Trails have been adversely impacted by an active flood season and winter ice storms. They are littered with debris and many markers are missing. All hikers should use a compass and map when hiking in the park. A trail marking project is underway. More »
Numerous portages exist along Cedar Creek. Please plan accordingly when preparing to paddle in the park and be sure you are prepared for a safe trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do if I have 2 hours to spend in the park?
We recommend walking the 2.4 mile Boardwalk Trail, with a free, self-guiding brochure provided at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. There are wooden numbers on the boardwalk rails which coincide with numbers in the brochure, and explain to you some of the history and natural ecology of the park.
Is fishing allowed in the park?
Yes, fishing is allowed. You must possess a valid SC fishing license.
What is the difference between a National Park and a National Monument?
A national monument is intended to preserve at least one nationally significant resource, whereas a national park is usually larger and preserves a variety of nationally significant resources.
What is the difference between a floodplain and a swamp?
A floodplain is a low lying area near a river, covered by water periodically throughout the year. A swamp is permanently covered with water.
Where is the best place to see big trees?
Awe-inspiring big trees can be found along the Boardwalk Loop and throughout the trail system at Congaree National Park.
How tall are your trees?
The average canopy height is over 100ft tall. Congaree has one of the tallest temperate deciduous forests in the world, and is taller than the old-growth forests found in Japan, the Himalayas, Southern South America and all of Eastern Europe. The National Champion Loblolly Pine (found at Congaree) is 167 feet tall and almost 15 feet in circumference.
How can we identify poison ivy?
“Leaves of three, let it be” is good advice, although in winter the best way to identify it is by its hairy vine.
Can you use bikes on the trail(s)?
There are no designated bike trails at Congaree National Park.
Are dogs allowed on the trail(s)?
Dogs are allowed on all trails at Congaree National Park. They are required to be kept on a leash at all times. Please keep your dog with you at all times; do not leave your dog unattended in the park.
Does the park rent canoes or kayaks?
No. Canoes and kayaks can be rented through outfitters in Columbia.
Did You Know?
In 2003, Congaree became the first and only national park in South Carolina. Until then, it was known as Congaree Swamp National Monument.