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 Reopens to Visitors
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
Congaree National Park re-opened to visitors yesterday. Visitors can access facilities, public areas and roads immediately. CongareeNational Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
"We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to Congaree National Park," said Superintendent Tracy Stakely. "With its mild temperatures and fall color, autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Congaree has to offer. I encourage visitors to take a hike in the park or attend a guided program this month. All programs are free and begin at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center."
Better with Age: Join a ranger for a short program about the value of Congaree's towering old-growth forest.
Nature Discovery: Walk with a park volunteer to look and listen for animals in the forest.
Tree Trek: Explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk with a park ranger.
The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, year-round.The facility is closed on Sunday, Monday and all Federal Holidays.Visitors are encouraged to explore Congaree at any time, as the park's trails and campgrounds remain open 24 hours, 7 days per week. Law enforcement and emergency services operations are available to visitors 7 days per week.
For additional information about Congaree, call 803-647-3970.
Did You Know?
There are many natural lakes called “Oxbows” within Congaree National Park, which used to be bends in the Congaree River. Some formed thousands of years ago.