Lake Murray Attractions

Lake Murray Attractions

Published: June 13, 2024

Updated: June 13, 2024

Terry Caulder
Terry Caulder
Little Mountain, SC
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Lake Murray, beyond its reputation as a premier fishing destination, boasts a plethora of activities for visitors of all interests. Adventure-seekers can indulge in thrilling water sports such as jet skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing, riding the waves, and soaking in the sun-kissed scenery. For a more serene experience, explore the lake's tranquil waters via kayaking or paddleboarding, allowing for up-close encounters with nature and serene moments of reflection. Surrounding the lake are numerous trails, perfect for hiking or biking, offering panoramic views and opportunities to spot indigenous wildlife. History enthusiasts can delve into the past at the Lake Murray Dam, learning about its construction and significance to the region. Families can enjoy a day of picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing at the various parks dotted along the shoreline, complete with playgrounds and designated swimming areas. Golf aficionados can tee off at nearby courses, enjoying challenging layouts amidst stunning landscapes. As the day winds down, don't miss the chance to witness the spectacular sunset over the lake, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural enrichment, Lake Murray promises an unforgettable experience beyond its renowned fishing opportunities.



Lake Murray Dam Recreation Park

Located on the Irmo side of the dam- the site provides a nice place to picnic, fish, or just enjoy the view. Has covered picnic tables with grills along with restrooms. The boat ramp is busy year-round. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a parking charge. I think $5. A good spot to park if you enjoy walking the dam. Nice to see one of the few public access points to the lake still open.



Lake Murray Country Visitor Center

The Lake Murray Country Visitors Center is open to serve visitors and residents providing detailed information on the region's attractions and Lake Murray. From fishing, boating, outdoor recreation, and golf, tours both on the lake and throughout the region. Get all the details regarding what to see and do or plan for your next vacation. Info is available on the City of Columbia, our four counties of Lexington, Richland, Newberry & Saluda Counties, and all of the out-of-the-way undiscovered places in this region. We are here to serve you daily. Stop in to see us and let's get you on Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina!



Escape Plan Columbia

Find Clues. Solve Puzzles. You will have 60 minutes to put your problem-solving skills to the test and work together to escape at the escape room recognized as one of the top 10 in the country! Whether it's taking over a pirate ship, exploring a haunted elevator, saving the kingdom, or trying to find missing persons, you're sure to have a blast in our live escape room adventures.



Saluda Shoals Park

This park offers it all! Trails…picnic places… playgrounds…fishing spots… boating…kayaking…tubing… environmental center…holiday lights at Christmas time… soccer fields and so much more!!!



Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. The Botanical Garden boasts 70 acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War.

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Nestled just a stone's throw away from Little Mountain, SC, Lake Murray beckons with a wealth of activities to enchant visitors of all ages. Begin your adventure by embarking on a scenic boat tour, cruising along the expansive waters while taking in the panoramic vistas of lush greenery and distant horizons. Thrill-seekers can satisfy their adrenaline cravings with water sports like jet skiing, tubing, or wakeboarding, zipping across the lake's surface amidst the gentle breeze and warm sunshine. For those seeking a more leisurely pace, kayaking and paddleboarding offer serene experiences, allowing you to explore hidden coves and tranquil inlets at your rhythm.


Beyond the water's edge, Lake Murray boasts an array of onshore delights. Lace up your hiking boots and traverse the picturesque trails surrounding the lake, immersing yourself in nature's splendor while glimpsing wildlife amid towering trees and fragrant wildflowers. History buffs can journey to the Lake Murray Dam, delving into the engineering marvel that tamed these waters and the history of its surrounding landscape. Families can make lasting memories at the lake's shoreline parks, where picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing opportunities abound. As the sun sets, don't miss the chance to witness the sky ablaze with vibrant hues, casting a magical glow over the tranquil waters—a perfect end to a day of exploration and adventure at Lake Murray, just moments away from Little Mountain.

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