Congaree National Park


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Congaree National Park  in South Carolina protects the old growth forest on the floodplain of the Congaree River. When we were there, we thought it a swamp because the Cypress trees we saw were submerged in water. It is technically not a swamp, but a ‘bottomland’ subject to periodic flooding.


The Sierra Club and grassroots environmental groups fought to save Congaree from destruction by the logging industry in the Sixties. This park preserves one of the largest collections of ‘Champion Trees’ (a Champion Tree being the largest known of its species.)


It was declared a National Monument in the Seventies and converted to National Park status in 2003.


We stopped at Congaree on a road trip in the Spring of 2010. We picked up a Junior Ranger booklet and perused the exhibits in the visitors center. We watched the short film and then walked the two-mile boardwalk loop.


It was quite humid and buggy, so we were grateful for the elevated path.


There were only a handful of others in the park, so we pretty much had the loop to ourselves. At one point, we startled a snake sunning itself in the middle of the walkway.

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Location: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061

Designation: National Park

Date designated or established: 11/10/2003

Date of my visit: 4/08/2010


14 thoughts on “Congaree National Park

  1. Steve

    Awesome! I had NO idea this was there, like some of the other places you post. Will work this into my trip to Cowpens. Thank you again for making us all aware!

    1. Cool! Be sure to check out the website…I think there is more to do there than just walking the boardwalk loop (Saw guided ranger kayak trip somewhere on their page, I think) but we had hours of driving ahead of us so we didn’t explore as much as we would have liked.

  2. The bugs are pretty relentless! I just missed the lightning bugs when I went in early June. So glad to see another national park aficionado, keep at it! 🙂

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