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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Saluda, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Saluda, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Saluda native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Saluda, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Saluda's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Saluda.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Saluda?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Saluda, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Saluda, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Saluda, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Saluda, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Saluda, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Here's when we can expect strong to severe storms today in South Carolina

A period of heavy rain, gusty winds, and hail is expected to move through South Carolina. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.COLUMBIA, S.C. — A line of strong storms will move through the South Carolina Midlands Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “Enhanced” risk for severe weather for the western Midlands including Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington County for this afternoon.An enhan...

A period of heavy rain, gusty winds, and hail is expected to move through South Carolina. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A line of strong storms will move through the South Carolina Midlands Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “Enhanced” risk for severe weather for the western Midlands including Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington County for this afternoon.

An enhanced risk means numerous strong storms are possible. Farther east, the risk for storms is slightly lower because the storms will arrive after the peak daytime heating of the day, but any storms that develop out east will also be capable of severe weather.

Level of forecast confidence

There is some uncertainty about how widespread the severe weather risk will be today. On early Friday morning, the storm system was not producing severe weather indicating that these storms will be fueled mainly by rising air during the heating of the day. A morning shower or extra cloud cover would limit the risk for severe weather, but if skies clear out more than expected, storms will be more intense.

Threats

The primary threat with any strong storms that develop on Friday will be damaging wind. Rapidly rising warm and humid air can quickly create pockets of rain cooled air above that drop in the form of “microbursts”. This situation can produce brief strong wind events. There is some uncertainty about whether these storms will align along the cold front this afternoon and produce a more widespread threat for strong winds.

In addition to strong wind, hail can develop. When storms inhale warm air quickly, it can hold onto it's rain long enough for the rain to freeze into hail stones. There’s a threat for a few storms to be capable of hail up to 1” in diameter this afternoon, similar to the setup we saw earlier this week.

The risk for tornadoes is lower than the rain, straight line wind, and hail threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in the Carolinas with these storms.

Timing

Mostly cloudy skies this morning and humid air will prime the atmosphere for afternoon storms. Any morning showers that develop will be good news – because that will eat away at some of the available energy for afternoon storms. Regardless, the cold front will arrive with the best chance for thunderstorms mid afternoon starting around 1 PM in the upstate and 3PM in the western Midlands. The front will move into the central midlands by mid to late afternoon.

Widespread storms are expected from 4 PM into 7 PM.

Lingering storms are possible as late as midnight, before tapering off overnight as the humidity drops.

On Saturday afternoon, an upper level disturbance will move into South Carolina bringing clouds back into the forecast, but humidity levels will be too low to support anything other than scattered showers. This disturbance will keep some clouds around for Mother's Day.

State provides $38 million to Saluda County district toward construction of new school

An assessment team also recommended additions and renovations to three other schools.SALUDA COUNTY, S.C. — The Saluda County School District received a big check from the state on Thursday aimed at constructing a new school and renovating several others.South Carolina School Superintendent Molly Spearman announced that morning that the school district would be getting $38 million toward major infrastructure improvements.An independent revi...

An assessment team also recommended additions and renovations to three other schools.

SALUDA COUNTY, S.C. — The Saluda County School District received a big check from the state on Thursday aimed at constructing a new school and renovating several others.

South Carolina School Superintendent Molly Spearman announced that morning that the school district would be getting $38 million toward major infrastructure improvements.

An independent review ultimately led to a recommendation that the school system replaces one elementary school with a brand new one. It also suggested the school make considerable improvements to others.

The assessment team recommended a new school on the campus of Saluda Elementary School that would consolidate it with Saluda Primary. The same team also suggested "additions and renovations" to Hollywood Elementary, Saluda Middle School, and Saluda High School.

The Saluda County School District is composed of five schools with a student population of about 2,400 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. The state's review found that the average age of schools in the county was more than 50 years.

Superintendent Spearman explained that the money is a portion of a special proviso by the state legislature that gave the South Carolina School System $100 million to assist what it described as some of South Carolina's poorest school systems.

“With the generous support of the General Assembly, we are pleased to be able to provide the additional funding that these districts need to provide safe, state of the art facilities that students, families, and educators need and deserve,” Spearman said.

Locals are also happy about the decision.

“This investment by the State will help us provide the resources that our students and teachers have needed for decades,” said Saluda County School Board chair Dr. Kathy Coleman.

Superintendent Harvey Livingston the importance of the momentous day and thanked Spearman.

“We are extremely grateful for the investment made by the State of South Carolina to improve the educational environment for our students, teachers, and community,” Livingston said “We commend Superintendent Spearman’s leadership in her continued fight for improvements in public education, especially in rural districts such as ours.”

Saluda Shoals Park: Outdoor Family Fun in Columbia, SC

Are you thinking about a visit to Saluda Shoals Park? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the great outdoors, have some fun on the Saluda River or explore awesome play areas with your kids, Saluda Shoals is the place for you! Saluda makes for the perfect day trip activity or even a wonderful place to spend a few extra hours out of the house. We’ve got all you need to know about things to do, our favorite places to go within the park, and events you won’t want to miss out on!This article includes:...

Are you thinking about a visit to Saluda Shoals Park? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the great outdoors, have some fun on the Saluda River or explore awesome play areas with your kids, Saluda Shoals is the place for you! Saluda makes for the perfect day trip activity or even a wonderful place to spend a few extra hours out of the house. We’ve got all you need to know about things to do, our favorite places to go within the park, and events you won’t want to miss out on!

This article includes:Admission to Saluda ShoalsLeo’s Landing Playground at Saluda ShoalsSaluda Shoals Splash PadSwim in the Saluda RiverTrails at Saluda ShoalsKayak and Canoe at Saluda Shoals: Rentals availableRiver Tubing at Saluda ShoalsMore Things to Do at Saluda ShoalsSummer Camps at Saluda Shoals

Scoot on Over to Saluda

Saluda Shoals is a large 480-acre park that can be found along the banks of the Saluda River. This park encourages play within nature and does a wonderful job at keeping amenities clean, the landscape well-manicured, and the park itself inviting! Catching a glimpse of wildlife is not unheard of here. Take a break from the hustle of the city and enjoy the fresh air, nature, and all the fun Saluda has to offer!

Arriving at Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals has two entrances into the park. The main entrance, also considered the West Entrance, can be found off of Bush River Road. It is best to enter here if you are planning on going to the splash pad and smaller playground, kayak/tube rental shed, or dog park.

The East Entrance is located off St. Andrews Rd. and we recommend entering through this gate if you’re looking for Leo’s Landing, the Drone Zone, disc golf course, or tennis courts. Either entrance can get you to where you need to be, but for convenience, this is what we’d recommend.

Saluda Admission and Annual Passes

Entry into the park is $5/car. If you plan to visit the park frequently, an annual pass for $55 could be the best option for your family. A few of the amenities such as the dog park and splash pad cost additional fees which will be discussed below.

Top Things to do With Young Kids at Saluda Shoals Park

Leo’s Landing is the perfect all-inclusive playground that you never knew you were missing! It is a very unique and well-designed play space featuring large ziplines, countless climbing structures, a musical area, a variety of inclusive swings, and so much more! Be sure to check out our review of Leo’s Landing for more details and tips!

Need a place to cool off while enjoying Saluda Shoals? Head over to this large splash pad and let your kiddos run free. Here you will find a large variety of water spray equipment and overhead dumping buckets that are sure to keep your tribe busy for a while. The splash pad fills up quickly so we recommend you get there early!

To enter the splash pad, you will need a wristband which costs an additional $3/person at the gate. If you think you’ll use this feature a lot, you may want to look into purchasing a 15-visit pass for $40. The pass can be used at both Saluda Splash and the Melvin Park splash pad in Chapin.

Right next to the splash pad sits a completely covered and shady playground with a rock wall, slides, and monkey bars. There is also a large picnic shelter and restrooms next to the playground and splash pad. For a full day of play, we recommend bringing a dry change of clothes, packing a lunch, and then heading over to either the shaded playground or Leo’s Landing after the splash pad.

The splash pad hours change frequently throughout the summer so be sure to double-check that they will be open before you go!

Saluda Splash hours are:

Our Favorite Outdoor Adventures at Saluda Shoals

The outdoor fun is endless at Saluda Shoals Park! Load up your family and enjoy nature, make memories along the river, and observe the wildlife all around you. Here are just a few of our favorite outdoor activities available at Saluda. Keep in mind that children must be at least 5 years old to take part in rental activities!

We found the perfect place at Saluda Shoals to splash around and swim in the river! That being said, swimming at Saluda is allowed, however, there are no lifeguards or roped-off swim areas so, swim at your own risk!

To get to the “swimming hole” we recommend either parking at the Splash Pad or the lot near the upper boat ramp and kayak rental shed. If coming from the splash pad, follow the sidewalk to the far back of the parking area. When you see the picnic shelter, continue along the trail which will lead you into the parking lot of the boat ramp. Here you will have a great view of the river! Continue walking towards the left and you will come to the set of stairs that leads you down to the swimming area. While the beach landing isn’t large, it is decent-sized and gives the perfect entry into the river.

My family was not aware of this little swimming hole before our trip, but we still walked down and let our son dip his toes in. There was another family taking advantage of the cool water that had small tubes and toys for their kids to play with. I also loved that this area was very shady and surrounded by some of the trails.

Pro tip: don’t forget the water shoes if you plan on going for a swim!

Load up the bicycles and lace up the walking shoes because throughout Saluda Shoals Park you will find more than 10 miles of trails! These trails are both paved and unpaved, have a variety of different lengths, and are welcoming to many different fitness levels. Several miles of the trails even run along the river…talk about a beautiful view!

Heads up! From now until November 2022, portions of the Greenway Trail will be closed due to construction within the park.

You can view the Saluda Shoals

What better way to enjoy the Saluda River than by kayak or canoe! The park has canoes and both single and tandem kayaks available for rent from 9 am – 4 pm, daily. You can rent these for 1 hour for $25, 2 hours for $35, or for the entire day for $50. If you have a group of 5 or more people you can even book a 3-hour private guided tour.

This is a popular attraction during the spring and summer months so be prepared to potentially wait in line as always, we recommend getting there early, especially during the weekend!

Rent a tube for just $15 and have a relaxing two-hour float down the Saluda River! Rentals take place daily from 9 am – 3 pm and must be returned no later than 5 pm. Don’t forget to bring a small waterproof bag or cooler along with you for snacks and water.

Other Things To Enjoy At Saluda

Some additional amenities that can be found within Saluda Shoals Park are a disc golf course, two boat ramps, 8 picnic shelters, a river observation deck, team building programs, bird observation, and a large tennis court complex. Be aware that some holes of the disc golf course may be closed from February – November 2022 due to construction within the park.

Have a 4-legged furry child… I mean pet at home? Allow them to tag along on your family adventure and take them over to this 2-acre, fenced-in green space to run and play. Not only does this dog park have an agility course, but it also includes 3 shallow pools for your dog to cool off in, a fire hydrant sprayer, and a large gazebo. In order to use this feature, however, you must purchase a $40 annual pass which is good for up to 2 dogs per family. Leashed dogs are also permitted along the trails for no extra fees or passes required.

Calling all drone lovers! Head over to the fairly new “drone zone” located next to Leo’s Landing and practice your flying in a large, open green space. I’ve personally never seen this offered in other parks and thought it was a neat attraction!

If you need a unique space to host a meeting, wedding, birthday party or any other social gathering look no further! Saluda Shoals is home to three event spaces that can be rented out all throughout the year: Meech House, River Center, and Environmental Center. To book your next event you can go online for more information or contact Lori at 803.213.2015.

Saluda Shoals has a calendar FULL of events year-round. One of the most noteworthy events is the Christmas light display, “Lights on the River”. The route goes on for 2.5 miles with a place about halfway through to stop and roast s’mores, purchase hot chocolate and enjoy several other holiday favorites.

The lights themselves are truly amazing. Cars packed with families and eager children filled with the holiday spirit go on for MILES. Our best tip is to get to the park before the start time and prepare to wait. As in, pack lots of snacks and car-friendly activities for the kiddos. Even if you don’t get there early, you’ll be in a looooooong line of cars waiting to enter. It’s worth it though, we promise!

Some of the other events you can find at Saluda Shoals are wine tastings, beer tastings, cook-offs, family days, a 4th of July celebration, and more! Be sure to check out their calendar.

Summer Camps at Saluda Shoals

Saluda offers several summer camps for ages 4 – 16 year olds. The majority of the camps begin at 9 am and end around noon, however, there are a few that end later in the afternoon. Camps vary on dates and price and include:

For more Columbia area summer camps, don’t miss the 50+ summer camps in our Columbia, SC guide.

See You at Saluda!

Saluda Shoals Park5605 Bush River Rd.Columbia, SC 29212

Hours:March – October: 7 am – sunsetNovember – February: 7 am – 5:30 pm

Have you visited Saluda Shoals yet? What did your family enjoy the most? We would love to know!

Have tubes, will travel: Tube for FREE just 15 minutes outside Greenville, SC

There’s a short track of the Saluda River that you can take your own tubes on for free via Dolly Cooper Park, not 15 minutes outside downtown Greenville, SC. We tried it out and have all the details for you!When I heard about the new docks at Dolly Cooper Park in Greenville that opened up last year allowing guests to kayak or tube for free, I had to try it. It wasn’t until this heat wave though that I got over there with my kids and let me tell you, it was the perfect remedy for the 100-degree day we went.A...

There’s a short track of the Saluda River that you can take your own tubes on for free via Dolly Cooper Park, not 15 minutes outside downtown Greenville, SC. We tried it out and have all the details for you!

When I heard about the new docks at Dolly Cooper Park in Greenville that opened up last year allowing guests to kayak or tube for free, I had to try it. It wasn’t until this heat wave though that I got over there with my kids and let me tell you, it was the perfect remedy for the 100-degree day we went.

Also, the big draws for this place are that it’s free, it involves water on hot days, and it’s easy on the gas tank being so close to Greenville.

Dolly Cooper Park

The park, while having a Greenville address, is actually in Anderson County and just off I-85 near Easley. It has baseball fields, a disc golf course, and there is currently a ton of construction going on. It also has an ADA-accessible paved walkway along the Saluda River.

The park, while small, is the perfect launch point for some time on the Saluda River. The docks were unveiled in the summer of 2021 with the help of a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy.

Tubing the Saluda River

There are two identical kayak launches in Dolly Cooper Park a quarter mile apart. When you park, drive past the construction on the gravel road and past the baseball field down to a paved parking lot. You’ll see the wooden walkway to the northern dock. That’s where you will want to put in your tubes.

Once you get in the river, you’ll tube for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how fast the current is and water level, down to the southern dock. Be sure to go to the right of the small rapids near the dock so you can grab a hold of the dock and get out of the water with your tube (see below for more tips on this maneuver!). Once out of the water, carry your tube back to the northern dock on a quarter-mile paved trail and do it again! It only took us maybe five minutes to walk back to the dock and we got in about three runs on the river before I decided I had to get home and make dinner!

The river is nice and wide and it was really calm when we went. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. And we saw some cute turtles.

It’s free. There is no cost to tube, park, or enter the park. And it’s just 15 minutes from Greenville.

Tips on Tubing at Dolly Cooper Park

There are a few things I think you should consider when tubing this stretch of the Saluda.

Need some tubes?

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to find tubes in our area at places like Academy Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and WalMart. I was using a cheap WalMart Ozark Trail tube while my kids used bigger river tubes that we had bought a couple years ago. Lifejackets can be picked at the same stores or try Facebook Marketplace – I’ve found some great deals on water sporting goods there.

Here are a few links to help you:

If you’d rather pay for tubing and a shuttle service, we’ve got a big list of places to go!

Dolly Cooper Park170 Spearman Circle, Greenville, SC

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for most of Midlands until 11 PM

A messy Monday is in the forecast. Gusty storms and localized flooding are expected in the Midlands this afternoon.COLUMBIA, S.C. — A severe thunderstorm watch is now in effect for most of the Midlands as a system continues to bring rain and storms to the area.The watch is in effect for the following counties until 11 PM Monday: Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, and Kershaw Counties. A watch means conditions are favorable to severe weather, which is different from a warning, which w...

A messy Monday is in the forecast. Gusty storms and localized flooding are expected in the Midlands this afternoon.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A severe thunderstorm watch is now in effect for most of the Midlands as a system continues to bring rain and storms to the area.

The watch is in effect for the following counties until 11 PM Monday: Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, and Kershaw Counties. A watch means conditions are favorable to severe weather, which is different from a warning, which would mean a severe storm has been confirmed over the warning area.

A disorganized tropical disturbance is moving through the southeast bringing heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms into South Carolina. Already the system has triggered multiple severe thunderstorm warnings.

Heavy rain is expected and a few storms will be capable of producing damaging wind, localized flooding, and excessive lightning. H

The Weather Prediction Center issued a slight risk (Level 2 out of 4) for Excessive Rainfall for the South Carolina Midlands from the I-20 corridor north and west into the Upstate and North Carolina. A "Slight Risk" means there's a 15% chance for flooding within 25 miles within the risk area. The rest of the Midlands is in the lower (1 out 4) marginal risk for excessive rainfall where the potential still exists for isolated instances of ponding on the roadways.

Timing

The best risk for heavy rainfall is now through 7 PM. A final round of heavy rain is possible in the early overnight hours before things settle down for the evening.

What else to expect

The criteria for a "severe" thunderstorm is one that produces at least 58 mph winds, hail at least 1" in diameter, or is capable of producing a tornado. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 1 out of 5 risk for severe thunderstorms in the Midlands on Monday afternoon.

Storms that are not severe can still produce damaging, and the storms on Monday in particular are feeding on very humid air which is why excessive rainfall is today's biggest threat.

This humid air mass will persist in the Midlands for most of the work week bringing daily chances for rain. We're expecting humidity to drop behind a Friday cold front which should clear things out for the start of Memorial Day weekend.

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