Columbia Area

Columbia Area


Area name

Columbia Area

Area Map


Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

Hours of Operation: year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Lake Murray Dam Park

Admission: $3 per vehicle.

Hours of Operation: everyday, all day.

Saluda Shoals

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

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



The Columbia area is made up of several areas: Saluda Shoals Park, Lake Murray Dam Park, Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.

The best birding is done here in April/May, and September/October.


Key Birds


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


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.


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