West Columbia, part of the greater Columbia, SC metropolitan statistical area, is a city in the suburban eastern sections of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population was 14,988.
West Columbia lies to the west of Columbia, South Carolina, directly across the river. It’s near Columbia’s city center or downtown district as well as the South Carolina State House and the Congaree Vista, known locally as “the Vista.”
West Columbia is bordered to the south by its sister suburb, Cayce, SC.
West Columbia’s lovely Riverwalk park, part of the Cayce-West Columbia Riverwalk, is within walking distance of the South Carolina State Museum and Columbia’s Vista, a residential, restaurant, entertainment district. The park offers views of Columbia’s skyline, but it’s the river and the, largely undisturbed, ancient floodplain forest that offer the best views.
The entire Riverwalk system is an interesting mixture of a city park and the natural beauty of a state park trail. The park system has wide, paved walkways and is completely wheelchair accessible. The park is lighted and has emergency call boxes spaced along the entire length of the park’s pathway.