• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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  • Longleaf Campground Closure Sept. 2-3

    The Longleaf Campground will be closed from 10:00 am Tuesday, September 2 - 10:00 am Wednesday, September 3. The closure will allow for exotic plant removal.

  • Trail Conditions

    A trail marking project is underway to identify trails with numbers instead of colored blazes. All hikers should use a compass and map when hiking in the park. More »

Laws & Policies

Protecting Visitors and Resources: Policies and Regulations
There are a variety of documents that guide the management of Congaree National Park. Many documents, like the National Environmental Policy Act, articulate legal requirements to which federal entities must adhere. Other documents, like the park's General Management Plan and Superintendent's Compendium, are formal documents that create a "contract" between the park and the public. Still others, like Director's and Superintendent Orders, direct how Congaree National Park and other national park units will operate.

The information available in this section will allow you to become more aware of park implementation plans and of how park operations are structured toward success in achieving the NPS mission of preserving unimpaired park resources for the enjoyment of future generations.

Firearms Information
As of February 22, 2010, a federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.

As a starting point, please visit:

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Federal Laws
Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks. More...
Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service.
  • Enabling legislation are the laws passed by congress that establish and define the park.
NPS Policies
Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks.
Park Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations and the Superintendent's Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.
  • 36 CFR parts 1-199 pertains to all National Park areas.
  • The Superintendent's Compendium provides a listing of park-specific regulations under the discretionary authority of the superintendent.
  • Other regulations may also apply.

Some regulations may be subject to change.

Did You Know?

Congaree National Park

Within the park are cattle mounds. These mounds were built to allow livestock to climb to higher ground during floods. In 1996 these mounds were added to the National Register of Historic Places