The Saluda River is one of only ten class A scenic rivers in South Carolina as designated by the Department of Natural Resources. Saluda Shoals Park was built with the vision that future funding would connect downtown Columbia to the Lake Murray Dam with Saluda Shoals Park as the centerpiece.
The SC Legislature has allocated $1.5 million in the 2018-2019 state budget to serve as seed money for the completion of this project. A feasibility study is currently being done by CMRPC and should be completed by mid-2020. The Midlands Business Leadership Group has identified the Lower Saluda Greenway as a top priority project to spur economic development in the Midlands and has established a task force through which to move its completion forward.