Congaree National Park

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Congaree National Park
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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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masonkyle
23 contributions
My wife and I are National Park enthusiasts, so we had to stop here on our drive from Orlando to North Carolina. I set my expectations low because this park is one of the least visited in the nation but now that I've been there I'm not really sure why. This park has lots to offer in the way of day hikes and paddling opportunities. My wife and I spent one afternoon and one morning here, doing a couple of hikes and picnicking. We were incredibly impressed with the boardwalk guided tour, which answered almost every question I was able to come up with.

Negative reviews here belong to people who were looking to have their socks blown off at fist glance, or weren't willing to put up with the weather. Unlike the Grand Canyon or the Redwoods you have to really look around to see the natural wonders this park contains, but if you're a nature enthusiast its well worth your time. Plant and animal life are everywhere and we greatly enjoyed our time here. If we ever go back we'll be sure to bring our kayaks to see the park from the many navigable creeks and streams that run through the park.
Written July 25, 2022
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celeste r
Lawrenceville, GA10 contributions
Family
We had a nice picnic and had a great walk on the boardwalk. Got a new stamp for our park passport book. The kids loved doing the junior ranger book and scavenger hunt we spent three hours here. So glad we weren’t deterred by the negative reviews.
Written July 17, 2022
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Kevin K
Columbia, SC3 contributions
While very hot and humid on July 4th for a hike, we started on the boardwalk trail and ventured off on the river trail. Didn't see another person at all which is a plus in my eyes for a nature hike. We did see several boars, a barred owl, pileated woodpeckers, and heard so many more birds. Had to turn back for a prior engagement prior to making it the river. Only downside of having the trail to ourselves was the dozens of spider webs crossing the trail. Got a light arms work out by swinging a stick back and forth!
Written July 12, 2022
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Jeremy V
Sioux Falls, SD64 contributions
Family
One of the most disappointing experiences I have had at a national park. Obviously, extremely hot and humid weather make everything worse. The three main positives were a quick glimpse of a gator swimming across Weston Lake, a small water snake that we could see, and (the most unique part) the trees’ knees that could be seen along the boardwalk throughout the park. I was thankful that the entire experience was free, because otherwise my teenage children would never let me live this one down. Mostly a waste of a couple hours.
Written June 24, 2022
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james w
Whitesburg, TN122 contributions
Family
The mosquito capital of South Carolina! Don't let that deter you. This is a great place!! Wildlife, Forrest, history.....it's great!! Use bug spray for the skeeters and flies when they are bad! The forest is beautiful, like being in a jungle!
Written June 12, 2022
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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM673 contributions
Family
Visited here on a beautiful summer day. We love collecting national park stamps. We were in the area on a vacation so decided to run over here. Wow. Unbelievable site. Remote, not well known but just outstanding hikes and trails, nice visitors center. It was worth every bit of the drive. Saw lizards, variety of insects. Board walk is an easy walk, you can decide distance if 2.5 miles is too long.
Written June 8, 2022
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BrandonJ0202
Fayetteville, NC56 contributions
Family
We had a great time on our visit. Family of five with three kids under the age of 8. Free entry - always a great start. The parking area was really full and it was hard to park, but it was a busy weekend, so it was expected. There is a nice little Gift Shop and Visitors Center at the parking area. If you have little ones, be sure to ask about the Junior Ranger program. They will get little activity books for the hike, which were great for entertainment while walking, and be rewarded at the end by being deputized as Junior Park Rangers (little keepsake badge and all). The boardwalk is a great “easy” hike that can accommodate all ages and skill levels. Could also do strollers (we didn’t use one, but you easily could). The whole hike is under canopy, so you will be shaded. Plenty of local wildlife to see - we saw tons and the kids loved it! We brought and bought (kids ones) some binoculars. I would definitely recommend bringing some if you have them. One thing we didn’t really encounter was a good area for picnicking. We ended up eating the lunch in the car. Only saw one or two tables and they were being swarmed by deer flies. Overall, great hiking experience for our group. There are plenty of other trails to get more distance - I don’t think there is much in terms of elevation though. As far as time, we spent a little bit more than two hours on the boardwalk - plus another 30 minutes in/around the Visitors Center.
Written May 29, 2022
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,379 contributions
What a gem so close to Columbia!! Just a short 40 minutes drive to the visitor’s center. Went early before the center was opened, but someone was there with information. Quite a few people were there. The park itself is open 24 hours. We suggest come early when crowds are light.

Since the weather is cool in the morning, we wore long pants and long sleeves to help with avoiding mosquitoes. They are definitely around. Swampy and marsh lands after all.

The boardwalk trail is less than 3 miles long. It is so pleasant. We loved all the birds. Very well laid out too. We especially enjoyed the Lake Weston viewing platform. We saw beautiful reflections in the lake. Lots of turtles swimming around. Main attractions were clearly marked and explanation in the guide.

Budget a couple of hours. If you’re prone to mosquito bites, bring Off. The loblolly pines are so unique. We never seen anything like them!
Written May 1, 2022
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Traci
Fort Mill, SC279 contributions
Friends
Worth a stop

If you’re in the area it’s worth a trip. Swamp lands are unique and different than other national parks.

Entry to the park is currently free. You can hike as much or as little as you like. The boardwalk is nearly 2.5 miles long. You can walk it in flip flops if you wanted to. Or you can hike off the board walk for miles.

If you go in the summer the mosquitoes are going to be HORRIBLE. Keep that in mind.
We went in April and we saw 2 mosquitoes
Written April 29, 2022
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MEPHX
Phoenix, AZ159 contributions
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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