Columbia rivers are the epicenter of eco-tourism on July 4th

Palmetto Outdoor photo.

The Fourth of July weekend is a boon for eco-tourism, locally.

“It’s our busiest day of the year,” said Michael Mayo, owner of Palmetto Outdoors. “The volume will be tremendous.” Much of the Palmetto Outdoors activity takes place at the West Columbia Riverwalk.

The river tubing and kayaking provider, said Mayo, is a great example of the development of the tourism industry in West Columbia. “We are embracing the recreational resources of the three rivers, the Saluda, the Broad and the Congaree, in a big way,” he said.

Mayo said his goal at Palmetto Outdoors, with his experienced staff, is to promote the exploration of refreshing outdoor activities in a very unique metropolitan area

Mayo said preparation for the July Fourth weekend begins months in advance and the number of tubers and kayakers coming to West Columbia increases every year. He said in 2020, when the Enabling Park and the Interactive Art Park are open, it will even be busier for him.

This year, Mayo said he will host a busload of river adventurers from Florida on July Fourth. He has clients from more than a dozen states, many of them coming from Georgia and North Carolina

“We want to make sure everyone who comes to float down the river has a safe and fantastic Fourth of July,” said Mayo.

Palmetto Outdoor caters to all age groups to deliver a fulfilling experience that truly encompasses what it means to be surrounded in natural beauty on the fast-moving water of the river.

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