One of the great things about living in Columbia is the many wonderful recreational opportunities available. Columbia has over 3,100 acres of park land. There are 83 parks, green spaces, and recreation facilities in the city. One of my favorites is Stephens Lake Park.
The property has a rich history dating back to the 1800's when David Gordon settled there. Captain Gordon was one of the founders of the Smithton community that in 1821 became Columbia. In 1926, Stephens College acquired the property and built a 9 hole golf course. The city acquired the property in 2001 thus preserving a part of Columbia's history and providing its citizens with a wonderful community asset.
The park encompasses 116 acres and includes an 11 acre lake with swimming beach. There are numerous shelters, a pavilion, walking and biking trails, an amphitheater, sledding hill, and other amenities; even WiFi. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, sledding, and picnicking. Enjoy concerts, festivals, and events such as Art in the Park and the Roots N Blues Music Festival.