• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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  • Trail Conditions

    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 »

  • Paddling Conditions

    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.

Management

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 Entrance Sign

In 2003, Congaree became the first and only national park in South Carolina. Until then, it was known as Congaree Swamp National Monument.