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.
Congaree National Park was authorized by Congress in 1976 to preserve the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southestern United States.
Like each of its sister national parks, Congaree must balance the competing demands of its dual mission: providing for a fulfilling visitor experience and preserving the natural and cultural resources located here.
Did You Know?
Congaree National Park hosts the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center. Research Learning Centers function as scientific laboratories and research libraries that enhance learning opportunities within our National Parks.