Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals Park

Overview

Area name

Saluda Shoals Park

Area Location

Head west on Piney Grove Road towards Whitehall from exit 104 on Highway 26. Travel 1.5 miles then turn right onto St. Andrews Road. .02 miles and turn left onto Bush River Road, then travel 1.5 miles and left to the entrance.

Area Map

Access

Admission: $4 for Lexington Country residents, $5 for non-residents.

Hours of Operation: open daily from 7:00 – sunset.

Facilities

Background

Saluda Shoals Park is one of three areas that make up the Columbia Area. The other two are Lake Murray Dam Park, and Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.

This area lies along the Lower Saluda River’s eastern bank, and is a small wooded area with fields, the best birding is done here in April/May, and September/October.

Key Birds

Resident

Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, House Wren.

Summer

Mississippi Kite, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Orchard Oriole.

Winter

Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte’s gull, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow.