Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.
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  • Phoenix Mom
    Madison, New Jersey25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Ecosystem
    Made a point to visit this park on our way home from a South Carolina beach vacation. We walked to 2 mile boardwalk trail which gives you a lot of nice information an this very special ecosystem. Although there were many visitors it was a peaceful and quiet walk . Highly recommend seeing. So glad that this special place was preserved as a park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • CathyP1953
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina1,407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park!!!
    What a great place to experience wildlife!!! The drive from the Interstate was a little farther than I expected, but I was not disappointed upon my arrival. The displays at the Visitors Center were so nice- samples from around the area were prominent. Great visit!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Jackson
    Santiago, Chile74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a walk with friends and families alike!
    Congaree is such an under appreciated park. If you’re ever near, I highly recommend you stop for a lap around their raised platform trail. Perfect for those in wheelchairs or with strollers. Very serene and great for an afternoon stroll.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2024
  • bargin gal
    Atlanta, Georgia279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful National Park
    Beautiful National Park. The Vistors Center was very nice. Water levels were very high when we were there, all the trails were underwater and the boardwalk was partially underwater. Still, it was nice to walk along the boardwalk. We saw deer, turtles, lots of birds and three snakes. The trees were just trying to bust out for spring, very pretty. The park is in a somewhat economically depressed area so if you can, try and patronize some of the local business to help out the area. Plan to take a guided kayaking tour if you have time, it is a great way to see the park. The park was not to busy, we were there on a Thursday and Friday. One local who was also enjoying the boardwalk said the weekends get busy.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • OWWTFO
    86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most trails flooded but still worth seeing
    The boardwalk and bluff trail were open. Almost all other trails were underwater. It was still worth seeing and we enjoyed it for a couple of hours. We saw deer, turtles, and woodpeckers - sounded like mini jackhammers.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Hatzlacha
    Virginia914 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seems more like a nature preserve
    It's quite nice that the park created a very accessible path to explore a unique (probably to most) ecosystem. For those ecologists out there, they'd be thrilled. For the average guys like us, it's more a pleasant walk through nature. There were more rugged paths for those so inclined, but definitely not necessary to get the feel of the place. I do suspect cooler weather is a must, cause I cannot imagine what the mosquito burden would be some summertime.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A National Park Worth a Visit
    My sons and I visited Congaree National Park recently. Since it is the beginning of Spring in South Carolina water levels were high. Many trails and the boardwalk had portions that were under water. However we able to do an out and back walk on the boardwalk and we enjoyed it. This park preserves old growth hardwood forest and is beautiful. Most eastern national parks are different from the expectations at western parks. Places like Zion and Yosemite have majestic vistas and unique rock formations. That is not Congaree; Congaree's beauty lies in the dense forests and wetland areas throughout the park that team with all kinds of animal life. It is worth a visit. Do note that it can be quite filled with mosquitos at times. Our visit in March was mild and we did not have to battle the mosquitos. The rangers and volunteers we encountered were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I found them to be some of the most enthusiastic I have met. They are a great resource. I recommend a visit to Congaree.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Cheryl J
    Indianapolis, Indiana544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Backcountry camped from South Cedar Creek canoe launch.
    We rented kayaks and got a back country pass to camp overnight. It was a beautiful trip down the creek / floodplain and nice overnight. South Cedar Creek Canoe launch was well mantained with nice steps, deck for easy launch into the water (you do need to carry your Kayak down a short gravel road from parking lot). Lot has pit toilets and trash container.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Westgoat
    Westminster, Colorado71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Wonders of Nature
    Living in the West, we've never seen anything like the Bald Cypress trees - and their knees. And the Loblollies were sooo tall! The boardwalk was great and adjacent to the parking lot - everything was simple to navigate. At the beginning of the boardwalk, we picked up a guide that corresponded to the numbers on the boardwalk, so we learned as we went along. The visitor center was excellent, too. That's where we learned about the knees and saw a great visualization of Congaree's tall trees.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
  • frogfan63
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get off the Broadwalk and explore
    You have to get off the Boardwalk to really appreciate Congaree National Park. I realize that weather and time of year greatly affects that ability, but we were there towards the end of April and it was perfect for our "off the beaten track" hike and best of all NO MOSQUITOS!!!! This park is free to enter with no crowds which is perfect. Some people might view this as just a swamp, but it's so much more.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2024
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Chris B
Michigan497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The boardwalk is pretty nice but it's very limiting as far as a National Park goes. We opted to book a kayak tour for a more immersive experience. We chose JK Adventure and they were great. It was only our second time kayaking and our guide was very helpful. We went in the fall although most of the trees were still green there was a bit of color to see. The temp was a decent 70 degrees and the bugs were practically non-existent so that was a plus. Overall it was a nice experience but as far as National Parks go... it was just ok. Probably a one and done for us.
Written November 1, 2022
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Kaela
Seattle, WA1,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Visited in September and it was a really pleasant little area. The whole area is dog friendly and we enjoyed taking our pup on the boardwalk and trails. Not a ton to do or explore but we still enjoyed it! There was also barely anyone there which helped a lot. Highly recommend going in cooler weather because we had no issues with bugs and I imagine it would be much worse in the summer!
Written September 23, 2020
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First, I love our national parks and other national units and praise everyone who works in them and keeps them alive. But, I just couldn't get excited about Congaree. Perhaps it's because I grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas and I've seen lots of trees and forests and many hardwood trees in my lifetime. The flood plain aspect of this area is interesting, but I really don't see why this got promoted from National Monument to National Park. We did a bunch of hiking and it was wet and muddy with little wildlife. And, we were lucky to not have the mosquitoes which are apparently normally horrendous. Anyway, others may lover it, but it's not for us.
Written February 3, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We made a visit on Friday, October 8 late in the afternoon. Started the 2 mile Boardwalk Loop Trail at 4:45 pm and finished in an hour. This National Park is free and we found plenty of parking near the trailhead. When we were there, we saw some people but it was not crowded at all.

The boardwalk is well maintained and flat and the trail is very enjoyable. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written November 3, 2021
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We are slowly working our way through the national parks in our immediate vicinity (NE TN). Columbia being a short drive away, we made a weekend out of it. Congaree is an interesting microcosm of unusual flora/fauna. Due to recent storm damage, the circuitous route of the raised boardwalk is interupted by repair work. We used the boardwalk to take us to the lake trail, and went around the lake. It is obvious that the water level can get high enough to wash a lot of this landscape away. The water wasn't too high during our visit, and we were able to experience a cypress "swamp" where the bottom of the tree roots were somewhat exposed. Since our visit was in April, we didn't experience the serious heat of the summer. You are in a wildlife area....a point driven home by an encounter with a sunning water moccasin. We did see a King snake as well....much less "entertaining." Make sure you get a map (or snap a pic at the main visitor center) as getting lost would not be much fun. It took us about 2h to walk around the lake and get back to the visitor center. Recommended.
Written April 26, 2021
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CaribMark
Charleston, SC156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Nature has its own plans despite what your hopes may be. The annual firefly watch (lightning bugs) is well organized. The lottery for tickets starts in March online. If you win, bring your pass that was emailed and ID. There are picnic tables, a bookshop/gift shop and a boardwalk into the woods to explore before dark. The area to view the fireflies is an upper level deck (best) and areas below that. The fireflies come out about 9:00 pm till 10:00 closing and you may see hundreds of only a hundred bright blinking lights in the dark woods. Now that we've done it, after a 2 hr drive each way, I'm pleased but not blown away, and need not do it again. Btw...we saw about 100 mid-May.
Written May 15, 2023
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Michelle L
Sacramento, CA329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We've been on a National Park kick since last year so we were excited to go to one close to Atlanta. To be honest, I would recommend going the next time you are going through South Carolina, as its lovely, but not totally worth the drive to make this you're only stop. A plus is that there is no cost to enter this park, just go early as it could get crowded quickly, also, dog friendly!
Written February 16, 2021
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MEPHX
Phoenix, AZ163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Visited on a Sunday morning. The gift shop was closed but there was a very helpful volunteer giving out information and advice by the outside map. Part of the Boardwalk Trail was closed due to fallen trees, so we were able to walk 3/4 of the way around and then had to turn around. The volunteer explained all that and showed some options for trails to use instead of the Boardwalk but we stayed on the Boardwalk as it was so interesting. Be sure to pick up the free Self-Guided Boardwalk trail paper guide - lots of interesting information as you go along. Take the quick side trip to the pier at Weston Lake as well - we saw a snake and turtles there. The Mosquito Meter said "average" and we weren't bothered by them, even without bug spray. This National Park is free, and the boardwalk is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Definitely worth a visit and a walk on the Boardwalk.
Written April 18, 2022
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Edward S
Lexington, SC652 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
My wife and I visited Congaree national Park in Hopkins South Carolina. The weather was beautiful We enjoyed walking the trails and on the boardwalks beautiful birds of different kind were to be seen. it 's a great place for taking pics. I recommend this for couples or families or just for a stroll in nature. The Lobolly pines and Maples are beautiful and at night stars can be seen without a lot of city lights to interfere.
Written November 17, 2020
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A S
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Bugs, lots of dense woods, dirty water, critters, boardwalk closed under construction.
Easy to get lost once you get into the park near river. Trails overgrown, and marking go from great to terrible.

Plus..no one here! Social distancing easy.
Written June 30, 2020
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