The paved trails that make up the Three Rivers Greenway are the perfect place to take a pleasant stroll with your pup. Named for the three rivers that converge the center of the city of Columbia—the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree—this trail offers a combination of nature views and urban conveniences. Wildflowers grow along the river's edge, and many parts of the trail are shaded by tall trees. Wild creatures you might spot with Spot include bald eagles and alligators. You'll always be accompanied by the sounds of the rushing river.
As you enjoy the sights of live oak and drooping willow skimming the water's surface, you can stop and rest at one of many benches or use the conveniently placed trash cans to dispose of your dog's waste. You will need to bring your own waste bags. It's probably a good idea to start with your own drinking water, though you can find potable water at parks along the path. There are several public bathrooms along the way as well, and parking at different entry points.
If you want to start at the northernmost point of the trail, you can park near the trailhead at the Broad River Canal Riverfront Park, which also has a bathroom. Head 3.5 miles south and you'll arrive at South Riverfront Park, where you can watch boaters float under the scenic bridge and further down the river. Cross the bridge and you'll be at the West Columbia Riverfront Park and Amphitheater, an outdoor venue that hosts dog-friendly concerts in the summer. Head a little further south to arrive at Granby Park. The fun activities you can enjoy at this 24-acre park include disc golf, fishing, and additional hiking trails. The trail continues further south where it passes some other small parks and boat landings.
Wherever you stop and rest, be sure to give your good dog some pets as you watch other happy walkers passing by.
This highly popular trail makes it a better option for well-socialized dogs who won't be overwhelmed by constant encounters with potential new buddies! Some parts of the greenway are still under development, so you may find yourself having to work a little to find the connection points between sections in its southern reaches.