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Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing Boating

Cayce, SC 29033 (3.082 miles)

Bountiful wildlife, sunlit dappled forest paths and 12,000 years of history and pre-history are tucked away in a pristine setting at Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve, just a stone's throw from downtown city lights.

Official Website: Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

Sesquicentennial State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Columbia, SC 29223 (8.849 miles)

Sesquicentennial State Park features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. It also features dog park and well-attended interpretive nature programs, as well as a dormitory, meeting facility and ropes course popular for corporate retreats and team-building.

Official Website: Sesquicentennial State Park

Harbison State Forest Hiking Biking Boating

Columbia, SC 29212 (10.922 miles)

Bounded along its northeastern edge by the Broad River, Harbison Environmental Education Forest encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia. Its unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public greenspaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States.

Official Website: Harbison State Forest

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve Hiking

Lexington, SC 29073 (11.615 miles)

Located in Lexington County, South Carolina, the preserve harbors the largest sandstone outcrops in the state, the only waterfall in the coastal plain, a swamp tupelo-evergreen shrub bog and a longleaf pine ecosystem.

Official Website: Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

Shealy's Pond Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing Boating

Lexington, SC 29073 (11.615 miles)

Shealy's Pond Heritage Preserve covers 62 acres in Lexington County and is centered around an old mill pond and associated wetlands on spring-fed, SCouter Creek.

Official Website: Shealy's Pond Heritage Preserve

Congaree National Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Hopkins, SC 29061 (11.685 miles)

Congaree is home to a museum quality exhibit area within the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, a 2.4 mile boardwalk loop trail and over 20 miles of backcountry hiking trails. The park also hosts a wide variety of guided walks, canoe tours, talks and presentations offered throughout the year

Official Website: Congaree National Park

Lake Wateree State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Winnsboro, SC 29180 (26.024 miles)

The lake is truly a fishermen’s delight with significant populations of crappie, bream, largemouth bass, catfish and striped bass. Lake Wateree hosts numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Official Website: Lake Wateree State Recreation Area

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing

St. Matthews, SC 29135 (27.337 miles)

The Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve comprises 201 acres and contains steep, undisturbed bluffs bordering the Congaree River. More than 100 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines exist in the preserve from the ridge base to the crest of the bluffs.

Official Website: Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Dreher Island State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Prosperity, SC 29127 (30.710 miles)

Only about 30 miles from downtown Columbia on the shores of big Lake Murray – one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the South – the park consists of three islands linked to shore by a causeway and two bridges.

Official Website: Dreher Island State Recreation Area

Manchester State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Biking Horseback Boating

Wedgefield, SC 29168 (31.384 miles)

Manchester State Forest, in Sumter and Clarendon Counties, consists of approximately 25,000 acres of mixed pine and hardwood species native to the midlands of South Carolina. Soil type is light sand, interspersed with swamps and bays.

Official Website: Manchester State Forest