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Tree-lined streets.

Warm neighbors.

Free concerts. 

Green spaces.

And an unmatched sense of community.

This is Forest Acres.

Nestled on the eastern border of the City of Columbia, Forest Acres is known as "a city within a city." For its residents, Forest Acres is a small town with big goals – and an even bigger heart. Its eclectic mix of people – from young professionals and growing families to empty nesters and retirees – has crafted a community of character and soul that’s as irresistible as it is rare.

Forest Acres incorporated as a city in 1935 during FDR's Presidency. At the time, the Public Works Administration (WPA) offered grants to incorporated cities to pay for municipal water lines. Rather than become part of the City of Columbia, a group of passionate citizens pushed to become an independent community: one with its own water supply, one that was inspired by the belief that neighbors care and do for neighbors.

Forest Acres' caring, independent spirit thrives today and is instrumental in creating a city where top-rated public schools, growing local business community, great public services, and beautiful green spaces are just part of the reason why Forest Acres is "a city apart."

Learn More About Forest Acres


Top-rated public schools

We understand the importance of education and are proud to support and nurture a top-rated public school system.

See our schools

Build a bright future

More than a vision to create a great community in which to live, work, and enjoy, a real, viable, working plan.

View our strategic plan

Eat. Shop. Learn. Enjoy.

From local eateries and independent shops to art, history and playing in the great outdoors, Forest Acres is simply made for enjoyment.

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City of Forest Acres

City Hall - 5209 North Trenholm Road, Forest Acres SC 29206

Police & Court - 5205 North Trenholm Road, Forest Acres SC 29206

  • Main: (803) 782-9475 |
  • Police: (803) 782-9444 |
  • Court: (803) 790-5947

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