A City Apart
A City Apart. That's the slogan of Forest Acres, possibly Columbia's most distinctive community. Forest Acres is indeed a separate incorporated city, with an identity all its own. Take a drive—or better yet, a stroll—through the pine-shaded streets of Forest Acres. You'll meet families who have lived here for generations, mingling with younger first-time residents, enjoying each other's company. No matter what neighborhood you choose—Lake Katherine, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, or many others—you'll find this same neighborly spirit. It's present in the shopping and dining center of Trenholm Plaza, and reflected by Forest Acres' many fairs, festivals and farmers' markets.
Forest Acres residents are proud of their city, for many reasons. Its history goes well back into the 1700s when many of Columbia's founders owned the land. South Carolina's first shopping mall is here: it began life as Richland Mall, but you now know it as Midtown at Forest Acres. Many outstanding schools, both public and private, call Forest Acres home: A.C. Flora High, Crayton Middle, Satchel Ford Elementary, Cardinal Newman, Brockman, Timmerman, and others. Fort Jackson, at the end of Forest Drive, is the United States Army's primary training facility.
Forest Acres may claim independence from the big city of Columbia, but don't let the slogan fool you. The rest of Columbia is minutes away. Gervais and Taylor Streets take you directly to the heart of downtown, and Interstate 77 can take you anywhere.
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