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.
National Trails Day June 1
The public is invited to roll up their sleeves alongside Congaree National Park rangers to celebrate National Trails Day on June 1 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sponsored by Trader Joe's, The Friends of Congaree Swamp, and American Rivers, the 3-hour event is a great way to give back to your public lands. Participants will meet rangers in the parking area at the Bates Bridge Landing (Hwy 601) along the Congaree River to collect and clean up trash. The area is adjacent to Congaree National Park lands and is located at the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail, a 50-mile paddling trail from Columbia, SC to Bates Bridge Landing (Hwy 601). Trash along the Hwy 601 corridor and in the bridge area directly impacts Congaree National Park and the Congaree River. For information about National Trails Day visit http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/.
Did You Know?
Harry Hampton began the initial drive to save the Congaree back in the early 50's by using his column in "The State", South Carolina's main newspaper, entitled "Woods & Waters"?