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Congaree National Park

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Unique National Park

We spent an afternoon here while traveling between Charleston and Charlotte. Took the Boardwalk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rageisman
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Out of the way gem

We were surprised to find this national park, which is essentially a swamp - near us outside... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
D C C
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“boardwalk trail”(49 reviews)
“visitor center”(74 reviews)
“old growth”(31 reviews)
About
One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.
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100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-8320
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+1 803-776-4396
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Planned a trip to Congaree as it is one of the National Parks and have goals of visiting all of them in our lifetime. This is probably our least favorite park so far. We did camp at Longleaf campground and only got to stay one...More

Thank Aaron G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in early September at about 4 p.m. It was very hot, humid, and full of bugs (mosquitoes). The visitor center sells bug spray but but we brought our own -- which is very much needed. They even have a bug meter at the...More

Thank Dateleaf
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an afternoon here while traveling between Charleston and Charlotte. Took the Boardwalk loop hike which was very enjoyable. I had been worried that it would be too hot to enjoy on an August afternoon, but was pleasantly surprised that almost the entire hike...More

Thank rageisman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised to find this national park, which is essentially a swamp - near us outside Columbia, SC. It was a short drive from the city but well worth it to see this beautiful and interesting park. The brief movie offered in the visitor...More

Thank D C C
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This is a very nice National Park. There are no entrance or parking fees. Once you have arrived to park, the ranger center is a short walk of about 50 meters. The Ranger and his staff were very informative and helpful with any questions you...More

Thank TravelDude88
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We happened to go when the fireflies synchronize. I loved it. Next morning we waited in anticipation of a canoe tour cancellation, and there was, so we finally got to go. Very enjoyable. The tour is on a creek, not a swamp. For evenings, make...More

Thank TAbtahi
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Nice little campground with friendly rangers and close to parking so didn’t have to lug very far to site. Kind of low-lying, so not great if there has been recent rain, otherwise, nice little spot.

Thank Ronald P
Reviewed August 5, 2018

decking throughout the 2.4 mile circle tour. a real scorcher in July. 84 degrees and 96% humidity. bring more water than you think you might need. very informative with numbered stations and a guide from visitors center explaining what we were looking at from vertical...More

1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed July 26, 2018

This is a hidden gem -- a national park only since 2003, but an area of natural awe-inspiring beauty for probably well over 1,000 years (cypress can live that long!). The boardwalk walk takes less than 2 hours -- way less if you don't stop...More

1  Thank sjbirder
Reviewed July 20, 2018

I’m always looking for a good nature walk while on my business trips. While in the Columbia SC area I came across this gem. I enjoyed strolling on the boardwalk along with walking the trails. There are miles of trails from which to choose from,...More

Thank David H
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GypsyZora
April 2, 2018|
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Response from Trrhperry | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to contact the park headquarters. There is a place on the website to contact the staff. They responded to my questions promptly and efficiently.
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RadioJeff
March 26, 2018|
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Response from HonestReviewGuy913 | Reviewed this property |
There are no rentals available in the park, but there are outfitters in Columbia where you can rent the type of watercraft you prefer. They can also offer advice on timing, best places to put in, etc... The full Cedar Creek... More
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Cathy G
March 16, 2018|
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Response from ruth w | Reviewed this property |
Just a little more information - we just canoed this last weekend - so our info is up to date. We registered for backcountry the day before we canoed - so we could get on the river earlier - because the park visitor center... More
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