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September 25, 2014
Fall into Congaree National Park for Guided Programs in October & November
The public is invited to join park rangers and volunteer naturalists for guided programs in October and November. The fall is a great time to enjoy the park, with mild day time temperatures and cool evenings. All programs are free and begin at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.

September 23, 2014
12th Annual SwampFest
The public is invited to join park rangers and volunteers for special programs to celebrate SwampFest at Congaree National Park on October 4. SwampFest is a local heritage tourism event, which will take place October 3-4 in Lower Richland County. All park programs are free and begin at the Visitor Center.

August 25, 2014
Congaree National Park Seeks Public Input on Wild Pig Management Plan
The National Park Service is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft management plan for non-native wild pigs within Congaree National Park.

August 22, 2014
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at Congaree
Join park rangers and volunteers on Saturday, September 6 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with special programs. All programs are free and begin at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

August 20, 2014
12th Annual SwampFest Student Art Competition
Congaree National Park is seeking entries for the 12th Annual SwampFest Student Art competition. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this year's art competition theme is, "Wilderness is closer than you think".

August 01, 2014
Congaree National Park Seeks Public Input on Foundation Document
The NPS has prepared a foundation document to guide planning and management of Congaree. The park would like to invite the public to provide input about the document during a 30-day comment period beginning August 1, 2014.

June 12, 2014
Trail Marking Project Underway
Rrangers have begun an extensive project to re-mark over twenty miles of trails. The project will result in a safer experience for visitors. Park trails are currently identified by colors corresponding to trail names. The new marking project will replace color coding with numbers associated with each trail.

June 12, 2014
"Potential" Wilderness Converted to Wilderness
Superintendent Tracy Stakely announced the conversion of approximately 6,690 acres of park land from “potential” wilderness to wilderness. The land was originally labeled “potential’ wilderness in October 1988. The conversion was accomplished via publication of a notice in the Federal Register last month.

April 14, 2014
Prescribed Burn to Take Place at Congaree National Park
Within the next 2 to 3 weeks Congaree plans to complete two controlled burns on approximately 975 acres of park woodlands. The purpose of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildfire to park neighbors, enhance habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restore fire in the natural system.

April 04, 2014
Go Wild for Congaree!
Join rangers and volunteers at Congaree National Park this month for a variety of programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and National Park Week. All programs are free.

March 21, 2014
Tourism to Congaree National Park Creates $5,144,000 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 109,685 visitors to Congaree National Park in 2012 spent $5.144 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 66 jobs in the local area.

August 28, 2013
Congaree National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fee Program
Beginning September 3, 2013, Congaree National Park will begin a 30-day public comment period on the proposed addition of expanded amenity fees at the park.

Did You Know?

Students learn about the diverse forest community at Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park ranks among the most diverse forest communities in North America. There are 22 different plant communities in the park.