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.
Harry Hampton Visitor Center Hours
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
Congaree National Park has announced a change to the hours at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, effective immediately.The Visitor Center will be open 9:00 am-5:00 pm, 7 days per week, year-round.The facility will continue to be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.Visitors are encouraged to explore Congaree at any time, as the park's trails remain open 24 hours, 7 days per week.
The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is staffed by park rangers, who assist visitors in planning their visit, provide information, and conduct guided programs.Natural and cultural history exhibits, a park film, and Eastern National bookstore are also available.By modifying Visitor Center hours slightly, the park can focus staffing on periods of heavier visitor use and conduct programs in the park and the local community.
Established in 1976, Congaree National Park preserves the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. An International Biosphere Reserve and federally-designated Wilderness Area, the park serves as a classroom and laboratory for visitors, students, and scientists from around the world.
For additional information, call 803-776-4396.
Did You Know?
In North America, only the conifer forests of the Western U.S. coastal region are substantially taller. East of the Mississippi, just a few patches of white pine and some cove forests in Great Smoky Mountains NP are taller. When compared to all of the world's forests, Congaree is among the tallest.