Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park

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Congaree National Park

South Carolina

(803) 776-4396

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Overview

Situated along the meandering Congaree River in central South Carolina, Congaree National Park is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life. This 22,200-acre park protects the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, the park's floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States. Congaree National Park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a place for you to walk and relax in a tranquil wilderness setting.

Map of Congaree

Latitude, Longitude: 33.783333, -80.783333

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Activities

  • Boating

    Ranger guided canoe tours available.

  • Camping

    After Hours Campground, Open All Year:This primitive campground has porta-johns, fire rings with grills, and picnic tables. There are seven sites. Each site is limited to eight campers. Please obtain a free camping permit and a list of regulations at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center prior to camping.

    Backcountry Camping, Open All Year: Camp in the wilderness of Congaree by hiking or canoeing. Please camp at least 200 feet away from backcountry trails and water and 500 feet away from park buildings and the boardwalk (see camping regulations). Camping is primitive with no facilities. Obtain a free camping permit and a list of regulations at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

    Bluff Campsite, Open All Year: Designated group camping area. Sites have fire rings and picnic tables. There are three sites that can accommodate up to 40 campers. Camping is primitive with no facilities. Obtain a free camping permit and a list of regulations at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed within Congaree National Park with a valid South Carolina fishing license. All South Carolina laws pertaining to licensing, size, and creel limits apply.Violation of the below fishing regulations could result in fines and/or seizure of fishing equipment. Do not use boats propelled by inboard/outboard motors.

  • Hiking

    Congaree National Park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a place for you to walk and relax in a tranquil wilderness setting amidst giant hardwoods and towering pines. Ranger guided interpretive walks available.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.

  • Water Sports

    The Congaree River Blue Trail is a 50-mile designated recreational paddling trail, extending from the state capital of Columbia, downstream to Congaree National Park. Paddlers begin with an urban adventure experience, with quick access to the Three Rivers Greenway hiking trails, as well as opportunities to learn about the historic significance of the capital city, including prehistoric Native American sites on the river's tributaries.

Seasonality/Weather

Congaree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm every day except December 25th.

Directions

Driving

Take exit #5 off I-77. Follow signs to the park entrance, (approximately 15 miles). Approximately 20 miles from Columbia by taxi.

Flying

Columbia Airport is 30 miles away.

Public Transportation

No public route available.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(803) 776-4396

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