Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Guignard Park


My daughter always gets excited when we take a trip to the playground. Some of our local favorites include Carraway Park, Felton C. Benton Park, and Virginia Hylton Park. We’ve recently started to branch out and explore different outdoor places to play around the Midlands. This past Sunday, we went to Guignard Park in Cayce and loved it!


Address: 964 Axtell Drive, Cayce, SC 29033

Guignard Park is located about five minutes away from downtown Columbia, right over the Blossom Street bridge. It is one of the many parks surrounding the Cayce Riverwalk.

It’s also in close proximity to some of our favorite local restaurants. It’s a quick drive to Henry’s on State Street, Savage Craft Ale Works, and Tony’s Pizzalicious. It’s also very close to the Cayce Riverwalk.

Cost: Free and open to the public


  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Playground area
  • Paved walkways wide enough for strollers or bicycles
  • A frisbee house 
  • A beautiful stream
  • Lots of room to run around
  • Plenty of shade
  • Fenced
  • Plenty of seating for parents

What We Love About It

Guignard Park is full of beautiful trees and open spaces. There’s a little frisbee house to encourage you to play in the open areas of the park. My daughter had a great time trying out all of the frisbees in the little house.

The park has lots of shade, so it’s a great place to go for summertime outings. There are also several picnic pavilions, so be sure to pack a lunch. 

There is a small but nice playground located near the parking lot on Axtell Drive. The playground structure is well-maintained. It features a tire tower, multiple slides, monkey bars, a rock climbing wall, and more. The structure is large enough to accommodate many kids at the same time.

If you’re not into tire towers or frisbee-throwing, you can enjoy a stroll on the paved walkways. These are also great for inexperienced bike-riders. The walkways surround the little stream that flows through the middle of the park. My daughter enjoyed plunking rocks in the water.

Things to Be Aware Of

  • There is no bathroom at Guignard Park. Make sure everyone goes before you get there.
  • Someone saw a snake on the walkway while we were visiting (eek!).

Despite the snake, we had a wonderful time at this park. Next time you have a few minutes to kill and you’re around Knox Abbott Drive or Blossom Street, stop at Guignard Park and take a little stroll.

Have you been to Guignard Park? What do you love best about it?

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Allison Linden
Allison Linden is an Alabama native who moved to the Midlands in 2011 with her now husband, Darin. Allison and Darin currently live in Red Bank with their children - Vivian and Henry. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and obtained her MBA in May 2019, while almost 8 months pregnant with Vivian. She has worked for a retail energy company since 2013 and began working from home during the pandemic. Her husband became a house spouse after the birth of Vivian to allow Allison to pursue her career goals. Balancing working at home with a baby and a preschooler has been a challenge, but she has thoroughly enjoyed watching her children grow up. Allison enjoys taking her children to Edventure, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens (the garden is way cooler than people give it credit for), local parks, the library, gymnastics, and dance class. When she is not working or momming, Allison enjoys exercising, binging true crime shows on Max, and occasionally having dinner and drinks with friends. Likes: Vacations, concerts, stand-up comedy, nice restaurants, bacon, juicy gossip. Hates: Yard work, driving, pants without an elastic waistband (hard pants), running.


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