5 due it being a bit short for a bike ride, I like at least 7 miles but you could do it twice and get a more reasonable ride that way. It's a great walking spot and could give you a nice easy long walk/hike with spots you could stop to have a lunch along the canal.
I've gone on this trail with my dogs multiple times a week for years. I normally park at Cypress Park, one of the areas the trail crosses the road. Some days I do a mile or two, other days the full loop.
There is a section I almost always have to wade through, but I wear waterproof boots and my dogs enjoy splashing through it. There are several road crossings and a detour by a factory.
While there are more scenic, remote trails in South Carolina, this has the advantage of being in town, a 5 minute drive from my house. Being accessible, even after a busy work day, is why I still rate it at 5 stars.
For the most part, this was a nice, easy 6-mile ride through woods, trails and fire breaks. I found it was marked decent and fairly easy to follow. However, there was one portion where I had to cross a few hundreds meters of 1/2 foot deep swamp over the trail. I made it but fully muddy below the knees. That part is not for the faint-hearted. There is also a spot where the trail is closed on the east side due to construction at Becton Dickinson; that part was pretty easy to detour around about 200 meters East. Overall, I enjoyed most of it except for the swamp part, and I don’t think I’ll submit myself to that part again. Good luck!
First, this is a nice paved path.
For the majority of the trail, there is a sand path on the side.
It mostly level with only a couple small hills.
Nice scenary while in between the river and the canal, especially the spillway and the locks at the top end.
Enjoyed seeing a Great Blue Heron and a couple Cormorants, but no alligators. Just seeing one on the other side of the canal would be cool.
Second, the trail is marked every 1/4 mile, but only 2.5 miles long?
Not sure where the 8+ miles are as on the website. Made 2 passes to make up for the shortness.
So if in the area, as always, and looking to get a couple miles in, give this trail a try. You should enjoy it.
Rode my bike along the Cypress trial. It is well maintained. I only rode from Dillion park to Cypress park. I find the ride quite enjoyable. I ride with my husband and our dogs ride in their doggy trailer. We get to take a pit stop at the Bark park for our fur babies. Only issue is the beginning of the trial is not marked by the green official trial sign. The trial sign is on the opposite side that ends at Wise Dr
Good ride, had alot of fun. Went there yesterday before the river walk.
Very good ride. Went from the gervais st bridge to the lylees st entrance. I plan to ride the whole thing but I was on a time crunch. Great for roadbikes but Its also fun for mountain bikes. Has a few features you can take offroad, over some roots & dirt, sand, rock. You can skip some of the windy turns if you want or you can take them, up to you. A fair amount of people can be on the trail though so be careful. Great views overall and its a beautiful ride.
The trail is only 8 feet wide and often has a lot of pedestrian traffic, many of whom do not know how to share a trail. I have had to stop and walk my bike several times. Do not recommend for riding.
As of April 2018, much of the trail is still closed with no obvious signage explaining how to access the open sections. We could not find a printed trail map in Columbia, and those found online are deceiving and do not accurately reflect the closed sections. We walked the full 2.5 miles that was open north/upstream of Laurel Street to the top of the canal. Great parking, clean restrooms at each end, very interesting history, and great views of the river. The trail south/downstream from Laurel Street was gated, and also closed at the south end except for a few hundred feet. Too many walkers and too short to be a suitable bike ride, but recommended as a walk. The plan to expand the path and connect the various sections looks wonderful, but not suitable for a bike outing yet.
trail in need of repair as there are a few places that are barricaded off and so impossible to ride the trail. Please post this on site for future trail riders who will not be frustrated and disappointed with their attempt to ride the full 8plus miles. Thanks
The Sumter Cypress Trail is a neat, simple trail. There was one pet where I had to remove my shoes to wade through some water, but the rest of the trail was fine. Be sure to pay close attention for trail signs. It is easy to get off the path due to many "paeudo" trails .
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