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Living in East-Southeast Columbia

Where It Is

The East-Southeast side of Columbia is reached from downtown by taking SC Route 12 (Taylor St. which turns into Forest Drive). This area is one of the older established lanes. This area was the first suburban area to develop outside urban Columbia. Fort Jackson is here also.

I-77 through Southeast Columbia completes a circle of expressway around Columbia. Commercial development is found on Garners Ferry Road, Forest Drive, and Devine Street.

About East-Southeast Columbia

East of town taking SC 12 (Taylor Street. which turns into Forest Drive) is the City of Forest Acres, one of the first suburban communities established outside of Columbia's city limits. One of the largest municipalities in Richland County, it is bordered on the south by the City of Columbia, to the east by Ft. Jackson, and on the north by the Town of Arcadia Lakes.

Covering five square miles, it has a population of 10,580. Forest Acres is a popular residential choice for people who work downtown. Its varied shops and convenience to the city's center are complemented by its peaceful neighborhood setting. This area is known for its outstanding floral beauty each spring and Columbians enjoy leisurely drives through its shady streets to admire the display.

Heathwood and Forest Hills are nearby neighborhoods that also share fame for fantastic spring flowers and beautiful homes. I-77 through Southeast Columbia completes a circle of expressway around Columbia.

Commercial development is found on Garners Ferry Road, Forest Drive and Devine Street.

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Forest Acres:

Nestled among old growth pines and hardwoods, the City of Forest Acres was incorporated in 1935 in part to encourage the residential qualities that will always be cherished as imparting a small town feel in urban surroundings. It's not an exaggeration to think of Forest Acres as a wonderful oasis offering the best characteristics of residential living. Homes are located down winding lanes with gigantic trees and beautiful azaleas. With its schools, churches, convenient shopping and ready access to an abundance of cultural events, Forest Acres is where life is at its best. Forest Acres is often referred to as Columbia's first suburb.

Arcadia Lakes:

Arcadia Lakes is located off Trenholm Road south of Decker Boulevard. Located in the 2,288 acre tract in Richland County known in the 1880's as the Douglas Mill tract, Arcadia Lakes was first agricultural land composed of lakes and forests with towering pine trees. The nearby ancient Indian Trail of Two Notch Road, marked by two chops carved into the path's trees to serve as a guide, provided the Maine to Florida route for settlers and American Indians to travel across the State of South Carolina, passing through the Capital City of Columbia. Seeking to avoid the hustle of the metropolitan area of Columbia, a few adventurous families moved from the city to the contry, now the Town of Arcadia Lakes, during the 1900's. Eventually, additional roads were cut, Trenholm and new residents moved into the area. The rural environment experienced a historic metamorphosis into a suburban community.

Lake Katherine

Lake Katherine is a large body of water located just west of I-77 in the southeast area of Columbia. It is reached off Trenholm Road and features beautiful homes, most with water views situated on meandering roads under large canopies of tress. A magnificent display of springtime blossoms is found here each year.

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The Congaree National park

The Congaree National Park preserves the last significant ancient river bottom hardwood forest in the United States and is located about 15 miles south of Columbia off SC-48. Boardwalks meander through forests of huge grandfatherly trees and young palmettos. Phone (803) 776-4396.


Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50% of all soldiers and 70% of the women enterting the Army each year. Fort Jackson provides the Army with trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors who espouse the Army's core values.

While some military installations have experienced downsizing and closure in the past years, Fort Jackson has added several new schools and training instituations since 1995 including the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the U.S. Army Chaplains Center and School, and the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment. In Addition, Fort Jackson has set aside $730 million for new construction to be built on base over the next years.

The fort encompasses more that 52,000 acres of land including over 100 ranges and field training sites and 1,160 buildings. Soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members make up the Fort Jackson community that continues to grow in numbers and facilities. An additional 12,000 students attend courses at the Soldier support Institute, Caplain Center and School and Drill Sergeant School annually. More than 3,900 active duty Soldiers and their 14,000 family members are assigned to the installation and make this area their home. Fort Jackson employs almost 5,200 civilians and provides services for more than 36,000 retirees and their family members.

The fort has a major economic impact on the local area, contributing $2.6 billion to the local economy. In addition, over 175,000 family members travel to the Midlands area each year to attend basic training graduation activities, staying in local hotels, dining in area restaurants and shopping local stores. Fort Jackson and the City of Columbia have forged a friendship that has stood the test of time. Since 1917, when fighting men were needed during World War I, Fort Jackson has had proud history of training Soldiers for America's Army. The post's initial site of 1200 acres was purchased and donated to the federal government by the citizens of Columbia. This began a tradition of mutual respect and cooperation between the city and Fort Jackson that continues today.

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