Columbia Canal Ranger-led History Tour is Saturday

Start exploring the fun at your local city park.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities for both youth and adults during the month of February.

Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park. (City of Columbia Photo.)

This month’s activities will feature a wildlife walk, a history tour of the Columbia Canal, a bird count and more. All activities are free and open to the public.


Columbia Canal History Tour | Saturday (Feb. 4) from 2-3:30 p.m.

The Columbia Canal has been part of our city’s growth and innovation for almost 200 years. Learn about the original canal, Columbia’s Waterworks, and the earliest hydropower plants and the SC State Penitentiary (CCI).

Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park South area parking lot, 312 Laurel St.

Knowing the Night | Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

Nature shows us something different every day and night! Join us as we admire the sunset overlooking the Broad River and stroll along our lighted trail. Dress for the forecast and wear good walking shoes.

Meet at Riverfront Park’s north parking lot, 4122 River Drive.

Southeast Park Wildlife Walk | Thursday, February 9 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Join us for a Ranger-led wildlife walk. This 64-acre wooded park features a pond, hiking trails and abundant wildlife including resident red foxes, deer, and aquatic animals that thrive in the pond.

Meet at the Park Ranger Station at Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road. Love, Riverfront Park! | Tuesday, February 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

What could be better than a heart healthy stroll at the park? Join us as we share our love for the outdoors this Valentine’s Day. Arrive by dusk and we will take a picture of you and your Valentine as the sun sets over the river as a memento. Guests can also enjoy hot cocoa and we’ll light a fire to chase winter’s chill.

Meet at the Historic Pump House beside the Pedestrian Bridge at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street.

Citizen Science and the Great Backyard Bird Count | Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19

Join our rangers as we visit birding locations in our parks. All levels of birders are invited to join this outing! Please wear walking shoes, dress in layers and bring water and a small snack. Visit for more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count.

On Saturday, February 18, meet at 8:30 a.m. at Granby Park, 100 Catawba St.

On Sunday, February 19, meet at 3:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park North, 4122 River Drive

Knowing the Night | Tuesday, February 21, 6pm

Nature shows us something different every day and night! Join us to admire the sunset overlooking the river, and stroll along our lighted trail between the Columbia Canal and the Broad River.

Meet in the Riverfront North parking lot, 4122 River Drive

Lower Trail Loop Walk| Saturday, February 25, 1 pm

Join us for a long walk covering the upper and lower trails at Riverfront Park’s north end. Dress for the forecast and wear shoes that are good to go the distance.

Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot, 4122 River Drive

Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water and sturdy walking footwear.

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

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