Riverfront Park Historic Columbia Canal
Attention! Riverfront Park's North Entrance will be closed October 17 through mid-November. Do not park along the gravel road - cars parked there are subject to towing.
The park itself will remain open during this period; please access Riverfront Park at the south end entry: 312 Laurel Street .
Closure is due to geotechnical work that must precede reconstruction of the canal after last year's catastrophic flooding.
Check with park staff about trail closures--there may be localized closures around drill rigs taking core samples of rock and soil layers in the canal embankement. Those will take place between 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday from October 20 through mid-November.
It is imperative for your safety that you respect these work zones and closures! We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this inconvenience; we hope to be able to keep the park open for your enjoyment.
Events scheduled to take place in the park this October will proceed:
Famously Pink Half Marathon will run through the north end on Saturday 10/22 and Art on the Trail will be held as planned on Saturday 10/29.
Welcome to one of the finest parks in Columbia! The 167-acre park has two parking entrances for easy access. Riverfront South is at 312 Laurel Street; Riverfront North is 4122 River Drive.
This park is the site of the world's first fully electrically operated textile mill and the historic Columbia Hydroelectric plant, which was in continuous operation from 1896 until October 2015. Along with the
rich historical background , park amenities include picnic tables, benches, adult outdoor fitness equipment, public restrooms and water fountains. There is a beautiful brick amphitheater beside the vintage waterworks 1906 water plant. The asphalt and gravel trail along the river is a popular area for runners, walkers and bicyclists of all skill levels. Mile markers are located along the trail so that visitors can measure their travel distance. The trail extends for two and a half miles and offers wonderful views of the river and access to great fishing spots.
Remember! Riverfront Park is a Department of the Parks and Recreation for the City of Columbia. All plants and animals are protected and please feel free to observe and photograph, but don't not handle or disturb them.
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