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Conway Riverwalk — Conway, South Carolina

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Conway Riverwalk

Conway is known as South Carolina’s historic river town. This quaint little hamlet is often overlooked by vacationers who pass through on their way to Myrtle Beach. However, for those who do stop, taking a walk along the Conway Riverwalk provides a special treat.

Conway Riverwalk

Theresa Borgeson of Conway, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Riverwalk is a great place to take a brief stroll along the meandering Waccamaw River. Not only can visitors enjoy this famous blackwater river – stained dark by the tannins that nourish it – but they will also come across rustic wooden buildings, a playground, marinas, picnic tables, and an elegant inn. At one end of the trail is a magnificent arboretum that features a wide variety of trees and plants.

Victoria Shirley of Conway © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Conway has a long and proud history dating back to the early 1700s. Much of its downtown area is listed in the National Historic Register. The riverwalk is part of a historical walking trail, which features many buildings, homes, churches, and other places that define the early days of the town.

Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge

Chris Austin of Charlotte, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

People walk beneath the Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge on the Riverwalk. The bridge was constructed in 1937 to honor Horry County citizens who served this country in wars from the American Revolution to World War I. Its unique architecture and influence on the early development of the Grand Strand earned it a place in the National Historic Register.

Waccamaw River Park Conway

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Riverwalk also takes pedestrians to Riverfront Park as well as the Conway City Marina, where people launch boat free of charge. Slips can be leased on an annual basis, and canoes and kayaks can also be rented nearby. In 2015 The Nature Conservancy purchased a tract of 494 acres adjacent to the Waccamaw River and across from the Riverwalk. This land will remain green space and may one day include additional walking trails.

Conway Riverwalk Arches

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Not only do people enjoy the Riverwalk for recreation, but it is the site of festivities, as well. The annual Christmas Boat Parade is best viewed from the Riverwalk, and the summer celebration Riverfest features food and activities along the walk and in the park. The Riverwalk is so popular that it is not uncommon to spot a wedding taking place on the scenic walk.

Conway Riverwalk

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Conway Riverwalk

Contributor Theresa Borgeson, who took the photo at the top of the page which features graffiti, shares the following: “I enjoy walking, exploring, and also photography as an art and journal of where I have been. I am fascinated with the beauty – natural and manmade – in the world around us. The stories that can be told with a photo. Or my words.

I am a new resident to the area so I do not know the history yet, but I am learning. What I see here is a building that was built many, many years ago, by hardworking people. It was most likely a very relevant structure. It, with time, became obsolete and vacant. [It now provides] ambiance, beauty, and history within the more recent construct of a beautiful riverwalk and bridge.

But also you have the writing on the exterior. Those particular young humans perhaps don’t see the depth, the extent of hard work – the understanding or appreciation for what once went into the facility and area. Or what that generation may feel when they see that it is there. It is an expression of carefree, fun living. They haven’t the capacity yet to appreciate the ghost behind a building like that. But – it is a story within itself of comradery, celebration, and becoming an adult and getting the good times in while you are still so bold to do so. Making new memories on forgotten ones.

Add your own reflections here.

Conway Riverwalk Info

Address: 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526
GPS Coordinates: 33.834188,-79.043974

Conway Riverwalk Map

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13 Comments about Conway Riverwalk

David S Buckles says:
March 18th, 2019 at 10:00 am

Is there a marina with transient slips located on the Riverwalk? Thank you.

SCIWAY says:
June 22nd, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Conway has a calendar of events specifically for the Riverwalk here:

michael j maney says:
June 22nd, 2018 at 6:29 am

Looking for the location of the Riverfront Park event this weekend.

Elizabeth Hopkins says:
April 27th, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Are there any restaurants that are good eating on the Riverwalk? I just moved here and family is visiting in June & JULY. Help.

Mary Seldon says:
February 28th, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Conway is like most small southern towns. Nice place to retire as I did. Most people are nice but some can be quite nosy. Lol! All being said a nice place to live if you want a difference from the north. Not to small lots of businesses and only 14 miles from Myrtle Beach.

Elizabeth Hopkins says:
April 27th, 2017 at 11:27 pm

I lived in Conway for a year. I am not near the town, but 10 miles east. If you like quiet but a lot of businesses, the town is great and the people are great. I am not near anything and have to use a lot of gas. Very lonely. Might move. Good luck.

Patricia Marterer says:
July 24th, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Thinking now about Conway as a possible retirement location, certainly a visit destination. Maybe a drive there tomorrow, with one of my trusty canines.

Joseph Whitcomb, Jr. says:
July 18th, 2014 at 7:57 am

Is fishing allowed at the Conway Riverwalk? Beautiful view both from land and water. I like the idea that there is a marina there where you can rent boats.

Sandy Brugger says:
September 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This is a beautiful walk, I look forward to this every time I head to South Carolina. Quiet, serene and just a wonderful walk for daydreaming!

Elizabeth Hopkins says:
April 27th, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Joyce, Iam waiting to see the answer myself. PARKING. Good luck in getting an answer.

Joyce Parker says:
June 20th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Is there any parking at the start of the river walk? How long is the river walk? Is there a map available?

Lorene Fox says:
February 27th, 2013 at 11:08 am

How do I get to this place from Columbia… I would love to photograph the area and walk the Riverwalk …. Thank you!

Roy Higgins says:
August 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am

Are people permitted to fish from the Riverwalk in Conway?


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