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.
But, water conditions here and at other places on the Saluda River can be VERY DANGEROUS to river users.
The Congaree offers excellent paddling, some of the best fishing waters in the state and plenty of history along the river.
Congaree Swamp National Monument is also on the Congaree River.
Harbison State Forest is located along the Broad River in Columbia.
Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest to the Broad River.
Many people have drowned, lost boats and equipment, and/or have required rescue because of their negligence regarding the hazards of this river.