Charleston Day Trip: Escape to Autumn in Columbia, SC by the Congaree River

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By Mark A. Leon

Just about two hours from Charleston between West Columbia and Columbia, South Carolina is the Congaree River and the Congaree River Bridge System.? On both sides of the river are scenic walking paths that combine beauty, history, fitness and the illuminating views of Autumn and the changing of the colors of the leaves.

These remarkable paths are a haven for runners, walkers, lovers and artists.? Or if you are more the adventurer type, you can find yourself kayaking on the river.

Start your day at Cafe Strudel and try their famous “Hangover Hashbrowns” featured in Southern Living Magazine and then walk down the steps of the amphitheater on the river and begin your journey.? For locals, the amphitheater offers free concerts on Friday nights in the Spring and Summer.

While you are out, here are a few I Spy items:

  • Frog Garbage Can
  • HIstoric Round Brick Houses
  • Kayakers
  • Weeping Willow Trees
  • Autumn Colors
  • Herons
  • Bridge Art

Wear some comfortable shoes and enjoy this beautiful fall getaway.

Here are a few images to entice you.