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Take a Walk Through Years of History in Cayce

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The City of Cayce offers more than 20 miles of river walks and trails, 12,000 years of history and an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbia.

Enjoy the area's natural beauty on the 12 miles of illuminated paved pathways and wooden boardwalks winding along the Congaree River. The Cayce Riverwalk is the perfect place to exercise your mind and body, however you choose to do it, whether it's walking, jogging, bicycling, bird watching or picnicking along the riverfront. Take the day to traverse the shaded trail: Unplug and unwind by working out. Read historical markers to learn more about the area. Admire Mother's Nature artwork created by naturally fallen trees.

Equally captivating is the Timmerman Trail, a 3.5-mile paved route that runs through the wooded outskirts of Cayce. The trail begins slightly west of the 12th Street Extension (across from Dominion Energy) and continues under the road to extend eastward. Keep your eyes peeled for incredible views and unique wildlife.

The Three Rivers Greenway provides additional opportunities to reconnect with the natural world. It’s a 12.5-mile linear park comprised of three river walks located in Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce. The series of riverfront pathways run through the area where the Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers meet. Amenities along the route include restrooms, outdoor amphitheaters and spectacular views of the capital city skyline.

Transport yourself back in time on a guided walking tour of the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, where nature and history converge. Native Americans once inhabited the grounds near the Congaree River and researchers have unveiled historic remnants that date back to when the last ice age was ending. Much later in time, the land near the creek played a bigger role in South Carolina’s history. The discovery of the remains of Fort Congaree shows the land served as the rampart for the colonizers of the Palmetto State. The area also was the site of Revolutionary and Civil War battles. Guided historical walking tours are offered Saturdays throughout the year. Trained by the National Park Service, the guides take guests on a winding adventure with stories of the Battle of Congaree Creek, Fort Congaree and Native Americans.

The town is also home to the state-of-the-art Cayce Tennis and Fitness center. Open to the public, the tennis facility features 30 lighted courts, including a championship-sized stadium court and seven 38-foot courts dedicated to players ages 8 and younger. The fitness center features a weight room, cardio training areas and 11 workout machines.

Allison Vile
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.