Congaree National Park

100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC - 29061

Type: Parks
(803) 776-4396

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Congaree National Park, located in central South Carolina, is a unique and pristine natural area that preserves the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States. Covering over 26,000 acres, the park is a haven for biodiversity, featuring a complex ecosystem with towering trees, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural history. Established as a national park in 2003, Congaree offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and tranquility of this remarkable landscape.

One of the park's main attractions is its impressive forest, which includes some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States. Visitors can explore the forest through a network of hiking trails and boardwalks, including the popular Boardwalk Loop, which provides an accessible route through the heart of the park. Canoeing and kayaking on Cedar Creek offer a unique perspective of the park’s waterways and the opportunity to see wildlife such as river otters, turtles, and a variety of bird species. The park is also renowned for its seasonal phenomenon of synchronous fireflies, which attract visitors from around the world each spring.

Congaree National Park is open year-round and offers a range of activities for nature enthusiasts. In addition to hiking and paddling, the park provides opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, and camping. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center serves as the starting point for many visitors, offering educational exhibits, maps, and information about the park's natural and cultural history. Ranger-led programs and guided tours are available to enhance the visitor experience and provide deeper insights into the park’s unique environment. Whether seeking adventure or tranquility, Congaree National Park offers a captivating escape into the natural world.

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