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“Great Outdoor Experience - Free”

Congaree National Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This is a great place for a family outing. Hiking can be done on various trails and canoe trips are available. The canoe trips need to be booked in advance. There is a picnic area. This is close to Columbia, SC but nothing is at the gate of this park as far as food. If you are an adventurous hiker wear the waterproof boots as there may be water on the trail. The boardwalk is nice for the younger hikers and strollers were being used. No dogs are allowed on the boardwalk. There are some limited trails for dogs. We went in Dec. which was cool and the trees were bare. I imagine in summer there may be lots of bugs but it would be shady. There are many large cypress trees at this park.

2  Thank Mary P
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We were traveling from Charlotte to Charleston and decided to tour Congaree on the way down. This is a park that is more unusual rather than beautiful. We took the 4.5 mile hike and it starts out on an elevated walkway above an area that may be flooded certain times of the year. Lots of noisy school kids on the walkway but we kept walking and eventually found ourselves alone on a dirt trail that gave glimpses of the swamps. I was hoping to see more wildlife but only saw squirrels and pileated woodpeckers. All in all it was a nice, easy hike however and I recommend this to anyone visiting the area. The visitor's center is also very well done and the buildings and restrooms were very clean and modern. The park ranger manning the visitor's center was well informed and very pleasant to deal with.

2  Thank StevoinMinnesoto
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We went to the park in November of this year. It is a good time to go as the mosquitoes are not very prevalent and the temperature is pleasant. We took a picnic lunch and enjoyed it before we took our walk along the boardwalk. We went off of the boardwalk and went on about a 4 mile walk among the huge trees and along the river. All trails lead back to the visitor center one way or another and we saw quite a few people on the board walks and very few people on the trails that went through the old growth forest. We learned quite a bit about this swamp as we followed the trail map that was provided. This is a free attraction and certainly worth seeing. It has been very dry in SC so we did not see a lot of "swampy" conditions. It can take as little as an hour or longer if you wish to walk farther.

2  Thank Bug6
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stopped here on a long trip and I wish we had more than a few hours. My kids do the Junior Ranger program which is pretty involved here. That took us over an hour plus walking a short ways on their boardwalk. The boardwalk is very well done and is about 2 1/2 miles round-trip so prepare for that time and wear comfortable shoes...you don't need sneakers but heals would be silly.
Their visitor's center could be a little more interactive. Some space was taken up by local kids art projects about the park...exciting for the kids but visitors don't really take the time to look at them.
I was surprised how many people were there so it must be pretty popular with the locals. Its not on a major highway or near any attractions so I thought it would be quiet and the ranger was surprised about how far we had come to visit.

5  Thank elawson
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This national park offers a unique experience where you can learn about the biological wildlife as well as the history of the swamps. There are several trails you can choose to follow and all are elevated above the swamps and offer places to sit and take in the beauty of the swamps. The best time to visit is early spring after a recent rainfall so that you can get the real feel of "swamp life." Be careful if you decide to visit during the Summer, South Carolina is known for it's huge mosquitos and hot temperatures.

3  Thank palmettogirl85
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