Welcome To Riverwalk Park

The Cayce-West Columbia Riverwalk is a 3.5 mile system of paths and boardwalks running along the banks of the Congaree River.  Cayce’s Riverwalk alone is 12 miles long. The Riverwalk accommodates all levels of physical access including baby carriages and wheelchairs. The Park provides spacious walkways with picturesque views of the River and the Skyline of downtown Columbia. The natural beauty of the park provides a peaceful backdrop to a walk, run or bike ride.

There is something for everyone along the walk. Benches for relaxation, picnic areas for meals and family outings, as well as fishing from bank locations make this park a must-visit on any trip to the midlands.

Parking areas, restroom facilities, and Emergency Call Boxes make the park easily accessible from many locations in both cities. The park entertains between 500 and 1,000 visitors and pets per day.

View a map of  Cayce-West Columbia Riverwalk Park.

Riverwalk Park Amphitheater

This beautiful Amphitheater sits right on the Congaree River across from Downtown Columbia. The Amphitheater hosts many events during the year including concerts, plays, and political rallies. It boasts of incredible views of the Columbia Skyline, the Congaree River, and the Historic Gervais Street Bridge. The Amphitheater provides one of the most unique environments for entertainment not only in the midlands but anywhere in the state.

Riverwalk Facilities

Cayce Riverwalk  Pavilion is located at the main Cayce entrance to the park.  It includes a large bathroom facility as well as a covered pavilion with 6 large picnic tables, electricity upon request, and is accessible to water.  A beautiful place for a gathering of up to 50 people.

Congaree Shelter located on the Cayce Riverwalk at the “T” intersection from the main entrance.  The covered pavilion features 2 large picnic tables with a picturesque river view.

River Walk of History

“A Walk Along the River of Time” will offer a lesson on the history of surrounding areas including the earliest European settlement and the river ferries and inns. Exhibits will include information on historic railways, monuments, area bridges and settlements. Details on local aquatic and land wildlife are also part of the new panels.

The history tour will begin at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater near a replica of a 1740’s River Inn, which is located adjacent to the Gervais Street Bridge.

Contact Palmetto Outdoors (803) 404-8254

River Artist

There’s a Bear on the Riverwalk!  Well, not a live one, but a bear nonetheless. Thanks to Mr. Wade Geddings, a local artist known to many as the ‘Chainsaw Carver in the Carolinas,’ and the Cayce Beautification Foundation, there are several new and unique pieces of public art on the Cayce Riverwalk. These works of art are carved from wood and keep with the natural setting of the popular park.

Local artists, John and Venetia Sharpe, recommended Mr. Geddings and his artistic abilities to the City. After viewing a sample of Mr. Geddings’s artwork, the Cayce Beautification Foundation commissioned him to create 12 works of art out of fallen trees in the Riverwalk using only a chainsaw. Mr. Geddings’s first piece, a raccoon, carved from a tree, is located on the Timmerman Trail behind the Lexington Medical Park. This piece was sponsored by Cayce resident and Sub Station II owner, Chris Kueny.

The 12 new pieces commissioned by the Beautification Foundation are located in the area that stretches from the northernmost point of the Cayce Riverwalk (at the gate to the West Columbia entrance) downstream to the train trestles.  So far, Mr. Geddings has completed six of the 12 pieces: a family of turtles, a salamander, 2 owls, a fox, a raccoon and a massive bear at the Naples Avenue entrance to the Riverwalk.

Cayce Beautification Foundation President Butch Kelly stated, “I love that the City of Cayce did more than ‘lay down’ a concrete path next to the river. Through the continued investment of financial and skilled developmental resources, our city, over time has created an environmental masterpiece!”

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin championed the commission of the art.  “I felt it was important to have art in the Riverwalk that would be in keeping with the natural setting. Wade’s art adds delight in addition to the peace and beauty of the Riverwalk.  We invite everyone to come to the Riverwalk to discover the 12 pieces. Some of the works of art are right off the path, while others are nestled in the woods in clear view of the path.”