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Closure Notice: In February 2020 the pedestrian bridge over the Tombigbee River was closed due to damage to a support pillar, with no estimate for when repairs would be completed. Please check with the trail manager for the latest updates and information.
The Columbus Riverwalk follows the Tombigbee Waterway in downtown Columbus, Mississippi. It is well lit, smooth, flat and wide, meandering through hardwood forests and fields with lovely views of the river. Benches, trash receptacles, restrooms and shelters are provided along the route. The trail is open all year and into the evening.
The Riverwalk comes to a bit of an abrupt end in the west before the woods just past the underpass below U.S. Highway 45/82, so trail users should plan for an out-and-back journey. Keep your eyes out for various waterfowl and wildlife along the way; a local gardening group has also installed a tranquil butterfly garden next to the trail.
On the eastern end, trail users can take a quick detour to cross the river via a historic swing bridge, which was built back in the 1920s but restored and converted for pedestrian use in 2013.
Columbus, MS, lies just south of US 82 at US 45. Follow signs to the visitor center, housed in the former home of Tennessee Williams. The trailhead is at Riverside Park a block from the visitor center.
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