Spring is here and the weather is great! Here’s a list of the best free state parks and nature areas to visit in Columbia this Spring! Did I mention FREE? Who doesn’t like free?!

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park- This is a great place to get outside and take a hike or visit “Devils Ice Box” cave. Located just outside of Columbia and about a 15-minute drive from University Place.

Shelter Gardens– This hidden gem is located just off of West Broadway in Columbia directly behind the Shelter Insurance building. It’s a beautiful botanical garden perfect to get lost in for awhile and great scenery for selfies or family/friend photos! Free admission for everyone and open every day of the week!

Stephens Lake Park– Great place to relax and enjoy some beautiful weather. Stephens Park is located in walking distance from University Place just off of E Broadway. Take a bike ride or a jog on the scenic trails or grab your fishing pole to catch some fish in the pond!

Grindstone Nature Area– Another great place to get outside for a hike or a bike ride. Multiple trails, some paved and some gravel. If you have a furry friend this is also a great place to take them as it is pet friendly!

Finger Lakes State Park– This one is a little bit of a drive! Located just outside of Columbia off of Hwy 63 N. There is over 1,128 acres of land with several amenities ranging from fishing ponds, dirt bike trails, kayaking, camping, sand beach, and a shooting range.

Pinnacles– This is also a little bit of a drive and located just off of 63 N about 20 minutes outside of Columbia. Great place to go climbing and/or view the massive rock formations created 250 million years ago when covered by a shallow sea!