Park Trail Conditions
Recent storms left damage on all park trails. Portions of the elevated boardwalk are currently closed. The lower boardwalk is open. Expect downed trees and debris on all trails and in Cedar Creek. Be prepared when hiking and canoeing.
Junior Ranger Patch Design Contest
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
Congaree National Park is seeking your help to design a new Junior Ranger patch. The winning design will be embroidered on a patch, which will be given to young visitors who complete the park's Junior Ranger program books. Congaree has Junior Ranger books for three age groups available at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and on the park's website:ages 6 and under, ages 7-10, and ages 11 and up.
All designs must contain the words "Congaree National Park Junior Ranger". Submit art work by May 10, 2013, to e-mail us or by mail to Ranger Lindsay Compton, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC 29061. The top three submissions will receive prizes and will be voted on by our Facebook fans in late May. The winning submission will become the design for the new patch. To vote, "like" us at facebook.com/congareenp. All entries will become the property of Congaree National Park and the park will reserve the right to edit submissions as the patch design is completed.
For more information about the National Park Service Junior Ranger program visit http://www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.cfm.
Did You Know?
In 2003, Congaree became the first and only national park in South Carolina. Until then, it was known as Congaree Swamp National Monument.