Whether you have young children and are looking for some outdoor fun, want a place to take in the scenery, or are looking for a place to spend the weekend camping, the Lake Murray area is loaded with parks that offer a variety of recreational activities. Here are some of the top parks and what they offer.
Dreher Island State Park, located in Prosperity, spans three islands, 348 acres, and provides access to miles of Lake Murray shoreline. The park offers a ton of outdoor fun for visitors. Hikers can choose from a relaxing .25 mile walk along the Billy Dreher Nature Trail, a moderate 2.1 mile trail along Little Gap Trail, or a .33 mile through the middle of State Park Loop. For campers, there are two lakefront camping areas with scenic views, both for RVs and tent campers; reservations do need to be made for all camp sites. The park also offers three boat ramps that provide boat access to Lake Murray for boaters and those who want to enjoy fishing on the lake. For those with young children, Dreher Island State Park also has playground equipment and picnic shelters. To find out more about the park and everything it offers, visit here.
Crooked Creek Park is a state-of-the-art recreation complex in Chapin, SC. The park offers a variety of recreational outlets for visitors. The park holds a 53,000 square foot Community Center with a full gymnasium, racquetball courts, fitness areas, an indoor walking track, and meeting rooms. The park also holds 6 athletic fields, 6 tennis courts, picnic facilities, walking trails, playgrounds, and a 27-hole Disc Golf Course. In addition to recreational activities, Crooked Creek Park also has many cultural, instructional, and social activities. To explore a list of upcoming activities, take a look at their activity guide.
Irmo Community Park is located at 7507 Eastview Drive in Irmo. Home to the Okra Strut Festival, the park offers amenities that include two picnic shelters, BBQ grills, walking trails, playgrounds, and the Palmetto Health Amphitheater. Facilities can be reserved and are a great location to hold parties, family reunions, and special events.
Virginia Hylton Park is a tree-shaded park in Lexington, SC. Some of the great features of the park include a koi pond, butterfly garden, horseshoe pit, playgrounds, walking trails, a separate special needs playground, a creek with overlooks, and picnic shelters. There is also a large, covered stage/shelter with a grill, ceiling fans, lights, and electrical outlets that is available for rental.
Saluda Shoals Park is a 400-acre park featuring a river observation deck, boat launches, picnic shelters, an inclusive playground and trails. The park is also home to the Barking Lot Dog Park, a two-acre fenced, off-leash area for dogs to run and play. The park has two facilities, the Environmental Center and The River Center, available to rent for corporate or classroom activities. There are more than ten miles of paved and unpaved trails that run along the Saluda River, great for both walking and biking. The park also holds Saluda Splash, a seasonal water spray ground for children. Saluda Shoals offers many wonderful programs and activities for people of all ages. It is also home to the annual Holiday Lights on the River, where visitors can take a journey through more than 400 animated displays and millions of sparking lights each holiday season.
Seven Oaks Park, located near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads, has a community center offering visitors numerous special events, recreational programs, and instructional and cultural arts programs. There is a 30,000 square-foot facility with 3 full gyms, a fitness area, indoor walking track, senior center, dance studio, art studio, and meeting rooms. The park also has paved walking trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and nine athletic fields. Seven Oaks is a full-service recreational complex with opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, and those with special needs.
Columbia Canal & Riverfront Park features river views and is a nice place to unwind and get away. Look through an old pump house to learn the history of the Columbia Canal and Water Works, walk along one of the scenic riverfront trails, or take a seat on a bench to enjoy spectacular views and scenery. The park also features a playground, amphitheater, wheelchair trails, biking trails, fishing , and picnic shelters. The park hosts several annual events including Riverfest, Greekfest, and several smaller concerts.