Walk Across the Dam
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The Columbia area’s newest walking pathway is directly across the top of the Dreher Shoals Dam along S.C. Highway 6. It's a popular place for walking and jogging. The distance is 1.7 miles each way for a total walk of 3.4 miles. The walkway offers spectacular views of Lake Murray and even the downtown Columbia skyline 11 miles away. This pathway was completed after the construction of the new backup dam at Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray (in 2005) and with the widening of S.C. Highway 6 across the top of the dam (in 2007). If you walk on a hot day, be sure to take a cap or hat, sunglasses and water.

Where to Park:
SCE&G South Recreation Area at Dreher Shoals Dam on S.C. Highway 6 near Corley Mill Road; Free parking area (limited space) or park across highway (be very careful crossing busy Highway 6); $3 for main recreation parking area.
SCE&G North Recreation Area at Dreher Shoals Dam on S.C. Highway 6 at Bush River Road; $3 for parking.

CLICK on the pictures below for larger image sizes. (Pictures by Mel Coker in April 2009)

Lake Murray dam walk
Irmo Side of Dam
Lake Murray Walkway
Lake Murray Pedestrian Walkway

Lake Murray historical marker
Lake Murray Historical Marker Side 1
Lake Murray historical marker
Lake Murray Historical Marker Side 2


Ready to Walk - Irmo side

View towards 5 Towers & Lexington Side


Almost to Spillway Bridge & Lexington Side

View towards Irmo Side

Photography credit: All photos by Mel Coker. Not to be used without permission or link attribution to this web page

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