Congaree National Park is also on the Congaree River.Congaree National Park offers FREE ranger guided canoe tours every Saturday and Sunday. The Congaree River was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2008!
The are two access points near downtown Columbia for the Congaree River.
One is on the Cayce side of the river on Old State Road. It was established in the 1750's as a base for Indian trade.
The Old Saluda Factory, on the opposite side, was built in 1834. A half mile below the rapids are the remains of a bridge that was burned by Confederate forces to slow Sherman's advance into Columbia.
Saluda River - South Carolina State Scenic River From downtown Columbia, and its start at the confluence at the Saluda and Broad Rivers, the Congaree River settles into a more peaceful flow for about 47 miles to its confluence with the Wateree River.
Significant rapids begin downstream of the I-26 bridge. A portage trail begins in the power line right-of-way just upstream of Mill Race Rapids on river right. There are two public boat landings on the upper end of the lower Saluda River -- one is the south bank of the river off Corley Mill Road (Lexington side) and the other across the river off Bush River Road.
Also, the Saluda Shoals Park, a 240-acre Regional park, will be developed just below the Bush River Road landing.Many people have drowned, lost boats and equipment, and/or have required rescue because of their negligence regarding the hazards of this river.Water flow conditions can change drastically within a couple of hours because of releases from the hydroelectric power facility at Lake Murray.The Columbia Rowing Club is located on the Broad River near the intersections of Broad River Road and I-20.It is on an ideal section of the Broad River for rowing.But, water conditions here and at other places on the Saluda River can be VERY DANGEROUS to river users.