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Old 04-20-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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No, you're fine. I've always predominantly felt that Columbia was flat, but was always amazed by the series of hills throughout the city, the view from Rosewood drive overlooking Williams-Brice for example. But are you saying the CBD is situated on a hill or most of the city itself is? I never thought of Columbia being like an acropolis, but I see what you're saying. I just think that Columbia is predominantly flat along with a series of hills throughout the city, at different places of course.

But I did read that Columbia is prone to inversion, which is the increase in temperature with the increase in height of a city. So that makes sense to what you're saying, too.
Most of downtown Columbia is on top of a hill with many hilly areas around the center of the city and to the north and northwest. Any time you have hilly areas you will also have valleys between the hills, but the main part of Columbia is on top of a hill and not in a valley. To the south and southeast of the city, the land is much more flat.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Waccamatt is correct, Columbia very much sits atop a hill up from the river. From the dam, you can see buildings just a couple of strories high.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Irmo, SC
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In the end, I guess its a good thing that Columbia is on a hill. Makes the buildings look a little taller and the city more prominent I'm fine with that.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Sumter, SC
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Ask my wife about the hills in Columbia. She just ran the half marathon several weeks ago and was not prepared for the elevation changes. We live in Sumter and there are "ZERO" hills here. She made it and even maintained her time throughout. But she was sore and will not run it again.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Ask my wife about the hills in Columbia. She just ran the half marathon several weeks ago and was not prepared for the elevation changes. We live in Sumter and there are "ZERO" hills here. She made it and even maintained her time throughout. But she was sore and will not run it again.
I always say - the hills roll just right around here. But I don't run marathons.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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I also ran in the marathon and I can attest that Columbia is "hillier" than it appears!
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: vancouver, wa
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Okay Columbia has hills & valley(s) & lakes. Would it be true than to say south of downtown is flatter & less trees, whereas NE is more tree lined. How is the topography compare from Aiken to Cola vs Cayce to Chapin?
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Okay Columbia has hills & valley(s) & lakes. Would it be true than to say south of downtown is flatter & less trees, whereas NE is more tree lined. How is the topography compare from Aiken to Cola vs Cayce to Chapin?
Aiken is a little flatter than downtown Columbia and is more comparable to the south side of town. Chapin is northwest of downtown so it's hillier.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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Trying to think of anything I would consider a hill in Chapin...
Still thinking ...

Hmm. Recently I have been seeing some pretty wildflowers on highway 76.

Lush greenery and hills, however, are in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.
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